1899 Senators Outfielders (left-right): LF Jack O'Brien, CF Jimmy Slagle, and RF Buck Freeman
1899 LF Jack O'Brien.jpg1899 CF Jimmy Slagle.jpg1899 RF Buck Freeman.jpg
Buck Freeman hit an astonishing 25 home runs that season, a total that was not exceeded until Babe Ruth hit 29 in 1919 with a cork-centered ball.
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That's all I've found to date. For a team that played in the nation's capital, there are surprisingly few photos available. If anyone has additional photos from the C.M. Bell studio session in 1894, or team photos from the Spalding or Reach guides of the late 1890's, you are welcome to post them here.
This is great work! I've read Shirley Povich's history, and remember that the 1890s teams were pretty poor...which would explain why there are so few pictures.
However, the page from the Washington Times is a AAA+ winner, just for the advertisements from Hechts. Incidentally, in the early '50s, the Post bought the Times-Herald, becoming, for a few years, "The Washington Post Times-Herald".
I've just added a team photo of the 1897 Senators to post #8 in this thread.
1894 Senators' 2B/SS Tim O'Rourke
1894 2BSS Tim O'Rourke.jpg
I have also added, to post #7, a cabinet photo of outfielder Bill Hassamaer.
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Dummy Hoy, early 1890's cabinet photo
1892 Dummy Hoy.jpg
1919, Side-by-Side photos of Buck Freeman and Babe Ruth
Publicity photos taken when Ruth surpassed Freeman's record of 25 home runs in a season, set in 1899 with the Senators.
1919 Buck Freeman and Babe Ruth.jpg
(Ned Williamson's 27 home runs in 1884 were disregarded because he was aided by an exceptionally short fence and the removal of ground rules that had previously made many over-the-fence hits count as doubles.)
1892 Washington Senators article with player portraits
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Outfielder Kip Selbach in 1951
1951 Kip Selbach.jpg
Win Mercer Caprice, a song composed in honor of the Senators' popular young pitcher
Win Mercer Caprice.jpg
From the SABR biography: Only nineteen when he arrived in Washington, young and handsome with piercing dark eyes, and an outgoing personality, fans found him easy to like. According to sportswriter Fred Lieb, "Mercer was one of the most handsome players in the game". Women, especially, liked him, and Mercer "loved the ladies". The team's owners liked to pitch Mercer on Tuesdays and Fridays, days designated as Ladies Days, because he attracted a crowd. An 1897 Ladies Day game ended in shambles when women rioted after Umpire Bill Carpenter ejected Mercer. As they described the incident: "an army of angry females poured out of the stands. They surrounded Carpenter, shoved him to the ground and ripped his clothing…. Finally police brought the situation under control".
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Kip Selbach, dressed in the 1895 'W' sweater and cap, in a cabinet photo from the C.M. Bell studio
Charlie Reilly, 1897 3B, wearing his Washington uniform in 1900 (edited from a group photo of the Denver Bears)
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Gene DeMontreville, Shortstop, 1895-1897
1895 DeMontreville - sepia.jpg
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Not across the board, Newspapers like the New York Times referred to Williamson's record of 27 when Ruth blasted his 28th at the Polo Grounds during a match on September 24, 1919 "for a new world's record." Boston was visiting the Yankees who played at the Polo Grounds at the time. It was a smash over the right field grand stand into Manhattan Field.
Originally Posted by RUKen
1994 Washington Outfielders Charlie Abbey (CF, left) and Bill Hassamaer (RD, right)
1894 Charley Abbey CF.jpg 1894 Bill Hassamaer RF.jpg
1894 Washington Infielders
Bill Joyce (3B, left) and Frank Scheibeck (SS, right)
1894 Bill Joyce 3B.jpg 1894 Frank Scheibeck SS.jpg
Piggy Ward (2B, left) and Joe Sullivan (SS/2B, right)
1894 Piggy Ward 2B.jpg 1894 Joe Sullivan 2BSS.jpg
Tim O'Rourke (SS/2B)
1894 Tim O'Rourke 2BSS.jpg
1894 Pitchers Mike Sullivan (left) and Bill Wynne* (right)
1894 Mike Sullivan P.jpg 1894 Bill Wynne P 1 g CG loss 11R 6ER 8-31-94.jpg
*Wynne had one major-league appearance, a complete-game loss on August 31st, 1994, in which he allowed 11 runs (6 earned), 10 hits, 8 walks, 2 hit batsmen, and had 2 wild pitches.
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1895 Washington Infielders
Shortstops Dan Coogan (left) and Parson Nicholson (right)
1895 Dan Coogan SS.jpg 1895 Parson Nicholson SS.jpg
1B Ed Cartwright
1895 Ed Cartwright 1B.jpg
1895 Washington Pitchers
Win Mercer (left) and Al Maul (right)
1895 Win Mercer P.jpg 1895 Al Maul P.jpg
Varney Anderson (left) and Otis Stocksdale (right)
1895 Varney Anderson P.jpg 1895 Otis Stockdale P.jpg
1895 Al Krumm DNP P.jpg
*Krumm's only major-league appearance was in a complete-game loss on May 17th, 1889, for Pittsburgh.
He was with the Senators during spring training in 1895 and on the roster at the start of the season, but did not get into a regular-season game.
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