The game on October 3, 1904 marked Mathewson’s final start of the season, and he certainly saved the best for last. Unfortunately, it was one of the best games never seen. The Giants had clinched the pennant almost two weeks earlier and with just four games remaining, only 300 fans attended the game that day. Mathewson certainly gave them their money’s worth, as his sixteen strikeouts broke the nine-inning record then concurrently held by Rube Waddell and Fred Glade. The win, which came at the expense of another future Hall of Famer, Kid Nichols, was Mathewson’s thirty-third of the season and the ninety-seventh of his career.
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