1904 Pacific Coast League season

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In its second season, the Pacific Coast League became a member of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. Unlike the runaway that was the 1903 season, this season was much closer. Tacoma won the first half, and was winning the second half, with Los Angeles in second place. With one month left in the PCL season, and the major league season over, Jim Morley, the owner of the Los Angeles team, attempted to lure some major leaguers in a bid to catch Tacoma for the second half title. Morley offered contracts to Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner, Joe McGinnity and Frank Chance. Of those, only Chance ended up signing, and he played hard. Los Angeles ended up 1 game behind Tacoma for the second half title, but League president Eugene Bert ruled in favor of Los Angeles on a pending protest of an August 22nd game against Portland. With the loss thrown out, Tacoma and Los Angeles tied for the second half title. League rules stipulated that Tacoma was the league champion, but Morley wanted a playoff series to determine the champion. The League president declared the season was over, but was in favor of an unsanctioned playoff series between the two teams. The two teams agreed to a 10-game series, with Tacoma playing their home games in San Francisco, due to the early December weather.

Emil Frisk was the hitting star of the league. If there was a Most Valuable Player award at that time, he surely would have won it. Doc Newton lead all pitchers with 39 wins, one of five pitchers to win at least 30 games.

Frank Barber of San Francisco no-hit Oakland on July 13th for the only such game that season.

Final standings[edit]

W L Pct. GB Manager Affiliation
Tacoma Tigers 130 94 .580 -- Charlie Graham
Los Angeles Looloos 119 98 .548 7.5 Pop Dillon / Jud Smith / Tim Flood
Seattle Siwashes 115 105 .523 13 Parke Wilson / Russ Hall
Oakland Commuters 115 110 .511 15.5 Pete Lohman
San Francisco Seals 101 117 .463 26 Charlie Irwin
Portland Browns 80 136 .370 46 Bones Ely / Dan Dugdale / Ike Butler

Playoff: Tacoma 5 games, Los Angeles 4, one tie

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