1891-1899 Washington Senators
The Senators of the 1890's played their first season in the American Association in 1891, finishing last in a 9-team league. The AA merged with the National League prior to the 1892 season, and Washington was one of four teams from the 1891 AA that continued to play in the enlarged NL. (Several other teams had previously moved from the AA to the NL.) The Senators had a losing record each year, with their best finish in 1897 at 61-71 for 6th place. After the 1899 season, they were eliminated from the National League as the NL contracted from 12 to 8 teams.
I've established this thread to post photos and newspaper portraits (line drawings) of the 1890's Senators.
1894 Washington Senators
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This team photo was previously posted to Baseball Fever by Dto7.
1894 Senators C Dan Dugdale (left) and LF Kip Selbach (right)
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1895 Washington Senators
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1895 Washington Senators formal portrait
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1895 Washington Senators Sporting Life composite
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1895 Senators 3B Bill Joyce (left), CF Charlie Abbey (center), and RF Bill Hassamaer (right)
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Last edited by RUKen; 03-25-2013 at 08:56 AM.
1897 Washington Senators
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1897 Washington Senators caricature
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1) P Win Mercer 2) C Deacon McGuire 3) 1B Ed Cartwright 4) 2B John O'Brien 5) SS Gene DeMontreville 6) 3B Charlie Reilly
7) LF Kip Selbach 8) CF Tom Brown 9) RF Billy Lush 10) P Cy Swaim 11) P Doc Mc James 12) Manager Gus Schmelz
13) Infielder Les German 14) P Silver King 15) RF Charlie Abbey 16) C Duke Farrell 17) P Al Maul 18) Outfielder Effie Norton
Last edited by RUKen; 03-05-2013 at 01:01 PM.
1897 Senators P Win Mercer (Sporting Life)
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1898 Senators 1B Jack Doyle
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1898 Senators 3B Judson Smith (Sporting Life)
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1898 Senators C Deacon McGuire (Sporting Life)
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1898 Senators LF Kip Selbach (Sporting Life)
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1899 Senators CF Jimmy Slagle (Sporting Life)
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1899 Washington Times portraits of the Senators
Many of the players featured in this early-season edition of the Times did not stick with the club for very long. I've enlarged the portraits in the following posts.
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1899 Senators 3B Doc Casey (left) and C Duke Farrell (right)
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Both of these players were traded to Brooklyn on April 25th.
1899 Senators 1B Harry Davis (left), OF Jake Gettman (center), and SS Billy Hulen (right)
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Each of these men played fewer than 20 games for the Senators in 1899.
Harry Davis later had a successful career with the Philadelphia Athletics and led the American League in home runs each year from 1904 through 1907.
1899 Senators P Ed Dunkle (left) and Frank Killen (right)
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These players pitched just 4 games and 2 games, respectively, for the Senators in 1899.
1899 Senators P Billy Dinneen (left) and Kirtley Baker (right)
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Bill Dinneen later became the pitching star of the 1903 World Series for the Boston Americans.
1899 Senators 2B/SS Dick Padden
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1899 Senators Outfielders (left-right): LF Jack O'Brien, CF Jimmy Slagle, and RF Buck Freeman
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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.
Last edited by RUKen; 02-11-2013 at 06:54 AM.
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
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I have also added, to post #7, a cabinet photo of outfielder Bill Hassamaer.
Last edited by RUKen; 03-25-2013 at 08:57 AM.