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    Program cover for the Washington games of the 1933 World Series. (eBay listing)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brownie31 View Post
    Friday, April 21, 1939 Griffith Stadium Washington DC: Substituting for President Roosevelt, Vice President John Nance Garner tosses out the first pitch as Bucky Harris, Senators manager, and Joe McCarthy, Yankees manager look on. The Yankees would win 6-3 and roll to their fourth consecutive World Series championship while Harris' Senators would stumble home in sixth place. (Corbis)

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    Nice to see this picture... I've always loved the 1939 Centennial sleeve patch, and I was disappointed that the belief was, according to Marc Okkonen's Baseball Uniforms of the Twentieth Century, that the team did not wear that patch for the sleeve W (actually, the team history says they had it, but the 1939 uniform pic does not). But this pic proves that that really bland uniform did have the patch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryanac625 View Post
    Nice to see this picture... I've always loved the 1939 Centennial sleeve patch, and I was disappointed that the belief was, according to Marc Okkonen's Baseball Uniforms of the Twentieth Century, that the team did not wear that patch for the sleeve W (actually, the team history says they had it, but the 1939 uniform pic does not). But this pic proves that that really bland uniform did have the patch.
    The patch was probably an order from on high for all teams in mlb. Question: Do you know if they were worn in the minors?

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    Friday, April 20, 1945 Griffith Stadium Washington DC: Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn prepares to throw out the first pitch of the baseball season. Looking on are, from left, Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas, Clark Griffith, Walter Johnson, Yankee Manager Joe McCarthy and Senators Manager Ossie Bluege. Bluege's Senators were defeated by the Yankees 6-3 that day en route to an 87-67 second place finish. (Corbis)

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  5. To answer your question about minor leaguers wearing the patch in 1939 the answer is Yes. Here are a couple of Texas Leaguers wearing the patch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by slidekellyslide View Post
    To answer your question about minor leaguers wearing the patch in 1939 the answer is Yes. Here are a couple of Texas Leaguers wearing the patch.

    Thanks very much!

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    Colorful and elaborate team picture of the 1924 World Champions. (Sports-Photos.com)

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    The Big Train Is Derailed

    Washington, DC Friday, October 14, 1932: Somber faced Clark Griffith and Walter Johnson face the newspapermen after Johnson was let go as Senators manager after four seasons. Johnson was succeeded by Joe Cronin. This is an original Associated Press wirephoto. (eBay listing)

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    Quote Originally Posted by slidekellyslide View Post
    To answer your question about minor leaguers wearing the patch in 1939 the answer is Yes. Here are a couple of Texas Leaguers wearing the patch.
    I wonder if that patch was worn by the Negro Leagues in 1939.
    Last edited by bryanac625; 05-04-2007 at 04:27 AM.

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    Wednesday, April 14, 1915 National Park Washington DC: President Woodrow Wilson is shown at the season opener and is in high spirits. And well he should be as he and other loyal fans would see Clark Griffith's Senators belt the New York Yankees 7-0 in route to an 85-68 fourth place finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brownie31 View Post
    I believe that I read somewhere that Newsome is the only person to pitch to both Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle!

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    No, he wasn't...

    I'm not sure, but I think the pitcher's name was Al Benton. I have to look it up...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlayJay View Post
    No, he wasn't...

    I'm not sure, but I think the pitcher's name was Al Benton. I have to look it up...
    It was Al Benton. And you can also throw in Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio to complete the list.

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    Thanks, Yankwood...

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    Where have you guys been hiding.

    I can't believe I have found a bunch of old Senator's fans. All the great photos and memories. I was lucky enough to have attended that 1956 All Star game at Griffith. Centerfield bleachers, of course. Despite a National League team stuffed with Cincinatti Reds, they let Willie Mays play and he rewarded us all with a shot half way up the left center bleachers. As I recall, Mickey Vernon was our lone Senator rep and he pop-ed up his only at bat.

    My first game ever was the Opener in I believe 1953. I remember the program had pics of both Mickey Vernon (who had won the AL Batting Championship the prior year) and Bob Portifield (who had been the top AL Pitcher) on the front cover. The Nats won on a walk off homer by Vernon that hit the top of the rightfield fense and skipped over. We were sitting in the rightfield 2nd deck and could look right down on the wall and the ball. I still remember the look of disgust on the Yankee Rightfielder's face. I think the fielder was Irv Noren.

    I grew up in Arlington and even at the age of 10 and 11 my friends and I would go to afternoon games at Griffith. We would take a Virginia bus to it's first stop on 7th Street, and then either walk or take the streetcar up Georgia Avenue to the stadium. Although the neighborhood had already become mostly black, not once did we ever encounter the least problem. In fact, I have memories of walking down Georgia Ave. after Sunday day games and stopping at a Negro storefront church just to listen to the great singing.
    Those were wonderful and very different times.

    I am constantly looking for a photo that would show clearly the great Mr. Bo
    National Bohemium Beer sign that sat above the leftfield bleachers. I am amazed at how few good photos of Griffith are available. I have attached a copy of my attempt to colorize an old widely distributed black and white AP photo.
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    Welcome Aboard, Don!

    DonDownUnder, Welcome aboard!

    I think you'll find that Baseball-Fever.Com is one of the friendliest sites on the web-even friendlier when we're welcoming another SENATORS fan to our ranks.

    You know, this is driving me crazy!!! I have been looking all over the web for a photo of the National Boh billboard at Griffith Stadium and seem to keep coming up empty-handed. I do have a book at home with a couple of photos-in glorious black and white-of it. Guess I'll have to break down and scan them and see if I can post them here.

    In the interim, here's a link to a great writeup on Griffith Stadium, but no photo of the billboard in question.

    Hope you'll come back Don. Things seem to go in cycles here, it's usually quiet this time of year and picks up in the fall. BTW-I play on a softball team here in Charles County, MD named the Senators. I have a Senators pennant and photo of the 1971 team hanging in my office. I've mentioned it on this forum before but 1971 was a bittersweet year for me-I graduated from high school in the spring and then the Senators left town that fall.
    "For the Washington Senators, the worst time of the year is the baseball season." Roger Kahn

    "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring." Rogers Hornsby.

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    Smile

    Thanks so much for the friendly greeting. I have family down your way and spent some great days boating with my father-in-law out of Solomons Island.
    I had a similiar high-school experience although a decade before yours. For some cruel reason my highschool principal announced over the school PA system Calvin Griffith's decision to move the Senators to Minneapolis. What made it worse was some students actually cheered. It broke my heart.

    I'm sure you are aware of the feature at the Washington Post Sports/Nationals site that allows us to watch the hour-to-hour progress being made in the construction of the new Nationals Park. It appears it will be an amazing stadium and I am delighted it is being built. But what can't be ignored is the many many luxury features being included for the rich and powerful. Oh well, those center field bleacher seats look great too.

    The Nat's lost last night to the Braves 13-0. They will pay for that

    GO NAT!!!!

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    National Bohemian sign

    It's not a photo, but there is a great color postcard on the Bill Goff site. It's
    called Long Gone Griffith, and it's superb. There is another color postcard of
    Griffith on their site. It's a great site for stadium artwork, especially for those of old enough to have personal memories of attending games at some of the older baseball palaces, and/or those with a sense of history. Check out some of the other parks. There are some exquisite pieces there.
    Best wishes,
    Tom

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    My grandfather play for the Washington Senators in 1949, his name was Paul Calvert form Sherbrook, Quebec, he was a RHP, here is a link to his stats http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/historical/...layerID=111898.
    Also played in Cuba and Mexico.

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    1912: Clark Griffith and the Senators head to spring training!

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    Shots of Griffith

    It might be the famous shift named for Williams, but that's not Teddy Ballgame at bat. It looks to me like the Yankees are in town from the little scoreboard and the packed stands. It's not Mantle who wore number 7 nor Dimaggio who batted right handed. Hard to make out the "At Bat" number on the scoreboard for sure - but it appears to be a single digit and I'm guessing its Nr. 8 - that could be Yogi Berra I think. Can't tell you how many times I saw him pull one over that right field wall.

    Great pics.

    Attached is a famous one of DiMaggio also taken at Griffith Stadium.
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