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The New York Giants ended Pittsburgh's three-year reign as National League champions in 1904 by finishing the regular season with a record of 106-47, 13 games ahead of the second-place Chicago Cubs.  Giant hurlers Christy Mathewson and Joe McGinnity won a total of 68 games between them, enabling New York to run away with the N.L. flag.  Mathewson finished 33-12, with a 2.03 ERA, 367 innings pitched, and 33 complete games in 48 appearances.  As brilliant as Mathewson was, McGinnity was even better.  The latter finished with a record of 35-8, and he led the league in virtually every statistical category.  In addition to topping the circuit in victories, McGinnity finished first with a 1.61 ERA, 408 innings pitched, nine shutouts, five saves, and 51 appearances, completing 38 of his starts.

New York’s first-place finish gave John McGraw his first National League pennant.  A typical McGraw team, the Giants not only had the senior circuit’s two best pitchers, but they also featured the league’s top offense.  Although they lacked a dominant star, the Giants’ lineup was made up of beautifully complementary parts, including George Browne, who led the league with 99 runs scored, and Bill Dahlen, who topped the circuit with 80 runs batted in.  As a team, the Giants led the league in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, walks, batting average, and stolen bases.

Second-place Chicago won 93 games, and, with rising young stars such as Frank Chance, Johnny Evers, and Joe Tinker, the Cubs were on the verge of creating a dynasty of their own.

Meanwhile, fourth-place Pittsburgh featured the league’s top hitter in Honus Wagner, who won his third batting title with a mark of .349 and topped the circuit with 53 stolen bases.

Fans who anticipated another exciting interleague postseason series were disappointed.  Late in the year, John McGraw and New York owner John Brush issued a press release that called the American League a "minor league" and stated that the Giants "desired no greater glory than to win the pennant in the National League."

By subsequently refusing to meet the American League pennant winner in any sort of postseason series, McGraw struck another spiteful blow against his old enemy, Ban Johnson.  However, after the season, owners from both leagues sat down to make certain that such a snub never took place again.  They drafted a set of guidelines that established a formal World Series under rules that remain more or less intact today.

Other notable events that took place in the National League over the course of the 1904 campaign include:

• The 154-game schedule was adopted.

• On June 11, Cubs pitcher Bob Wicker threw a no-hitter vs. New York for nine innings.  Although he lost his no-hitter in the 10th inning, he eventually won the game.

• At 18 years of age, John Lush of the Philadelphia Phillies established himself as the youngest regular in National League history.

• Provoked by noted ump-baiter John McGraw, Giants players beat an umpire unconscious after a game in spring training.

• St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Taylor was accused of throwing games, although nothing came of the charges.

• The Giants clinched the National League flag in a record 137 games.

Ginger Beaumont set a National League record by topping the circuit in hits for the third straight year.

• The Giants led the National League in BA (.262), FA (.956), runs (744), homers (31), steals (283), and ERA (2.17).

Kid Nichols won 21 games for the lowly Cardinals after being out of the game for two seasons.

• At age 52, Jim O'Rourke caught a full game for the Giants.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BRO 1464 4916 497 1142 390 .236 159 53 15 205 1452 .333 .274 .629 128
BSN 1461 5135 491 1217 394 .197 153 50 24 143 1542 .312 .236 .570 101
CHN 1467 5210 597 1294 470 .202 157 62 22 227 1641 .284 .264 .581 139
CIN 1485 5231 692 1332 561 .228 189 92 21 179 1768 .305 .303 .608 132
NY1 1518 5150 744 1347 564 .233 202 65 31 283 0 1772 .345 .301 .661 0 165
PHI 1488 5103 571 1268 469 .204 170 54 23 159 0 1615 .296 .247 .561 0 0 117
PIT 1473 5160 675 1333 522 .209 164 102 15 178 1746 .319 .264 .620 116
SLN 1432 5104 602 1292 456 .207 175 66 24 199 1671 .278 .264 .553 126

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BRO 174 56 97 1337 453 414 5549 1281 27 31.480 401 616 135 12 2 28 3
BSN 175 55 98 1347 544 500 5709 1405 25 33.180 514 757 136 13 0 50 4
CHN 173 93 60 1383 618 402 5580 1150 16 19.770 354 511 139 18 6 24 4
CIN 172 88 65 1394 502 343 5625 1256 13 16.930 362 548 142 12 2 33 4
NY1 186 106 46 1397 707 349 5605 1151 36 32.990 337 475 127 21 15 29 3
PHI 180 52 100 1341 469 425 5802 1418 22 76.430 505 784 131 9 2 32 8
PIT 181 87 66 1349 455 379 5571 1273 13 58.230 433 587 133 15 1 30 5
SLN 162 74 79 1368 529 319 5787 1286 23 25.090 401 595 146 7 2 22 2

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BRO 1427 6262 3995 1924 343 .902 0 0 0 0 13
BSN 1440 6451 4020 2078 353 .914 0 0 0 0 27
CHN 1454 6477 4140 2039 298 .935 0 0 0 0 25
CIN 1466 6490 4161 2028 301 .952 0 0 0 0 27
NY1 1490 6633 4176 2163 294 .902 0 0 0 0 14
PHI 1453 6402 4012 1989 401 .891 0 0 0 0 18
PIT 1451 6406 4043 2072 291 .956 0 0 0 0 19
SLN 1409 6422 4079 2036 307 .926 0 0 0 0 20

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Ban Johnson, Bill Dahlen, Bob Wicker, Christy Mathewson, Frank Chance, George Browne, Ginger Beaumont, Honus Wagner, Jack Taylor, Joe McGinnity, Joe Tinker, John Brush, John McGraw, Johnny Evers, Johnny Lush, Kid Nichols, New York Giants

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