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  1. #221

    October 7

    1924 World Series

    Washington at NY Giants, Game 4

    Senators 7 Giants 4

    Series tied 2-2


    In baseball lore, this contest became known as the "Goslin Game". A Polo Grounds record crowd of 49,243 witness Goslin's 4-for-4, 4 RBI day that leads the Senators to a 7-4 win to deadlock the series. With Bucky Harris giving Walter Johnson an extra days rest, George Mogridge picks up the win. Firpo Marberry, following his subpar start in game 3, gets the save.

    The Giants tally once in the 1st, but Goslin replies with a bang in the 3rd. With Earl McNeely at third and Harris at second with two down, Goslin nails a Virgil Barnes pitch to right for a 3-run home run and a 3-1 Nats lead. In the 5th, McNeely punches a single to left. Harris follows with a single of his own that moves McNeely to third. Barnes, facing Sam Rice, throws a wild pitch, scoring McNeely for Washington's 4th run. One out later, Goslin continues to torment Barnes, a 16 game winner in 1924, with a RBI single for his 3rd hit and 4th RBI of the game.

    In the top half of the 8th, the Sens put New York away. Goslin picks up his 4th hit, a single, to lead off. Joe Judge singles sharply to left. When Giants LF Irish Meusel errors attempting to field the ball, Goslin scampers to third and Judge head to second. Ossie Bluege singles, bringing in Goslin and Judge for a 7-2 lead, on the way to an eventual 7-4 Senators win.


    1925 World Series

    Washington at Pittsburgh, Game 1

    Senators 4 Pirates 1

    Senators lead series 1-0


    Oddsmakers label the veteran laden Nats as the favorites to win this year's World Series. And why not? The Sens had surpassed their 1924 regular season record by 5.5 games and handily won the 1925 AL pennant by 8.5 games. Regulars Muddy Ruel, Joe Judge, Goose Goslin and Sam Rice all have batting averages of well over .300, with Rice's .350 clip leading the team. New addition Stan Coveleski led the AL with a 2.84 ERA, while recording a 20-5 W/L mark. Walter Johnson, while not as dominating as 10 years ago, still notched a 20-7 mark. Washington can also boast of having the premier relief pitcher in the AL, if not the majors, in Firpo Marberry.

    To overlook Pittsburgh, in the Fall Classic for the first time since 1909, as a walkover to the Senators second straight world championship would be foolish. Much like their American League counterparts, the Pirates lapped the senior circuit by 8.5 games. Four regulars, 3B Pie Traynor, SS Glenn Wright, LF Clyde Barnhardt, and RF Kiki Cuyler, each drove in 100 or more RBI. Every starting position player, sans 2B Eddie Moore, hit over .300. And, in CF Max Carey, the Bucs have the NL stolen base king. Pittsburgh may not have a star in the pitching department, but 5 pitchers won 15 or more, led by Lee "Spec" Meadows 19.

    With the Big Train's fastball blazing, this game would belong to the Nats. Washington LF Joe "Moon" Harris pops a solo HR to right in the 2nd to spot the Sens a 1-0 margin. In the 5th, Sam Rice 2-run single extends the Washington lead to 3-0.

    Johnson surrenders a run in the bottom half of the 5th, when Traynor goes deep to shave the lead to 3-1. But that would all the Pirates would get off the dominant Johnson. The Big Train strikes out 10, allows 5 hits and smothers the powerful Pittsburgh offense in Washington's 4-1 win. Rice, Moon Harris and Ossie Bluege are the hitting stars, each collecting 2 hits each.


    1933 World Series

    NY Giants at Washington, Game 5

    Giants 4 Senators 3 (10)

    Giants win World Series 4-1


    Facing elimination and with their backs against the wall, the Nats come out lifeless in a do or die contest. The Giants plate 2 in the 2nd on starting pitcher Hal Schumacher's 2-run single off Alvin Crowder. Another New York run in the 6th pads the Giant lead to 3-0.

    The Senators appear dead in the water when Heinie Manush singles with two outs in the 6th. The quiet Griffith Stadium crowd stirs after Joe Cronin follows Manush with another single. With two on and two out, it is reasonable to suggest that quite a few Nats fans were pessimistic about their team's chances of scoring. Hadn't the Senators consistently failed in situations like this during the whole series? The pessimism fades when Fred Schulte crashes a liner into the right field pavilion for a game-tying, home run. Suddenly, the score is now 3-3.

    Staggering from the swift change in momentum, Schumacher allows a Joe Kuhel single and a rocket from Ossie Bluege that 3B Travis Jackson knocks down. Jackson hurries a wild throw to first that pulls Bill Terry off the bag for an error. Running aggressively, Kuhel makes it to third. Having given up 5 straight hits, Terry removes Schumacher in favor of 43 year old Dolf Luque. Luque, "The Pride of Havana", cleans up the mess by getting Luke Sewell on a ground ball to end the inning.

    Neither club threatens for runs in the ensuing three innings. In the top of 10th, with two away and nobody on, Mel Ott skys a fly ball to CF that carries. CF Shulte gets his glove on the ball, but when he collides with the wall, the ball pops out and lands in the stands. Umpire Charles Pfirman initially rules it a ground rule double, believing the ball hit the ground before going into the stands. When Terry explodes out of the dugout protesting, Pfirman confers with crew chief Charley Moran. Pfirman reverses his original call and awards Ott with a home run. Now, the Senators find themselves 3 outs away from elimination.

    Goose Goslin taps out to Loque for out number one. Manush hits a laser, but 2B Howie Critz snags it for the second out. Down to their last hope to keep their season alive, Cronin pumps a single to left. Former hero, and now goat, Schulte walks on four straight pitches. Up next is Kuhel, who drove in 107 RBI in the regular season, who needs desperately to drive in another one. Instead, Kuhel will go down as the last Washington hitter in a postseason game when he strikes out. The 4-3 New York victory makes the Giants the World Series champion for the 4th time in their history.

    Senators Birthdays

    Charles Elmer (Punch) Knoll B Oct. 7, 1881 D Feb. 8, 1960

    Single Season Senator Punch Knoll was an outfielder who could also fill in as a catcher and 1st baseman. Playing in 79 games for the 1905 Senators, Knoll would go 52 for 244 including 10 doubles and 5 triples with 29 RBI.

    "Punch" Knoll career record

    Filomeno Coronada (Phil) Ortega B Oct. 7, 1939 Still Living

    Signed by the LA Dodgers in 1959, pitcher Phil Ortega would make his major league debut in September of 1960. Making brief appearances in 1960 and 1961, Ortega would pitch in 24 games with the Dodgers in 1962, posting an 0-2 record with a 6.88 ERA.

    Ortega would see action in only 1 major league game in 1963 but would have a much more active season in 1964, pitching in 34 games, posting a 7-9 record with a 4.00 ERA.

    After the 1964 season, Ortega was a part of the famous trade that sent Frank Howard, Ken McMullen, Pete Richert (and later Dick Nen) along with Ortega to the expansion Senators in exchange for Claude Osteen, John Kennedy and $100,000.

    Ortega would have some active, if not entirely successful seasons with the Senators from 1965 through 1968, going 12-15 in '65, 12-12 in '66, 10-10 in '67 and 5-12 in 1968, when after a couple of years of slow improvement, the Senators crashed back to last place in the 10-team league.

    Purchased by the California Angels at the start of the 1969 season, Ortega would pitch in just 5 games, his ERA swelling to 10.13, and he'd play in his final major league game in early May of '69.

    "Phil" Ortega career record

    Albert Sima B Oct. 7, 1921 D Aug. 17, 1993

    Originally signed by the New York Giants in 1942, pitcher Al Sima would spend 8 years in the Giants organization before being purchased by the Washington Senators.

    Making his major league debut with the Senators in late June of 1950, Sima would post a 4-5 record in 17 games that season with a 4.79 ERA. 1951 would see Sima go 3-7 in 18 games with an identical ERA of 4.79.

    Sima would not make an appearance in the majors in 1952 but would return to the Senators in 1953 when he'd go 2-6 in 34 games, his most active season.

    Sima would be drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the off-season. He'd pitch in just 5 games for the White Sox in 1954, posting an 0-1 record, before he was traded in mid-June to the Philadelphia Athletics.

    29 games with the Athletics, where he'd go 2-5, would mark the end of Sima's major league experience, his last game coming in mid-September of '54.

    Al Sima career record
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  2. #222

    October 8

    1924 World Series

    Washington at NY Giants, Game 5

    Giants 6 Senators 2

    Giants lead series 3-2


    The good news: Goose Goslin sets a still standing World Series record by hitting safely in six consecutive at bats. Goslin establishes the mark with a 2nd inning, infield hit off Jack Bentley. The bad news: Not only do the Sens lose, but are now on the precipice of elimination. Compounding the gloom is that the Nats best pitcher Walter Johnson gets hammered for 13 hits and 6 runs in 8 innings worked.

    Nevertheless, the contest is competitive through the first 7 and a half innings. In the home 3rd, the Giants score first. Travis Jackson, Bentley and Fred Lindstrom all single, with Lindstrom's hit knocking in Jackson. New York would have had additional runs if not for RF Sam Rice's nice grab of a Ross Youngs line drive that started an inning ending double play, Rice to Johnson to C Muddy Ruel to nab the slow footed Bentley at the plate.

    The Sens quickly reply with a run of their own. Joe Judge singles to right to start the 4th. Two outs later, Judge trots home on an RBI single from 3B Ralph Miller. Miller is starting his second straight game at 3B in place of Ossie Bluege, who is playing SS in place of Roger Peckinpaugh, still hampered by a charley horse. After four frames, it is 1-1.

    A former Senator comes back to haunt his old mates in the 5th. P Jack Bentley, who played parts of 3 seasons with the Nats from 1913 to 1916, towers a home run with a man on that falls just fair to give himself, and his team, a 3-1 lead. A native of Sandy Spring, MD, Bentley had been with Baltimore of the International Association from 1917-1922 before the Giants purchased him for $72,000. A good hitting pitcher, Bentley's 16-5, 3.78 ERA mark in 1924 was by far the best season of his career and this game would be the highwater mark of his 9 year major league stint.

    New York is never headed after Bentley's home run. After a Goslin home run pulls the Nats to within a run in the 8th, the Giants put the game out of reach of a laboring Johnson in the bottom half. Travis Jackson's sacrifice fly, reliever Hugh McQuillan and Fred Lindstrom's RBI singles cap the Giants scoring for the New York 6-2 win.

    Despite being one win away from the championship, Giants fans were pulling for the iconic Johnson to bring home his first World Series win. As the Giants pulled away in the 8th, the Polo Grounds became shockingly silent. As a discouraged Big Train made his journey to the CF clubhouse following the game, the question on Giants fans, and the baseball world's, mind can be summed up as "Is this the final shot at glory for a hero?"


    1925 World Series

    Washington at Pittsburgh, Game 2

    Pirates 3 Senators 2

    Series tied 1-1


    Serving notice that this World Series will not be a walk in the park, Pittsburgh evens the series with a hard fought, 3-2 victory. A scary moment occurs in the top of the 6th when 3B Ossie Bluege is beaned in the head from a pitch from Pirates starter Vic Aldridge. Fortunately, Bluege would be alright and will miss only 2 games. Bluege's replacement is 21 year old rookie Buddy Myer.

    The Nats get on the board first. Joe Judge, with only 7 home runs in the regular season, hits one into the temporary bleachers in RF for a Washington, 1-0, lead in the 2nd. The crowd in Forbes Field comes alive in the 4th as SS Glenn Wright answers with a solo homer of his own to the tilt at 1-1.

    It remains tied at 1 until the 8th. Leading off, Pirates 2B Eddie Moore hits a routine grounder to SS Roger Peckinpaugh. The ball rolls up Peckinpaugh's sleeve for his 2nd error of the series. Kiki Cuyler makes Washington pay as he rockets a Stan Coveleski pitch into the RF bleachers for a 3-1 Pittsburgh lead. Later in the inning, Peckinpaugh makes his 3rd error in the series by botching a Pie Traynor ground ball, but Coveleski works his way out of the jam without further damage.

    Former Tiger star Bobby Veach, pinch hitting, gets one Senators run back in the 9th by hitting a sacrifice fly. With Buddy Myer at second and one out, pinch hitter Dutch Ruether strikes out and Sam Rice taps out to second to end the ballgame.


    Other Senator news on this day:

    1932 Clark Griffith stuns the baseball world by naming 25 year old SS Joe Cronin as Washington manager. Cronin is the second youngest man to be a major league manager, behind 23 year old Roger Peckinpaugh, who piloted the Yankees for the last 17 games in 1914. The third youngest? Bucky Harris at 27 years old in 1924.

    Senators Birthdays

    Owen Joseph (Donie) Bush B Oct. 8, 1887 B Mar. 28, 1972

    Donie Bush is recognized as one of the greatest defensive shortstops in the early days of the American League.

    Bush would arrive on the major league scene in September of 1908 with the Detroit Tigers, when veteran Tigers shortstop Charley O'Leary was out of the lineup due to injury. Bush would remain a regular in the Tigers lineup from 1908 through 1921 and would play in the 1909 World Series when the Tigers lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 7 games.

    Although he had the label of a "light hitter", Bush would lead the American League in a number of catagories during his career including runs scored in 1917, walks in 1909 through 1912 and again in 1914, and sacrifice hits in 1909 and again in 1921.

    One of Bush's best years at the plate came in 1920, his last full season with the Tigers when he'd hit .263 with 18 doubles, 5 triples and 1 homer among his 133 hits.

    Released by the Tigers in mid-August of 1921, Bush would be claimed by the Washington Senators where he'd finish the 1921 season. In 1922 he'd appear in just 41 games for Washington.

    The 1923 season found Bush in a new role, that of player-manager. Bush would play in just 10 games, hitting .409 and guide the Senators to a 4th place finish with a 75-78 record.

    Surprisingly, Bush did not remain in Washington for the 1924 season-he was replaced at the managerial reins by Bucky Harris who guided the Senators to their only World's Championship.

    Bush returned to his hometown of Indianapolis and took over the helm of the Indianapolis club in the American Association, guiding that team to 3 successive 2nd place finishes.

    That performance was good enough to return Bush to the major leagues, as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, beginning in 1927. Bush had some immediate success as the '27 Pirates would finish in 1st place with a 94-60 record. Unfortunately they'd meet the New York Yankees with their famed "Murderer's Row" in the World Series and be swept in 4 games.

    Bush would remain at the helm of the Pirates for 1928 and 1929, the Buccos finishing in 4th and 2nd places respectively.

    Bush would manage the Chicago White Sox in 1930 & 1931 and the Cincinnati Reds in 1933.

    After his major league terms came to an end, Bush would pilot the Louisville Colonels and the Minneapolis Millers, both of the American Association. In fact, Bush would manage a youngster named Ted Williams in Minneapolis.

    A good writeup on Bush at the SABR website can be found here:

    Donie Bush SABR biography by Jim Moyes

    "Donie" Bush career record

    Douglas William Neff B Oct. 8, 1891 D May 23, 1932

    Infielder Doug Neff qualifies as a Senators Short Timer for playing in just 33 games during the 1914 and 1915 seasons.

    Neff debuted with the Senators in late June of 1914, playing in just 3 games, going 0-2 at bat. In 1915 Neff would return, playing in 30 games going 10 for 60 with 1 double and 4 RBI's, appearing in his last major league game in October of 1915.

    Doug Neff career record

    Richard Francis Stelmaszek B Oct. 8, 1948 Still Living

    Catcher Rick Stelmaszek makes the list of Senators Short Timers for appearing in 6 games with the 1971 version of the Washington team.

    Drafted by the Senators in the amateur draft of 1967, Stelmaszek would make his debut with Washington in late June of 1971, going 0-9 in plate appearances.

    Moving with the franchise to Texas, Stelmaszek would not appear in the majors in 1972, but would make it into 7 games for the Rangers in 1973 before being traded to the California Angels in late May. He'd appear in 22 games with the Angels, going 4 for 26 with 6 walks.

    Traded to the Chicago Cubs, Stelmaszek would play in 25 games for the Cubs in 1974, hitting .227, his final major league game coming in late September of that year.

    Rick Stelmaszek career record

    William Harrel (Hal) Toenes B Oct. 8, 1917 D Jun. 28, 2004

    Another Senators Short Timer, pitcher Hal Toenes would appear in 3 games for the 1947 Senators as a 29 year old rookie. He'd post an 0-1 record with a 6.75 ERA.

    "Hal" Toenes career record
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  3. #223

    October 9

    1924 World Series

    NY Giants at Washington, Game 6

    Senators 2 Giants 1

    Series tied 3-3


    Nearly 5,000 fans greet the downcast Senators upon their arrival home at the train station following yesterday's loss. 34,254 click the turnstiles for game 6 in Griffith, including Calvin Coolidge and his wife Grace. While "Silent" Cal couldn't care less about baseball, the First Lady loves the game and adores the Senators. Bucky Harris hopes Tom Zachary is the Nats saving grace for this contest. John McGraw enlists game one winner, Art Nehf, to sew up the world title for New York.

    Zachary gets off to a rocky start in the 1st. After retiring leadoff hitter Fred Lindstrom, Frank Frisch doubles down the line in right. The three hole batter, Ross Youngs, hits a dribbler back to Zachary, who catches an over aggressive Frisch trying for third. Frisch is tagged out in the ensuing rundown, with Youngs taking second on the play. The partisan crowd falls quiet when George Kelly singles to score Youngs to put the Giants in front, 1-0. RF Sam Rice bails Zachary out by making a nice running grab of an Irish Meusel liner to close the inning.

    Washington, in their half of the 1st, manage to get four baserunners on base without scoring. Harris is the main culprit by getting picked off at first by Nehf. In the 5th, the returning Roger Peckinpaugh, his left thigh bandaged, touches Nehf for a leadoff single. Peckinpaugh proceeds to third, via the anticipated sacrifice bunt and a groundout. Earl McNeely draws a base on balls and immediately steals second to put runners into scoring position. Bucky Harris redeems himself with 2-run single to right to move the Nats on top, 2-1. Presumably, the First Lady joins the crowd in the excitement, while "Silent" Cal remains mute and politely applauds as though he was at an opera.

    After his shaky 1st, Zachary finds his groove. From the 2nd inning on, the Giants net only 5 hits and only one New York runner reaches second base. Zachary issues no walks and fans 3. When Hack Wilson strikes out in the 9th, the Senators pocket the 2-1 win and a game 7 date set for tomorrow.


    1925 World Series

    Game 3 in Washington is postponed due to rain.


    More Nat news from today:

    1970 Upon hearing of the news, Senator fans probably thought it was a joke. Who would trade the entire left side of their infield and two starting pitchers for a previously suspended pitcher with a 3-5 mark and a 4.63 ERA, a 3B with a bad back, a prospect and a guy who will never play in the big leagues again? Come on, name one person who would do that trade? Why, Bob Short, of course.

    Short gift wraps fan favorite SS Ed Brinkman, 3B Aureilo Rodriguez, P Joe Coleman and P Jim Hannan to Detroit for 3B Don Wert, OF prospect Elliott Maddox, minor league P Norm McRae and, the big fish, the infamous Denny McLain. Short expects the former 31 game winner to be a box office smash at RFK. Instead, McLain would bomb miserably, losing 22 in 1971 for Washington. Wert, with a bad back, would get 2 hits in 40 AB in a Senator uniform before being released in June of 1971. Maddox would carve out a 10 year career as a reserve, while McRae would never appear on the Senators roster. Hands down, the worst trade in the 71 year history of the Senators.

    Senators Birthdays

    Harry Lee Biemiller B Oct. 9, 1897 D May 25, 1965

    Another Senators Short Timer, Harry Biemiller would debut with the Senators in late August of 1920. Playing in 5 games, Biemiller would post a record of 1-0, pitching in 17 innings, giving up 21 hits, 13 walks and 13 runs, 9 of which were earned. Biemiller would depart the Senators with an ERA of 4.76.

    Biemiller would resurface in the majors 5 years later with the 1925 Cincinnati Reds. Appearing in 23 games, he'd post an 0-1 record with a 4.02 ERA.

    Harry Biemiller career record

    Milton Arnold (Mickey) Haefner B Oct. 9, 1912 D Jan. 3, 1995

    30 year old rookie Mickey Haefner made his debut with the 1943 Washington Senators. Pitching in 36 games, Haefner would post an 11-5 record with a 2.29 ERA. Never able to match the success of his rookie year, Haefner would have some decent seasons in Washington with some mediocre teams, including going 16-14 in 1945 and 14-11 in 1946.

    After 19 games with Washington in the 1949 season, where he'd go 5-5, Haefner would be purchased by the Chicago White Sox in mid-July.

    Finishing the 1949 season going 4-6 for Chicago, Haefner would return with the White Sox in 1950. He'd post a 1-6 record in 24 games with a 5.73 ERA before being purchased by the Boston Braves. Haefner would finish the season in a Braves uniform, going 0-2 in 8 games. His major league career ended with the close of the 1950 season.

    "Mickey" Haefner career record
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  4. #224

    Thumbs up October 10

    1924 World Series

    NY Giants at Washington, Game 7

    Senators 4 Giants 3 (12)

    Senators win World Series 4-3


    1924 World Series Champions!

    October 10, 1924. The day the Washington Senators won the World Series for the only time in their 71 year existence. The pitching matchup for this 7th game is Virgil Barnes for the National League champions and, curiously, sore armed Curly Ogden for Washington. Is Bucky Harris crazy? John McGraw, expecting Harris to name a lefthander, now can start Bill Terry against the righthander Ogden. The lefty hitting Terry is 6-for12 in this series, with most of his damage inflicted on Washington's righthanders. But, McGraw only starts the rookie against righthanders.

    Ogden strikes out Fred Lindstrom to start the game. Frank Frisch follows with a walk. At this point, Harris pulls the righthanded Ogden in favor of southpaw George Mogridge. It appears the "Boy Wonder" has outfoxed the legendary McGraw. Now, Terry would have to hit a lefthander. Mogridge retires the final two batters of the 1st, George Kelly and Ross Youngs. Terry grounds out in the 2nd and Harris' strategy pays off when McGraw removes Terry from the contest in the 6th inning.

    Meanwhile, Barnes mows down the first 10 Nats batsmen he faces. With one out in the 4th, Harris collects the first Washington hit that sends the crowd into a frenzy. The manager/2B belts his 2nd home run of the series off the screwballing Barnes to put the Nats in front, 1-0.

    Trouble erupts in the top of the 6th. Mogridge walks the leadoff man, Youngs. When Kelly ropes a single to left, Youngs races to third. Irish Meusel, pinch hitting for Terry, lifts a sacrifice fly off Mogridge's replacement, Firpo Marberry, to knot the score. After a Hack Wilson single places runners at the corners with one away, the Senators self destruct. 1B Joe Judge, in a hurry to get Kelly out at the plate, bobbles a Travis Jackson grounder for an error and a Giants, 2-1 lead. It becomes 3-1 as SS Ossie Bluege commits the second Senators error of the inning, letting a Hank Gowdy ground ball to slip right through his legs. You could have probably heard a pin drop in Griffith Stadium with the Giants up by 2.

    The screwball of Barnes continues to befuddle the Senators, who go down 1-2-3 in the 6th and 7th. Going into the 8th, Barnes has retired 19 straight hitters since the Harris home run. It soon becomes number 20 when Bluege fouls out to start the 8th. Next up is Nemo Leibold, pinch hitting for 3B Tommy Taylor. Leibold doubles to left and Muddy Ruel, author of an 0-for-18 series, picks a good time to get his first hit. Ruel hits a liner that tips 1B Kelly's glove to move Leibold to third. Benny Tate, hitting for Marberry, works out a walk to load the bases. The Washington crowd sags as Earl McNeely hits a shallow fly that is not deep enough to score Leibold for the second out. Bucky Harris, in the biggest at bat of his career, comes through with a clutch double over 3B that scores Leibold and Ruel to tie the game at 3-3. Barnes is sent to the showers in favor of Art Nehf. Nehf induces Sam Rice to ground to second for the third out.

    Lets see, who shall replace Marberry on the mound? For Bucky Harris, and baseball fans for that matter, the choice is Walter Johnson. It is only fitting that the Big Train should be the one to win or lose this franchise's biggest game in their history. Besides being the best pitcher in history, Johnson is synonymous with Washington baseball. Ask a baseball fan to name a player who played on the Washington Senators and Walter Johnson is usually named.

    Lindstrom, 4-for-5 off Johnson in game 5, pops out to 3rd to start the 9th. But, Frank Frisch comes up and smokes a triple to center to silence the Sens fans. Youngs is intentionally walked to force a possible inning ending double play. Facing a situation with Frisch 90 feet away from scoring the go-ahead run, Johnson overpowers George Kelly for a strikeout for the second out. Johnson gets Meusel on a grounder to end the tense half inning.

    In the last of the 9th, Judge singles with one out. Bluege hits what appears to be a double play ball to SS Jackson, but Jackson errors, allowing the World Series winning run to make it to second. With a chance to be a hero, Ralph Miller grounds to Jackson to start a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.

    The Giants get runners on base in the 10th and 11th frames, but Johnson escapes and bears down to get Gowdy on a double play in to end 10th and strikes out Kelly again to close the 11th. The Nats, now facing game 5 winner, Jack Bentley, almost pull it out in their half of the 11th. Goose Goslin doubles with two outs, but Bluege taps into a fielders choice to force Judge, who had been intentionally walked, at second.

    Little did anybody know as the bottom of the 12th began what a memorable and strange half inning it would be. Ralph Miller, in his last ML at bat, grounds out for the first out. Bentley believes the second out is bagged when Ruel hits a pop foul to Giants catcher Gowdy. As Gowdy gets under the ball, his foot gets caught in his own mask. Attempting to shake the mask off, the ball drops harmlessly foul. With a second chance, Ruel doubles down the left field line. Johnson, hitting for himself, smacks a grounder to Jackson, who promptly muffs it for his second error of the afternoon. Late season spark plug Earl McNeely next steps to the dish. McNeely solidly makes contact on Bentley's pitch and hits a sharp grounder down the third base line. With Lindstrom guarding the line, however, he is in position to field the ball and, at least, step on third for a force out. But, McNeely's batted ball strikes a pebble in front of Lindstrom, caroming the ball into left field. With Ruel chugging to home, LF Meusel was playing on his heels and was surprised when he spotted the ball coming toward him. So surprised, in fact, Meusel doesn't even bother throwing home, where he could have had a play. Ruel scores the winning run to send Griffith Stadium into bedlam. The Washington Senators are the world champions!


    1925 World Series

    Pittsburgh at Washington, Game 3

    Senators 4 Pirates 3

    Senators lead series 2-1


    The World Series resumes following yesterday's rainout. On a clear, but cold afternoon, mid-season acquisition Alex Ferguson gets the starting nod for the Nats opposed by Pittsburgh's sophomore 17 game winner, Ray Kremer.

    Bill McKechnie's crew takes a 2nd inning lead when Glenn Wright brings in Pie Traynor on a sacrifice fly. Joe Judge's 3rd inning RBI single ties it at 1.

    Pittsburgh reclaims the advantage in the 4th. Kiki Cuyler scoots home on a Clyde Barnhardt's run scoring single. The Bucs squander an opportunity to seize control during the same inning with George Gratham popping out with men on second and third and one out. Ferguson issues an intentional pass to Earl Smith and Kremer strikes out to leave the bases loaded. In the top of the 6th, SS Roger Peckinpaugh commits another error, his 4th of the series, on a Wright ground ball. Kremer singles one out later to extend the Pirates margin to 3-1.

    Goose Goslin gets one run back in the bottom half of the 6th with a solo home run. The Senators tally two runs in the 7th. Judge's bases loaded sacrifice fly knots the game at 3. Moon Harris sends Bucky Harris motoring home on a RBI single to give Washington a 4-3 lead and the eventual win.

    The highlight of this contest is Sam Rice's controversial catch while falling into the right center field stands. In the 8th, Earl Smith gets a hold of a Firpo Marberry offering, launching a deep fly to right center. Rice sped to the spot and stretched his glove as far as he could and appeared to snag the ball. Rice's momentum sent him tumbling into the stands behind the fence. Rice appeared again about 15 seconds later with the ball. Whether Rice lost the ball in those ensuing 15 seconds is still a cause for debate today. Without evidence that Rice lost the ball, the umpire ruled Smith out for the last out of the inning. When McKechnie's protestations fell on deaf ears with the umpiring crew, McKechnie walked over to Commissioner Landis' box and asked the judge if he could appeal the play. Landis barked no and the case was closed.

    Ferguson pitches 7 innings of 6 hit ball, striking out 5 and walking 4 for the win. Marberry gets his 2nd save of the series, despite getting into a bases loaded jam in the 9th, in which he came out unscathed to wrap up the Nats win.


    Also on this day:

    1933 As a reward for leading the Nats back into the World Series, Clark Griffith generously signs Joe Cronin to a raise and 3 year contract as the Senators player/manager.

    Senators Birthdays

    Floyd Wilson Baker B Oct. 10, 1916 D Nov. 17, 2004

    Infielder Floyd Baker was signed by the St. Louis Browns in 1938, finally making it to the majors in early May of 1943. Sparingly used by the Browns, Baker would only make it into 22 games in his rookie season, hitting just .174. In 1944, the number of games Baker appeared in would double to 44, however his BA would increase by just 1 point to .175.
    (Baker did make it into 2 games of the 1944 World Series with the Browns, going 0-2 at bat.)

    Purchased by the Chicago White Sox after the 1944 season, the change of scenery seemed to have done Baker some good-he'd appear in over 100 games in the 1947, '48 and '49 seasons, and his BA would increase significantly. Although his playing time would decrease in 1950 to 83 games, he'd have his best career year at the plate, hitting .317.

    After 7 years of toiling for the White Sox, Baker would be traded after the 1951 season to the Washington Senators for Willy Miranda.

    Baker would play in 79 games for the 1952 Senators, hitting .262.

    After just 9 games in a Washington uniform in 1953, Baker would be purchased by the Boston Red Sox, where he'd appear in 81 games, hitting .273.

    After a slow start in 1954, Baker would be waived and picked up by the Philadelphia Phillies.

    He'd play in 23 games for the 1954 Phillies and 5 in 1955 before being released in mid-May, his major league career coming to an end.

    Floyd Baker career record

    William Orange Forman B Oct. 10, 1886 D Oct. 2, 1958

    Senators Short Timer Bill Forman pitched in 2 games for the 1909 Washington team, posting an 0-2 record with a 4.91 ERA.

    In 1910, he'd appear in 1 last game, pitching in just 2/3 rds of an inninng, giving up 1 hit and 1 run. He'd be released by the Senators in mid-July.

    Bill Forman career record

    John Thomas Stone B Oct. 10, 1905 D Nov. 30, 1955

    John Stone would first make it to the majors with the Detroit Tigers in late August of 1928. An outfielder, Stone would bat .354 with 10 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs and 21 RBI in 26 games. Stone would remain a mainstay in the Tigers outfield from 1930 through 1933, hitting .311 in 1930 and .327 in 1931.

    Traded to the Washington Senators after the 1933 season for Goose Goslin, Stone would have 4 excellent seasons in Washington from 1934 through 1937, hitting over .300 each year, the highest .341 in 1936 with 22 doubles, 11 triples, 15 homers and 90 RBI.

    In 1938, Stone's BA would drop markedly and he'd play in his last game in mid-June. Stone had contracted tuberuculosis and would never be able to return to the major leagues.

    He did remain active in baseball, serving as a Detroit Tigers scout in his native Tennessee until his early death at age 50 in 1955.

    John Stone writeup at Baseball Library

    John Stone career record
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  5. #225

    October 11

    1925 World Series

    Pittsburgh at Washington, Game 4

    Senators 4 Pirates 0

    Senators lead series 3-1


    Proving that good pitching will almost always shut down a high octane offense, Washington puts a stranglehold on this series with today's 4-0 blanking of the Pirates. The Bucs led the majors in runs scored in 1925 with 912. From July 4, 1924 to June 30, 1925, Pittsburgh established a since broken ML record by going 153 consecutive games without being shutout. But, Walter Johnson, with a 17 year track record of stopping powerful offensive teams, is hardly intimated. While not as overpowering as he was in game 1, striking out only 2 today, the Big Train scatters 6 hits in winning his second game of this Fall Classic. In the process, Johnson adds his name to another record by becoming the oldest pitcher to hurl a World Series complete game shutout at 37 years old, a still standing record.

    Through the first 2 and half innings, the game is scoreless. The only scoring threat by Pittsburgh comes in the top of the 2nd. Two hits had Buc runners on second and third with two outs. Johnson puts out the fire by getting Pirates starting pitcher Emil Yde to ground out. The Senators collect two walks in the first, but Moon Harris hits into a twin killing to end the frame. In the 3rd, the Senators bunch together all 4 of their runs.

    Johnson, the first batter of the 3rd, is gunned down by Pirates LF Clyde Barnhardt trying to stretch a single into a double. On the play, Walter strains a leg muscle sliding and hobbles back to the bench. Sam Rice comes up and legs out an infield hit. With one out and a man on first, Bucky Harris slices a sharp grounder to 1B George Grantham for what could have been a double play. Grantham cleanly fields the ball and fires a fine relay to SS Glenn Wright, who drops Granham's throw. With the Bucs handing the Nats the extra out, Goose Goslin deposits a Yde pitch 420 feet to left center for a 3-run home run. The 38,000 plus on hand hardly have time to settle back into their seats when Moon Harris delivers a solo blast into the left field bleachers. The Goslin and Harris blows are the first back-to-back home runs in World Series history. Just like that, it is 4-0 Nats.

    Concerns about Johnson's leg are erased, at least temporary. To compensate for his injury, Johnson's leg is bandaged and he pitches exclusively from the stretch to finish the game. Bucky Harris, while concerned about the Big Train, is confident that his team will wrap up the championship tomorrow behind Stan Coveleski. Harris has an additional reason for his confidence: No team has ever lost a World Series when leading 3 games to 1.

    More Nats tidbits:

    1900 Abandoned by the National League in 1899, Ban Johnson announces that his American League will place a franchise in Washington for the 1901 season.

    1956 Calvin Griffith loses round one. AL President Will Harridge rules that Griffith cannot move the Senators to the West Coast unless AL owners approve the move unanimously.

    1967 Two years of rumors end with Gil Hodges tendering his resignation as Senators manager to accept the Mets managerial position. Hodges move to Queens had been rumored since Casey Stengel resigned in 1965.

    Senators Birthdays

    William Charles Fischer B Oct. 11, 1930 Still Living

    Signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1948, pitcher Bill Fischer wouldn't make it to the major leagues until April of 1956. Appearing in 3 games for the White Sox, Fischer would pitch 1.2 innings and depart with a 21.60 ERA.

    Back with the White Sox in 1957, Fischer would have a better year, going 7-8 for Chicago in 33 games, trimming his ERA to 3.48.

    In 1958, Fischer would start the year with the White Sox going 2-3 in 17 games. He'd be traded to the Detroit Tigers in mid-June where he'd go 2-4 in 22 games before being waived and signed by the Senators in September.

    Finishing the 1958 season on the Washington roster, Fischer would suffer the fate of going 0-3 in 3 games for the basement dwelling Senators.

    Fischer would spend the entire season in Washington in 1959, posting a 9-11 record.

    In 1960, Fischer would pitch in 20 games for Washington, going 3-5 before being traded back to the Detroit Tigers for Tom Morgan. He'd complete the season in Detroit, reversing his record with the Tigers to 5-3.

    After 26 games with the Tigers in 1961, where he'd go 3-2, Fischer was on the move again, this time traded to the Kansas City Athletics where he'd finish the season.

    Fischer would remain in KC for the 1962 & 1963 seasons, and then would be drafted by the Minnesota Twins prior to the start of play in 1964. Fischer would pitch in 9 games for the Twins, going 0-1, making his last major league appearance in late May.

    Bill Fischer career record

    Fermin Romero (Mike) Guerra B Oct. 11, 1912 D Oct. 9, 1992

    Another member of Washington's "Cuban Connection", catcher Mike Guerra would appear in just 1 game with the Senators in 1937. He wouldn't be back in the majors until 1944 when he'd rejoin the Senators.

    Guerra would spend 1944 through 1946 in a Washington uniform, playing in 75 games in 1944, hitting .281. His playing time would be reduced as his batting average dropped 71 points in 1945 but he'd recover in 1946, hitting .253.

    Purchased by the Philadelphia Athletics, Guerra would spend 1947 through 1950 with the A's. After the 1950 season, he'd be purchased again, this time by the Boston Red Sox.

    Guerra would play in just 10 games for Boston in 1951, hitting .156 when he was traded to Washington for Len Okrie and $25,000. Guerra would finish the 1951 season in Washington, playing in 72 games but hitting just .201, marking the end of his major league career.

    "Mike" Guerra career record
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  6. #226

    October 12

    1925 World Series

    Pittsburgh at Washington, Game 5

    Pirates 6 Senators 3

    Senators lead series 3-2


    Festive spirits permeates the masses at Griffith Stadium as the Nats look to seal their second straight world championship. No team in World Series history has ever blown a 3 games to 1 lead, so game 5 is expected to be a mere formality. The pitching matchup today is the same as the one in game 2. Bucky Harris inserts Stan Coveleski, loser of game 2, against game 2 winner Vic Aldridge of Pittsburgh. Returning to the Washington lineup after getting beaned in the head from Aldridge in the second game is 3B Ossie Bluege.

    The Nats get into business in the 1st. Leadoff man Sam Rice singles to right and goes to second on an expected Bucky Harris sacrifice. A Texas League double down the left field line off the bat of Goose Goslin brings home Rice for the game's first run. Following a Joe Judge strikeout, Joe Harris coaxes a walk from Aldridge to put runners at first and second for AL MVP Roger Peckinpaugh. Peckinpaugh fails to sink the Pirates early, tapping to third to force Goslin.

    Coveleski's wildness costs the Senators in the top of the 3rd. Max Carey and Kiki Cuyler draw consecutive walks with one out. Clyde Barnhardt ties it for the Bucs by singling to easily score the speedy Carey. With Cuyler moving to third on the single, Pie Traylor lofts a sacrifice fly to center to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead. Washington responds in the 4th when Joe Harris hits his 3rd series home run, a solo shot, to tie the contest at 2-2.

    Putting the Senators to rest for good, Pittsburgh puts together a walk and three straight singles for a 4-2 margin in the 7th. Despite a run from the Nats in their half of the 7th, the Bucs tally runs in the 8th and 9th innings for the 6-3 win. Suddenly, with the series moving back to Pittsburgh, the Senators second world championship does not seem inevitable anymore.

    Senator news from October 12:

    1965 Frequent trade partners Washington and Baltimore team up for another deal. The Senators acquire C John Orsino for OF Woodie Held. In 15 games over two seasons, Orsino would hit .174 for the Sens before calling it quits. Held isn't much better in Baltimore, hitting 2 home runs in 1 and a half seasons as an Oriole reserve.

    Senators Birthdays

    Today we mark the birthdays of 4 players who spent time in a Senators uniform. Making October 12th notable is that 2 Hall Of Famers were born on this date.

    Joseph Edward Cronin B Oct. 12, 1906 D Sep. 7, 1984

    Beginning his playing career as a 19 year old infielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1926, Joe Cronin would remain an active player for 20 years. He'd also serve 2 teams as a player/manager, serving in that role for 13 years.

    Cronin would be sparingly used by the Pirates, appearing in 38 games in 1926 and only 12 games in 1927.

    Purchased by the Kansas City franchise of the American Association prior to the start of the 1928 season, Cronin would be sold to the Washington Senators in July.

    Finding his niche at shortstop, Cronin would hit .242 in his first season in Washington when he appeared in 63 games.

    Cronin would steadily improve, and in 1930 he'd hit .346 with 41 doubles, 9 triples and 13 home runs among his 203 hits, when he'd tally 126 RBI's.

    Cronin would hit over .300 in Washington from 1931 through 1933.

    Elevated to the role of player/manager in 1933 after Walter Johnson was relieved as manager of the Senators, Cronin would meet with immediate success, piloting the Senators to the World Series with a 99-53 record. Unfortunately the Senators would lose to the Giants in 5 games.

    In 1934, the Senators made a major tumble to 7th place, and Cronin's BA would drop to .284. After the 1934 season, Cronin would be traded to the Boston Red Sox for Lyn Lary and $225,000, a princely sum in those depression years.

    Cronin would serve the Red Sox as player manager from 1935 through 1947, finishing 1st in 1946 and in 2nd place 4 times.

    Cronin would represent the Senators on the All Star teams of 1933 and 1934 and the Red Sox in 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939 and 1941.

    Cronin would play in his last game in mid-April of 1945 although he'd continue to manage the Red Sox through 1947.

    Cronin finished his career having played in 2124 games with 2285 hits including 515 doubles, 118 triples, 170 home runs and 1424 RBI's with a final BA of .301.

    Joe Cronin career record

    Richard Benjamin Ferrell B Oct. 12, 1905 D Jul. 27, 1995

    Our second Hall Of Famer is Rick Ferrell, a catcher who played 18 years with the St. Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators.

    Originally signed by the Detroit Tigers in 1926, Ferrell would be granted free agency in November of 1928 and almost immediately signed by the St. Louis Browns.

    Making his major league debut in April of 1929, Ferrell would make it into 64 games, hitting .229. Ferrell also improved each season, hitting .268 in 101 games in 1930 and .306 in 1931. In 1932, Ferrell would hit .315 and receive MVP consideration.

    Starting the 1933 season with the Browns, Ferrell would be traded to the Boston Red Sox in early May after 22 games in St. Louis. Ferrell would remain in Boston through mid-May of 1937 when he'd be traded to Washington, along with his brother Rick and Mel Almada for Ben Chapman and Bobo Newsom.

    Ferrell would remain a Senator through mid-May of 1941 when he'd find himself headed to the Browns again, this time exchanged for Vern Kennedy.

    After another 2 and a half seasons in St. Louis, Ferrell would find himself traded one last time, this time back to the Senators in exchange for Gene Moore. Ferrell would finish his career as a Senator in mid-September of 1947.

    During his 18 seasons, Ferrell would hit .250 or above 16 times. He'd be named to the All Star teams of 1933-1936 representing the Red Sox and 1937, 1938, 1944 & 1945 as a Washington Senator.

    Ferrell's 18 seasons would show a final line of 1692 hits in 6028 AB, including 324 doubles, 45 triples, 28 homers and 734 RBI with a BA of .281.

    Rick Ferrell career record

    Malachi Jeddidiah Kittridge B Oct. 12, 1869 D Jun. 23, 1928

    Another catcher, Malachi Kittridge began his playing days in 1890 with the Chicago Colts. He'd remain in Chicago through 1897 and join the Louisville Colonels in 1898 when Louisville was still a major league outpost. In 1899, he split his playing time between Louisville and Washington, appearing in 44 games for the National League Washington team before the league contracted from 12 to 8 teams for the 1900 season.

    Kittridge would not play in the majors in 1900 but would return in 1901 with the Boston National League franchise, when that team was known as the Beaneaters. He'd have his most active season in 1901, appearing in 114 games, the only year where he played in over 100 games.

    Kittridge would be purchased by the Washington Senators in early July of 1903. He'd play in 60 games for the Senators that year, hitting .214 in 60 games.

    Kittridge would play in 81 games for Washington in 1904, raising his BA to .242. In 1905 he'd play in 77 games but see his BA slip to .164.

    1906 would prove to be Kittridge's last season. He start the year in Washington, hitting .191 in 22 games. Loaned to the Cleveland Naps in late July, he'd play in 5 games, going 1 for 10 and be returned to Washington in mid-August. He'd be given his release the same day, ending his major league career.

    Malachi Kittridge career record

    Lawrence Sidney (Bobo) Osborne B Oct. 12, 1935 Still Living

    Signed by the Detroit Tigers in 1953, Bobo Osborne would make his major league debut with the Tigers in late June of 1957. Primarily playing at 1st and 3rd base, Osborne would only appear in 11 games for the Tigers, hitting .148.

    Osborne would appear in only 2 games for the Tigers in 1958, but would make it into 86 big league contests in 1959, hitting .191.

    Absent from the major leagues in 1960, Osborne would return with the Tigers in 1961, hitting .215 in 71 games. 1962 would see Osborne in 64 games hitting .230, his best career year at the plate.

    Prior to the 1963 season, Osborne would be traded to the Washington Senators for Wayne Comer. Osborne would have his most active season with the Senators, playing in 125 games. However he'd only manage to hit .212 with 14 doubles and 12 home runs and his final game would be in late September.

    "Bobo" Osborne career record
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  7. #227

    October 13

    1925 World Series

    Washington at Pittsburgh, Game 6

    Pirates 3 Senators 2

    Series tied 3-3


    Back in the Steel City for the sixth game, Sens skipper Bucky Harris finds himself in a quandary on who to select as his starter. Having used Tom Zachary in relief yesterday in a fruitless attempt to keep the Pirates from pulling away, Harris placed his rotation in disarray. With Walter Johnson being held back to pitch a possible game 7, Harris' options are lefthander Dutch Ruether or game 3 winner Alex Ferguson. Ferguson is chosen for the task, despite rumors that Ferguson himself believes he is not up to the challenge. Opposing the not so confident Ferguson is portsider Ray Kremer.

    Galloping from the gate, the Senators score 2 runs in their first 2 at bats. Goose Goslin, with one down in the 1st, sends a Kremer pitch sailing into the rightfield stands for the early lead. During the 2nd inning, the much maligned Roger Peckinpaugh doubles in Ossie Bluege for a 2-0 Nats lead.

    The resilient Pirates tie it up in the 3rd. Ferguson commits one of baseball's cardinal sins by walking leadoff man Johnny Moore. Peckinpaugh's 5th error of the series on a bouncer from Max Carey puts Bucs at first and second. A Clyde Barnhart ground out following a Kiki Cuyler sacrifice scores Moore for Pittsburgh's first run. The next hitter, the great Pie Traynor, laces a single up thr middle, plating Carey and creating a deadlock at 2.

    Moore stings the Nats again in the 5th. Once again leading off, the 2B hits a solo home run in the temporary bleachers in left to give the Bucs a lead they would never relinquish, 3-2. The Moore round tripper is the 11th home run of this series for both squads. Meanwhile, Kremer settles down after the first two innings and allows 3 hits the rest of the way to force a game 7.

    Senators Birthdays

    Claude Boucher Davidson B Oct. 13, 1896 D Apr. 18, 1956

    Utility man Claude Davidson would make his major league debut with the 1918 Philadelphia Athletics. First appearing in late April, Davidson would play in 31 games, going 15 for 81, a .185 BA.

    In 1919, Davidson would join the ranks of "Senators Short Timers" when he'd play 2 games at 3rd base, going 3 for 7 at bat, playing in his last major league game in early September.

    Claude Davidson career record

    Philip Frank Hensiek B Oct. 13, 1901 D Feb. 21, 1972

    Single Season Senator Phil Hensiek made his debut as a 33 year old rookie in mid-August of 1935. Pitching in 6 games, Hensiek would compile an 0-3 record and depart the Senators, and the major leagues, in early September with a 9.69 ERA.

    Phil Hensiek career record

    Ronald Ralph Moeller B Oct. 13, 1938 D Nov. 2, 2009

    Ron Moeller was dubbed "The Kid" by virtue of making his major league debut as a 17 year old in 1956. Signed by the Baltimore Orioles, Moeller would appear in 4 games at the end of the '56 season, with 1 start and compile an 0-1 record in 8.2 innings with a 4.15 ERA.

    Moeller wouldn't return to the Orioles until 1958 when he'd appear in another 4 games with no decisions and an identical 4.15 ERA.

    Drafted by the expansion Los Angeles Angels, Moeller's next major league stint would be in 1961, when he'd pitch in 33 games going 4-8 with a 5.83 ERA.

    Moeller would return to the majors with the Angels in 1963 but would only appear in 3 games with no decisions before he was sold to the expansion Senators. Moeller would pitch in 8 games for Washington, compiling a 2-0 record with a 6.29 ERA in 8 games, his last major league appearance coming in late September.

    Ron Moeller career record

    Charles Harry (Dick) Spalding B Oct. 13, 1893 D Feb. 3, 1950

    Outfielder Dick Spalding debuted with the Philadelphia Philles in 1927. Playing in 115 games, Spalding would go 131 for 442 at the plate, good for a .296 BA with 16 doubles, 3 triples and 25 RBI's.

    1928 would find Spalding on the roster of the Washington Senators. In 16 games, Spalding would hit .348 but would be gone from the roster in mid-July, marking the end of his major league career.

    "Dick" Spalding career record

    Edward Frederick Joseph Yost B Oct. 13, 1926 Still Living

    Brooklyn born Eddie Yost, known as the "Walking Man" for most of his career, was another player to make his major league debut as a 17 year old.

    Signed by the Senators in 1944, Yost would see his first major league action that season, appearing in 7 games, going 2 for 14 with 1 walk.

    Yost would be back in a Senators uniform in 1946 appearing in 8 games, going 2 for 25 with 5 walks.

    1947 would be the year that Yost established himself as a 3rd baseman for the Senators, playing in 115 games, hitting .238 with 45 walks. Yost would appear in 110 games or more every season with the Senators from 1947 through 1958.

    Traded to the Detroit Tigers after the 1958 season, along with Rocky Bridges and Neil Chrisley for Reno Bertoia, Ron Samford and Jim Delsing, Yost would have 2 productive seasons in Detroit.

    Drafted by the expansion Angels, Yost would finish his career in 1962, playing in his last game in late July.

    Yost represented the Washington Senators in the 1952 All Star game and led the American League in a number of catagories during his playing years including:

    On base percentage in 1959 & 1960, games played in 1951, 1952 & 1954, walks in 1950, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1959 & 1960, doubles in 1951, runs scored in 1959 and times on base in 1950, 1959 & 1960.

    He'd end his career having played in 2109 games with 1863 hits including 337 doubles, 56 triples, 139 home runs with 683 RBI's and 1614 walks.

    On the coaching staff of the expansion Senators, Yost filled in as interim manager for 1 game after Mickey Vernon was fired in 1963. The Senators lost 9-3 to the Chicago White Sox. The next day, Gil Hodges took over the managerial reins.

    Eddie Yost career record
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  8. #228

    October 14

    1925 No champion will be determined today. Game 7 at Pittsburgh is rained out.

    1927 The 21 year ride from the Big Train comes to the end of the line. Walter Johnson announces his retirement as an active ballplayer. An AL record 802 games pitched, a ML record (until 1983) 3,509 strikeouts, 417 wins, 2nd in ML history, an AL record of 113 shutouts and the AL record of 55.2 scoreless innings pitched are just a few of Johnson's incredible feats. All the more remarkable since Walter played on mostly bad to mediocre Senator teams.

    1967 Jim Lemon is named the new manager of the Nats. Lemon, a member of the "Fearsome Foursome" along with Harmon Killebrew, Bob Allison and Roy Sievers on the 1959 Senators, was a coach with Minnesota for the past two seasons. Lemon replaces Gil Hodges, who resigned to take the managerial post with the Mets.

    Senators Birthdays

    Charles Schlagel Becker B Oct. 14, 1890 D Jul. 30, 1928

    Washington, DC native Charlie Becker would become a member of the Senators Short Timers when he appeared in a grand total of 15 games during the 1911 and 1912 seasons.

    Making his pitching debut in early August of 1911, Becker would appear in 11 games that season, posting a 3-5 record with a 4.04 ERA.

    Returning to the Senators roster in 1912, Becker would pitch in 4 games, finishing with no won-lost record and an even 3.00 ERA, his last appearance coming in mid-May.

    Charlie Becker career record

    Thomas Edgar Cheney B Oct. 14, 1934 D Nov. 1, 2001

    Tom Cheney is probably best remembered for his 21 strikeout performance, pitching in a 2-1, 16 inning victory for the Senators over the Baltimore Orioles in September of 1962. However his journey to the major leagues began a full 10 years earlier when he was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1952.

    Cheney would make his major league debut with the Cardinals in April of 1957, pitching in 4 games, posting an 0-1 record with a 5.00 ERA.

    Returning to the Cardinals in 1959, Cheney would pitch in 11 games, going 0-1 again, with his ERA rising to 6.94.

    Plagued by wildness, Cheney would be traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 1960 season. Although he only pitched in 11 games for the Pirates during their World Championship year, where he'd post a 2-2 record, Cheney would appear in 3 World Series games and was so highly thought of by his Pirates team mates that he was voted a full World Series share.

    After 1 game with the Pirates in 1961, Cheney was traded to the Washington Senators for Tom Sturdivant. Cheney would finish the 1961 season with a 1-3 record for the Senators, pitching in 10 games. In 1962, he'd post a 7-9 record with a 3.17 ERA and in 1963 he'd go 8-9, lowering his ERA to 2.71.

    Cheney began to suffer arm miseries, and would only pitch in 15 games for the Senators in 1964, going 1-3. He'd miss the 1965 season and would return for 3 games in 1966, going 0-1 in just 5 & 1/3rds of an inning, his final game coming in early May.

    An insightful, but sad, article about Cheney appeared earlier this (2008) year in the Washington Post. You can read more about Tom Cheney's career here:

    Washington Post Tom Cheney article

    Tom Cheney career record

    Melvin Allys (Bert) Gallia B Oct. 14, 1891 D Mar. 19, 1976

    Making his major league debut with the 1912 Washington Senators, it would take pitcher Bert Gallia a couple of seasons to establish himself in the majors. Gallia would appear in just 2 games in 1912, pitching 2 innings. In 1913 he'd pitch in 31 games posting a 1-5 record with a 4.13 ERA. In 1914, Gallia would again be limited to appearing in just 2 games.

    1915 was the year that Gallia would come into his own, pitching in 43 games and going 17-11 with a 2.29 ERA. In 1916, he'd go 17-12.

    In 1917, Gallia would see his record drop to 9-13, although he'd still post a respectable 2.99 ERA. After the season, Gallia would be traded to the St. Louis Browns, along with $15,000 for Burt Shotton and Doc Lavan.

    Gallia would go 8-6 for the 1918 Browns and 12-14 in 1919. 1920 would be Gallia's last season-he'd start the year with the Browns but would pitch in just 2 games, posting an 0-1 record, when he was purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies in mid-May. Gallia would finish the 1920 season, and his major league career, with the 1920 Phillies, going 2-6.

    "Bert" Gallia career record

    Vance Elmer McIlree B Oct. 14, 1897 D May 6, 1959

    One Game Wonder Vance McIlree was served his cup of coffee on September 13th of 1921. Pitching in 1 inning, he'd give up 1 hit and 1 run, departing the Senators, and the majors, with a 9.00 ERA.

    Vance McIlree career record
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  9. #229

    October 15

    1925 World Series

    Washington at Pittsburgh, Game 7

    Pirates 9 Senators 7

    Pirates win World Series 4-3



    Reporter James R. Harrison of the New York Times would opine that it was "a perfect day for water polo". The field at Forbes Field is a muddy mess and it is still drizzling as game time approaches. From Washington's perspective, perhaps postponing the game again would be to their advantage. It would further stall the Pirates momentum and permit game 7 starter Walter Johnson one more day to rest his sore leg. And one more day for the Senators to regroup from the previous 2 losses that put them in this do or die contest in the first place. Despite the playing conditions and drizzle that will only intensify, Commissioner Landis orders the game to be played.


    Amidst the soggy and cold conditions, home plate umpire Barry McCormick yells "Play ball". Facing World Series nemesis Vic Aldridge, the Nats jump from the blocks like gangbusters. Leadoff hitter Sam Rice singles up the box. After a Harris fly out and a Goose Goslin walk, an Aldridge pitch slips from his hand for a wild pitch that sends Goslin and Rice into scoring position. Aldridge loads the bases by walking Joe Harris and issues another free pass to Joe Judge that scores Rice. Following an RBI single from Ossie Bluege that gives the Nats a 2-0 lead, Pirates skipper Bill McKechnie pulls Aldridge and summons Johnny Morrison to the hill. The first batter to face Morrison, Roger Peckinpaugh, is awarded first base via catcher's interference, which scores Joe Harris for the 3rd run. With the bases still loaded and still only one out, Muddy Ruel's soft roller to Bucs 2B Johnny Moore is booted for another Senators run and a 4-0 lead. Looking for more runs with runners at all stations, Walter Johnson goes down on strikes for the second out and Rice flies out to end the inning.

    Far from dead, the Pirates get 3 runs back in the third. Reliever Morrison singles off Johnson to start things off and sloshes home on a RBI double from Johnny Moore. Moore comes around for run number 2 on speedy Max Carey's single. Kiki Cuyler grounds to Peckinpaugh for the inning's first out, while Carey advances to second. Carey, who could probably steal bases if the infield were made of quicksand, swipes third. Carey walks home on Clyde Barnhardt's RBI single to cut Washington's lead to 4-3. Johnson puts out Pie Traynor and Glenn Wright to avoid further damage.

    Washington answers right back in the 4th to increase their bulge to 6-3. With the drizzle now becoming a steady rain, Joe Harris knocks in Rice and Goslin on a double to center. Back-to-back doubles from Carey and Cuyler cut Pittsburgh's deficit to 6-4 in their half of the 5th.

    As the 6th inning began, the rain had now evolved into a downpour. Reportedly, Landis came over to Griffith's box and informed the "Silver Fox" that he was calling the game at the end of the inning. Griffith stated to Landis that the game shouldn't be called since Landis ordered the game to be played in the first place and he should see it through. On the surface, this ancedote shows Griffith to be a true sportsman who believed in fair play. In reality, if this game was in Washington, Griffith would have kept quiet and took the championship. Since the game was in Pittsburgh, Griffith may have feared an angry mob storming the field upon the announcement of the Senators being crowned world champions after 6 innings and his team getting out of town safely.

    Not knowing how close their season was to being abruptly halted, the Bucs storm back in the 7th. Peckinpaugh's drop of a Moore pop up opens the floodgates. Carey bloops a ball down the left field line that Peckinpaugh, Bluege and Goslin converge upon. Somehow, the ball drops fair between the fielders and Moore races home. Instead of two outs and nobody on, it is no outs and Carey on second with the score now 6-5 Senators. Johnson retires Cuyler on a sacrifice bunt and Barnhardt on a ground ball to second, which Bucky Harris looks Carey back to third. Seeing his way out of the inning with a slim lead intact, Johnson allows Traynor to crush a game tying triple to rightcenter. With the ball rolling to the fence, Traynor dashes toward home for the lead. 2B Bucky Harris retrieves RF Joe Harris' relay and fires a strike to C Ruel to nab Trayor for the third out. Nonetheless, the score is now tied at 6-6.

    In the top of the 8th, Peckinpaugh temporarily redeems himself by connecting for a home run off Pirates hurler Ray Kremer for a 7-6 Washington advantage. The beleaguered Peckinpaugh, with 7 errors in this series, looks like the hero of Series after Johnson easily records the first two outs of the Pirates 8th. But, it is not to be. Earl Smith's double begins the trouble. Bucs P Emil Yde pinch runs and scampers home to knot the game once again on pinch hitter Carson Bigbee's double, Bigbee's only hit in the series. Johnson walks Moore and induces Carey to ground to Peckinpaugh. You can guess what happened. Peckinpaugh's relay to 2B Bucky Harris pulls Harris off the bag for Peckinpaugh's World Series record 8th error, a record that still stands today.

    Bases now loaded, Cuyler works a 2-2 count on Johnson. Johnson's next offering looks like strike three and he and C Ruel begin to walk off the field. Umpire Barry McCormick disagrees and calls ball 3. Cuyler sinks the hearts of Senators fans by belting a 2-run, ground rule double to right that gives the Bucs the lead for the first time today, 9-7. Goslin would argue for years that Cuyler's double was foul. Because of fog and darkness, Goslin believed, the umpires were not able to see the ball at all.

    Now trailing 9-7, with 3 outs left, the Nats go down quietly in the 9th. When Goslin is called out on strikes for the last out, Washington becomes the first team ever to cough up a 3-1 games lead in World Series history, allowing the Pirates to celebrate as the World Champions. The Big Train refuses to point fingers and blames himself for the loss, not using his sore leg or the weather as an excuse. Nor does Johnson blame Peckinpaugh, who is embraced by Johnson following the game.


    Other Senator news from October 15:


    1928 The prodigal son returns home. Walter Johnson returns to the Nats as manager, replacing former teammate and his own former manager Bucky Harris. Johnson signs a 3 year pact worth $25,000 to skipper the Senators.The Big Train had managed Newark of the International League in 1928 following his retirement.

    Senators Birthdays

    Louis Stephen Klimchock B Oct. 15, 1939 Still Living

    Signed by the Kansas City Athletics in 1957, utility man Lou Klimchock would play for 5 major league teams over the course of 12 seasons from 1958 through 1970, although he wouldn't appear in a major league uniform in 1967.

    Making his major league debut in 1958 with KC, Klimchock would remain with the Athletics through 1961, his most active season with the A's, when he'd appear in 57 games.

    Traded to the Milwaukee Braves after the 1961 campaign ended, Klimchock would play in 8 games for the Braves in 1962.

    Sent to the expansion Senators as part of a conditional deal prior to the start of the 1963 season, Klimchock would play in only 9 games at 2nd base as a Senator, going 2 for 14 at bat. Returned to the Braves in early May, Klimchock would remain in a Milwaukee uniform through 1965.

    Traded to the New York Mets, Klimchock would play in just 5 games for the Mets in 1966.
    After the 1966 season, Klimchock was traded one last time, going to the Cleveland Indians.

    Klimchock would return to the majors in 1968, playing for 3 years in Cleveland. The most active season of his career would be 1969 when he'd play in 90 games and hit .287. He'd be released in mid-August of 1970, after making his last major league appearance on August 2nd.

    Overall, Klimchock played in 318 games, averaging approximately 26.5 games per season in his 12 years in the big leagues.

    Lou Klimchock career record

    Richard Stanley Such B Oct. 15, 1944 Still Living

    Single Season Senator Dick Such was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the amateur draft of 1965 but did not sign. He'd be drafted by the Senators in 1966.

    Spending the next few seasons in the Senators farm system, Such would make his major league debut in early April of 1970. He'd appear in 21 games, posting a 1-5 record with a 7.56 ERA. Sent down to Denver in mid-July, Such would not return to the majors as a player.

    He'd remain in baseball, serving as the Minnesota Twins pitching coach under Tom Kelly and most recently (2008) was the pitching coach for the Camden (NJ) Riversharks of the (Independent) Atlantic League.

    More on Dick Such in this thread: Dick Such thread

    Dick Such career record
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    October 16

    Welcome to the offseason! Where, between mid-October and April, most days were filled with nothing. On these days, profiles of various Senator managers, players and other movers and shakers will be briefly covered. Noteworthy trades and events will continue to be chronicled on the days they occurred.


    Senator Managers

    Jimmy Manning, 1901

    Record as Senators manager: 61-72, .455 PCT

    Teams managed:

    1901 61-72, .455 Pct. 6th place, 20.5 GB

    Introducing the first ever Senators manager: Jimmy Manning. Manning had previously been the owner of the Kansas City franchise of Ban Johnson's Western League. When Johnson renamed the Western League the American League and pronounced the AL as a major league in 1901, Johnson persuaded Manning to move his Kansas City franchise to Washington.

    With mostly Kansas City holdovers and a few fan favorites from Washington's ill fated National League franchise, the inaugural edition of the Nationals got off to a respectable start. On April 26, in the Nat's first ever game, Washington topped Philadelphia 5-1. On July 2, the Nationals found themselves at 26-22, before an 8 game losing streak dropped them below .500 for the rest of the season.

    Manning was determined to build a winner. With the American League amassing a fund to assist owners in raiding the National League of players, Manning pirated the Phillies roster of pitchers "Happy" Jack Townsend and Al Orth, 3B Harry Wolverton and, the biggest prize of all, OF Ed Delahanty. Excitement was brewing in the Capital over the new players and the prospects for the 1902 season.

    Not finished, at least in his mind, Manning targeted Brooklyn's Wee Willie Keeler in the spring of 1902. When Manning attempted to assess the fund to procure Keeler, Johnson demurred. Johnson was furious that Manning paid $4000 to sign Delahanty, with some of Delahanty's salary having to come out of Johnson's pocket since Johnson secretly controlled some shares in the Nationals. An enraged Manning, denied from getting Keeler, abruptly resigned and sold his shares of the Washington franchise, never to be heard from again.

    Senators Birthdays

    While the baseball season has ended for the Senators, some seasons never end , thus today we introduce 7 more players, including 1 Hall Of Famer, who entered the Senators delivery room on October 16th:

    Garland Maiers Buckeye B Oct. 16, 1897 D Nov. 14, 1975

    Garland Buckeye would join the ranks of Senators One Game Wonders on June 19th of 1918 as a 20 year old rookie, when he'd pitch in 1 game, surrendering 3 hits, 6 walks and 4 runs in 2 innings, departing Washington with an ERA of 18.00.

    However, Buckeye would return to the majors 7 years later, joining the Cleveland Indians. In 1925, Buckeye would go 13-8 in 30 games for the Indians, lowering his ERA to 3.65. Buckeye would remain with the Indians through July of 1928 when he was released and signed by the New York Giants.

    Buckeye would also join the ranks of One Game Wonders for the Giants, his last appearance coming in mid-July, when he'd give up 6 hits, 2 walks and 6 earned runs in 3 and 2/3rds of an inning.

    Garland Buckeye career record

    Henry Nicholas Cullop B Oct. 16, 1900 D Dec. 8, 1978

    Nick Cullop made his major league debut in April of 1926 as a 26 year old rookie outfielder for the New York Yankees. Cullop would only appear in 2 games for the Bronx Bombers that season.

    After the season, Cullop, along with Garland Braxton, were sent to the Washington Senators to complete a deal that sent Dutch Ruether to the Yankees.

    Cullop would only appear in 15 games for the Senators in 1927, going 5 for 23 at the plate with 2 doubles and 1 RBI. He'd finish the 1927 season on the Cleveland roster, appearing in 32 games.

    Cullop would play in 13 games for the 1929 Brooklyn Dodgers and would finish his playing career in Cincinnati, playing for the Reds in 1930 & 1931.

    Nick Cullop career record

    Leon Allen (Goose) Goslin B Oct. 16, 1900 D May 15, 1971

    Hall Of Famer Goose Goslin played 18 seasons in the major leagues, coming up with the Washington Senators in 1921. He'd also play for the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Browns but would spend 3 different stints in Washington.

    Goslin started his career as a pitcher but his impressive talent at the plate caused him to be switched to the outfield during his brief minor league stay.

    Goslin would make his debut with the Senators in mid-September of 1921, hitting .260 in 14 games. During his first full season in the majors, 1922, Goslin would hit .324 with 19 doubles, 7 triples, 3 home runs and 53 RBI's.

    He'd be a mainstay in the Washington outfield through mid-June of 1930, hitting .300 or better every season from 1921 through 1928, including winning the American League batting title in 1928 with a .379 BA.

    In 1929, Goslin's hitting would drop off to .288 but he'd lead the Senators with 18 home runs and 91 RBI's.

    After 47 games in a Senators uniform in 1930, where he was hitting .271, Goslin would be traded to the St. Louis Browns for Alvin Crowder and Heinie Manush. The change of scenery must have done the Goose some good as he'd finish the season hitting .326 in 101 games for the Browns. Goslin would remain in St. Louis through 1932, hitting .328 in 1931 and .299 in 1932.

    In December of 1932, Goslin would find himself headed back east as he, along with Fred Schulte and Lefty Stewart were traded to the Senators for Lloyd Brown, Carl Reynolds, Sam West and $20,000.

    With the Senators in 1933 Goslin would hit .297. After the season, he'd be traded again, this time to the Detroit Tigers for John Stone. Goslin would remain in Detroit from 1934 through 1937. In his final season his BA would drop markedly, from .315 in 1936 to .238 in 1937 and he'd be given his release after the season.

    Goslin would be signed one last time by the Senators for the 1938 season, but the hitting prowess he possessed as a younger man was gone-he'd only hit .158 in 38 games, playing in his last major league game in late September of 1938.

    Goslin was named to the 1936 All Star Team as a member of the Tigers. He had a knack for being on the right team at the right time-he'd play in all 3 of the Senator's World Series-1924, 1925 and 1933 and would also play in the World Series of 1934 & 1935 for the Tigers.

    Goslin would lead the American League in triples with 18 in 1923 and 20 in 1925 and RBIs in 1924 when he drove in 129 runs.

    An excellent writeup on Goose Goslin can be found at the SABR website: SABR Goose Goslin biography by Cort Vitty

    "Goose" Goslin career record

    Mark Garfield (Moxie) Manuel B Oct. 16, 1881 D Apr. 26, 1924

    Another addition to the list of Senators Short Timers, 23 year old Moxie Manuel would pitch in 3 games for the 1905 Senators, leaving with no W/L record and an ERA of 5.40.

    Manuel would return to the majors with the Chicago White Sox in 1908, pitching in 18 games, compiling a 3-4 record and a 3.28 ERA.

    "Moxie" Manuel career record

    Michael William Menosky B Oct. 16, 1894 D Apr. 11, 1983

    Outfielder Mike Menosky began his major league career in the short-lived Federal League, playing for the Pittsburgh Rebels in 1914 and 1915.

    Purchased by the Washington Senators before the start of the 1916 season, Menosky would make it into just 11 games in 1916 when he'd hit .162.

    Given a chance to play regularly in 1917, Menosky would respond by hitting .258 in 114 games. He'd not play in 1918, presumably due to World War 1, but would return to the Senators roster in 1919, hitting .287 in 116 games.

    Traded to the Boston Red Sox, along with Eddie Foster and Harry Harper for Braggo Roth and Red Shannon, Menosky would play 4 years in Boston, hitting an even .300 in 1921. He'd play in his final major league game in October of 1923.

    Mike Menosky career record

    James Henry Mullin B Oct. 16, 1883 D Jan. 24, 1925

    Jim Mullin played for 2 seasons, bouncing between the Philadelphia Athletics and the Washington Senators.

    Debuting in June of 1904 with the Athletics, Mullin would play in 22 games for Philadelphia before being loaned to the Senators. He'd be on the Senators roster for approximately 1 month, appearing in 27 games where he'd hit .186. Mullin would be returned to Philadelphia to finish the 1904 season.

    1905 would find Mullin back in a Senators uniform where he'd play in 50 games, hitting .190, appearing in his last major league game in early July.

    Jim Mullin career record

    David Michael Sisler B Oct. 16, 1931 Still Living

    Dave Sisler came from a baseball family-his father George Sisler is a Hall Of Famer, who played for 15 years, including a brief stint with the Senators in 1928, and his brother Dick also played in the majors.

    Dave Sisler was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 1953, making his major league debut in April of 1956. He'd go 9-8 in his rookie season with a 4.62 ERA. Sisler would remain in Boston through early May of 1959 when he was traded to the Detroit Tigers. He'd post a 7-5 mark with the Tigers in 1960.

    Drafted by the expansion Senators, Sisler would go 2-8 with the "new" Senators in 1961, with a 4.28 ERA. After the the 1961 season, Sisler would be sent to the Cincinnati Reds as the infamous "player to be named later" when the Senators acquired Claude Osteen.

    Sisler would end his major league career with the Reds going 4-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 1962.

    Dave Sisler career record
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    "Not finished, at least in his mind, Manning targeted Brooklyn's Wee Willie Keeler in the spring of 1902. When Manning attempted to assess the fund to procure Keeler, Johnson demurred. Johnson was furious that Manning paid $4000 to sign Delahanty, with some of Delahanty's salary having to come out of Johnson's pocket since Johnson secretly controlled some shares in the Nationals. An enraged Manning, denied from getting Keeler, abruptly resigned and sold his shares of the Washington franchise, never to be heard from again".


    Makes one wonder what the history of the franchise would have been like had Manning been able to stick around. He seems like the kind of guy who might have brought the Senators respectablity long before they finally achieved some. And with the Keeler affair it looks like Johnson cut off his nose to spite his face-rather odd since he wanted all the AL clubs to do well in order to outshine the NL. One would think he would have enjoyed crowing about the AL making Washington a success after years of NL failure in that city.

  12. #232

    October 17

    1956 Rumors about a possible move by the Senators are confirmed when it is revealed that Louisville, KY and San Francisco are making bids. Commissioner Happy Chandler announces at a Senators board meeting that Louisville is prepared to erect a 50,000 seat stadium with guarantees of at least a million fans a year for 3 years if Calvin Griffith moves the franchise to the Kentucky city. Meanwhile, Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, who played a minor role in the impending Dodgers move west, arranges for Griffith to meet San Jose businessmen about a possible relocation to San Francisco. Griffith states publicly that he will study any prospective bids from the Louisville and San Francisco interests before making a decision.

    Senators Birthdays

    John Calvin Klippstein B Oct. 17, 1927 D Oct. 10, 2003

    Washington, DC born Johnny Klippstein would spend 18 years in the major leagues, pitching for 8 different teams including 2 separate stints on the roster of the Cincinnati Reds.

    Originally signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1944, Klippstein would pass through the Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodger organizations before making his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs in May of 1950.

    Klippstein would remain with the Cubs through 1954, being traded to the Cincinnati Reds at the end of the season. Klippstein would be traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in mid-June of 1958 where he'd spend the remainder of the 1958 and 1959 seasons. He'd pitch in 1 game of the 1959 World Series as the Dodgers swept the "Go-Go White Sox" in the fall classic.

    Purchased by the Cleveland Indians for the 1960 season, Klippstein would go 5-5 with a 2.91 ERA, appearing in 49 games.

    Selected by the "new" Senators in the expansion draft, Klippstein would go 2-2 in 42 games for Washington in their inaugural year.

    After the season, Klippstein would be traded, along with Marty Keough, to Cincinnati for Bob Schmidt and Dave Stenhouse.

    Klippstein would go 7-6 for the Reds in 1962 and then be purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies for the 1963 campaign. After a season and a half in Philadelphia, Klippstein would be purchased again, this time by the Minnesota Twins, in late June of 1964.

    Klippstein would spend 2 and a half seasons in Minnesota, pitching in 2 games of the 1965 World Series, as the Twins lost to the LA Dodgers in 7 games.

    Released by the Twins after 1966, Klippstein would be picked up by the Detroit Tigers where he'd pitch in 5 games, being released one last time in early June of 1967, marking the end of his major league journey.

    Klippstein lead the American League in saves with 14 in 1960. He'd also have a couple of league leads in less admirable catagories including wild pitches in 1952 (NL-12) and 1961 (AL-10) and hit batsmen in 1956 with 10 (NL).

    Johnny Klippstein career record

    John Thaddeus Ostrowski B Oct. 17, 1917 D Nov. 13, 1992

    Another journeyman who bounced around both the major and minor leagues was utilityman Johnny Ostrowski. Originally signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1939, Ostrowski would eventually be obtained by the Chicago Cubs, making his major league debut in late September of 1943.

    Ostrowski would play in 10 games in 1943, 8 in 1944, 7 in 1945 and 64 in 1946. Ostrowski wouldn't see any major league action in 1947 and would be drafted by the Boston Red Sox after the season. Appearing in a solitary game with the Red Sox in 1948, Ostrowski would be returned to the Cubs. In early August of '48, Ostrowski would be traded to the Chicago White Sox, appearing in 49 games for the South Siders in 1949, going 42 for 158, with 9 doubles, 4 triples, 5 homers and 31 RBI.

    Starting the 1950 season in a White Sox uniform, Ostrowski would play in 22 games before being traded to the Washington Senators, along with Bob Kuzava and Cass Michaels for Al Kozar, Ray Scarborough and Eddie Robinson.

    Ostrowski would play in 55 games for the Senators, going 32 for 141 at bat, with 2 doubles 1 triple, 4 home runs and 23 RBI. Released by the Senators in September, Ostrowski would be picked up by his former team, the White Sox, where he'd appear in 1 final game, his major league career ending with the close of the 1950 season.

    Johnny Ostrowski career record

    Daniel Edward Porter B Oct. 17, 1931 Still Living

    Single Season Senator Dan Porter made his major league debut as a 19 year old rookie in mid-August of 1951. Playing in 13 games, Porter would go 4 for 19 with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts, ending his short trip to the majors with a .211 BA.

    Dan Porter career record
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    Senators Birthdays

    William Jones (Boileryard) Clarke B Oct. 18, 1868 D Jul. 29, 1959

    Boileryard Clarke-one of the most interesting nicknames we've come across thus far, began his major league career way back in 1893 with the Baltimore Orioles, then playing in the National League. Primarily a catcher who would double as a first baseman, Clarke would debut with the Orioles in May of 1893 and would play 13 seasons.

    Playing in Baltimore from 1893 through 1898, Clarke would have his best season at the plate in 1896, when he'd hit .297, going 89 for 300 in 80 games.

    Sold to the National League Boston Beaneaters before the start of the 1899 season, Clarke would spend 1899 and 1900 in Boston, hitting .315 in 81 games in the 1900 season.

    Jumping to the Washington Senators when the rival American League began play in 1901, Clarke would play in Washington from 1901 through 1904. He'd have his 2 most active seasons in 1901 & 1903, playing in over 100 games each season. He'd hit .280 in 1901 but his BA would drop each succeeding year with the Senators until he was released at the start of the 1905 season.

    He'd be signed by the New York Giants the same day and would finish his major league career playing in 31 games for the Giants that year.

    "Boileryard" Clarke career record

    Roy Joseph Cullenbine B Oct. 18, 1913 D May 28, 1991

    Outfielder and sometime 1st baseman Roy Cullenbine would play in the major leagues for 10 seasons, appearing in 1181 games. Only 64 of those games would be in a Senators uniform.

    Debuting in 1938 with the Detroit Tigers, Cullenbine would play for the Tigers in 1938 and 1939.

    Granted free agency in early 1940, he'd be signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers. After just 22 games with the Dodgers in 1940, Cullenbine would be traded to the St. Louis Browns.

    Cullenbine would play in 86 games for the Browns in 1940. In 1941 he'd have one of his best seasons, hitting .317 and being named to the All Star Team.

    Beginning the 1942 season with the Browns, Cullenbine would play in 22 games for the Browns before he was traded again, this time to the Washington Senators, along with Bill Trotter for Mike Chartak and Steve Sundra.

    After the already mentioned 64 games with the Washington team where he hit .286, Cullenbine would be on the move again, this time to the New York Yankees after he was waived by the Senators in late August.

    Cullenbine would play in 21 games for the '42 Yankees, hitting .364 and appearing in 5 games of the 1942 World Series when the Yankees lost to the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Traded again after the 1942 season ended, Cullenbine would find himself with the Cleveland Indians, playing in 1943, 1944 and part of 1945. He'd be named to the All Star Team for a second time in 1944 when he hit .284 for the Indians playing in all 154 games that season.

    Traded after 8 games with the Indians in in late April of 1945, Cullenbine would finish his career where it started, with the Detroit Tigers. He'd play in his second World Series in 1945, appearing in all 7 games as the Tigers defeated the Chicago Cubs. He'd play in his final major league game at the end of the 1947 season.

    Roy Cullenbine career record

    Walter Louis Millies B Oct. 18, 1906 D Feb. 28, 1995

    Catcher Wally Millies broke into the majors in 1934 as a 27 year old rookie, playing in 2 games with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

    Millies wouldn't see any major league action in 1935 and would be purchased by the Washington Senators before the start of the 1936 season.

    Playing for Washington, Millies would appear in 74 games in 1936, hitting .312 in 74 games. His BA would drop to .223 in 1937 as he'd only see action in 59 games.

    Out of the majors in 1938, Millies would return with the 1939 Philadelphia Phillies. He'd hit .234 in 84 games in 1939 but his BA would drop to a horrific .070 in 26 games in 1940. One final appeance in 1941 in late May, when he'd go 0 for 2, would mark the end of Millies' major league experience.

    Wally Millies career record

    Burton Edwin Shotton B Oct. 18, 1884 D Jul. 29, 1962

    Burt Shotton is best remembered as the manager of the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers who was at the helm when Jackie Robinson integrated baseball. At that time Shotton was 62 years old-his baseball career began much earlier.

    An outfielder, Shotton debuted in mid-September of 1909 with the St. Louis Browns. He'd hit .262 in 17 games in that inaugural season, but wouldn't be back with the Browns until 1911. Playing in well over 100 games a year from 1911 through 1917 with the Browns, Shotton would hit .269 or better each season until 1917 when he slumped to .224.

    After the 1917 campaign, Shotton, and Doc Lavan were traded to the Washington Senators for Bert Gallia and cash.

    Shotton would spend just 1 season in a Senators uniform, hitting .261 in 126 games in 1918.

    Waived by Washington, Shotton would be selected by the St. Louis Cardinals. He'd play for the Cardinals from 1919 through 1923, his playing time dwindling each season, making a final appearance in 1 game in April of 1923.

    However he wasn't finished with baseball-he'd return to the majors in 1928 as the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. He'd be at the helm of the Phillies through 1933.

    He'd serve as an interim manager for 1 game in 1934 for the Cincinnati Reds.

    Brought out of retirement in Florida prior to the 1947 season, Shotton would have immediate success with the Dodgers, finishing in 1st place in 1947. The Dodgers would slip to 3rd in 1948 but would capture the pennant again in 1949. Shotton would finish his managerial career with the Dodgers in 1950 when they finished in 2nd.

    Burt Shotton career record

    Frederick Thomas Vaughn B Oct. 18, 1918 D Mar. 2, 1964

    Infielder Fred Vaughn was nicknamed "Muscles". He'd debut with the Washington Senators in August of 1944, playing in 30 games in his rookie year, hitting .257.

    Returning to the Senators in 1945, Vaughn would play in 80 games, hitting .235 and muscling his way out of the major leagues at the end of the season.

    Fred Vaughn career record
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    "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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    October 19

    1901 The National League is rocked when 4 players from the Phillies jump ship to Washington: 3B Harry Wolverton, pitchers Al Orth and "Happy" Jack Townsend and the great Ed Delahanty. Phillies owner John Rogers seeks a court injunction preventing the players from playing for any other team except the Phillies. The Pennsylvania Supreme court eventually rules that the players cannot play baseball in the state of Pennsylvania except for the Phillies. Like Nap Lajoie of Cleveland, Delahanty, Orth, Townsend, and Wolverton take impromptu vacations when the Nats are scheduled to play in Philadelphia. Delahanty will lead the AL in hitting in 1902 with a .376 average, while Orth wins 19 games. Townsend goes a disappointing 9-16. Wolverton will jump back to the Phillies in July.

    1927 The dismantling of the World Series teams of 1924 and 1925 continues. OF Earl McNeely and pitching prospect Dick Coffman are traded to the Browns for pitchers Milt Gaston and "Sad" Sam Jones. Gaston would post a ghastly 5.51 ERA in one season in Washington before being shipped to Boston as part of the package to reacquire Buddy Myer. Jones will fare better, going 17-7 in 1928, and would play 4 years with the Senators. McNeely would conclude his career in 1931 as a reserve and Coffman would not blossom until being traded to the Giants in 1936 and finding his niche in the bullpen.

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    Oswaldo Gonzalez Alvarez B Oct. 19, 1933 D Mar. 8, 2008

    Acquired by the Senators in 1955, Ossie Alvarez, another member of the much noted "Cuban Connection," debuted with the Senators in mid-April of 1958. Playing in 87 games for Washington that season as a utility infielder, Alvarez would have 41 hits with 3 doubles and 5 RBI's.

    Traded to the Cleveland Indians for Jay Porter in October, he'd be a part of the Indians organization for less than a month before he was traded again, this time to the Deroit Tigers.

    Alvarez would appear in 8 games for the Tigers, his major league career ending in late April of 1959.

    Ossie Alvarez career record

    Donald George Leppert B Oct. 19, 1931 Still Living

    Catcher Don Leppert was originally signed by the Milwaukee Braves in 1955. Picked up by the Pittsburgh Pirates after the 1960 season, Leppert would make his major league debut in mid-June of 1961. He'd play in 22 games for the Pirates that year and another 45 in 1962, hitting .267 and .266 respectively.

    Traded to the Washington Senators for minor leaguer Ron Honeycutt and cash, Leppert would have his most active season with Washington in 1963, playing in 73 games, hitting .237 with 11 doubles and 6 home runs and would be selected to the 1963 All Star Team.

    Leppert would play in another 50 games in 1964 but his batting average would drop to .156 and he'd make his last major league appearance in mid-September.

    Don Leppert career record

    Carl Everett Sawyer B Oct. 19, 1890 D Jan. 17, 1957

    Carl Sawyer, another utility infielder, qualifies as a Senators Short Timer having played in just 26 games over the span of 2 seasons.

    Coming up with the Senators in September of 1915, Sawyer would play in 10 games hitting .250.

    He'd return for another 16 games in 1916 but his BA would drop to .194 and he'd play in his last major league game in October.

    Carl Sawyer career record
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  15. #235

    October 20

    1959 Entertaining offers from other cities, Clark Griffith proclaims again that he will not move the Senators from Washington. But, Griffith's admission that he was impressed by Minnesota officials makes his declaration sound hollow. Other cities still in the hunt for the Senators at this stage are Toronto and Dallas.

    Senators Birthdays

    Archibald Stewart Campbell B Oct. 20, 1903 D Dec. 22, 1989

    Senators Short Timer Archie Campbell would pitch for 3 seasons with 3 different teams, appearing in a grand total of 40 major league games.

    Making his major league debut with the New York Yankees in 1928, Campbell would pitch in 13 games going 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA.

    Drafted by the Senators from St. Paul of the American Association, Campbell would appear in 4 games for the Senators in 1929, compiling an identical 0-1 record, however his ERA would swell to a horrific 15.75, having given up 10 hits, 5 walks and 7 runs in just 4 innings.

    1930 would find Campbell on the roster of the Cincinnati Reds where he'd pitch in 23 games, posting a 2-4 record. His last major league appearance would come in late July of the 1930 season.

    Archie Campbell career record

    Bruce Douglas Campbell B Oct. 20, 1909 D Jun. 17, 1995

    No relation to the previously mentioned Archie Campbell, outfielder Bruce Campbell would also join the ranks of Single Season Senators in 1942 at the end of a 13 year major league career.

    Making his major league debut in mid-September of 1930 with the Chicago White Sox, Campbell would play in 5 games that year. He'd only play in another 4 games for the White Sox in 1931.

    In 1932 Campbell would make it into 7 games for the White Sox before he was traded to the St. Louis Browns in late April. With the Browns, Campbell got an opportunity to be an every day player, appearing in 139 games for the Browns, hitting .283 in his first full season of major league play.

    Campbell would remain in St. Louis through 1934, being traded to the Cleveland Indians after the season. Campbell would stay with the Tribe through 1939 having some good seasons in Cleveland. He'd hit .325 in in 80 games in 1935 and would hit an even more impressive .372 in 76 games in 1936.

    Traded to the Detroit Tigers before the start of the 1940 campaign, Campbell would play in the next 2 seasons for the Tigers. He'd play in all 7 games of the 1940 World Series, hitting .360 against the World Champion Cincinnati Reds.

    Traded one last time after the 1941 season, Campbell along with Frank Croucher, would be headed to Washington in exchange for Jimmy Bloodworth and Doc Cramer.

    Campbell played in 122 games for the 1942 Senators, hitting .278, making his last major league appearance in late September. He wouldn't play during the war years of 1943 through 1945 and was released by the Senators in early April of 1946, never to play in another major league game.

    Bruce Campbell career record

    Wid Curry Matthews B Oct. 20, 1896 D Oct. 5, 1965

    Wid Matthews was an outfielder who got his major league start with the 1923 Philadelphia Athletics. Playing in 129 games, Matthews would hit .274 in his rookie season.

    Traded to Milwaukee of the American Association after the 1923 season, Matthews would become a Senator in early June of 1924, being traded for Showboat Fisher and cash.

    Matthews would appear in 53 games with the 1924 Senators hitting .302. In early August of '24, Matthews would be traded to Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League to complete a deal for Earl McNeely. Matthews would be returned to the Senators in late September of that year.

    Matthews would play in just 10 games for the Senators in 1925, going 4 for 9, making his last major league appearance in early June.

    Wid Matthews career record

    James Emerson Uchrinscko B Oct. 20, 1900 D Mar. 17, 1995

    Senators Short Timer Jimmy Uchrinscko be on the Senators roster for 1 week in 1926. He'd pitch 8 innings in 3 games, giving up 13 hits, 8 walks and 9 runs, leaving with an ERA of 10.13.

    Jimmy Uchrinscko career record
    Last edited by Aa3rt; 10-20-2008 at 04:37 PM.

  16. #236

    October 21

    Senator Managers

    Tom Loftus, 1902-1903

    Record as Senators manager: 104-169, .381 PCT

    Teams managed:

    1902 61-75, .449 Pct, 6th Place, 22 GB
    1903 43-94, .314 Pct, 8th Place, 47.5 GB



    Tom Loftus was Ban Johnson's choice to replace Jimmy Manning at the helm of the Nationals. Loftus, in accepting the Washington managerial job, became the only man to manage in four different major leagues (Union Association, American Association, National League and American League).

    Inheriting a club that included Manning recruits Ed Delahanty, pitchers Al Orth and Happy Townsend and 3B Harry Wolverton, Loftus led the Nats to a lackluster 6th place finish in 1902. Delahanty did not disappoint and paced the circuit with a .376 batting average. Orth, the "Curveless Wonder", won 19, with Case Patten racking up 17. Despite the second division finish, team president Fred Postal awarded Loftus with a 25 percent share of the franchise.

    The roof caved in on Loftus and Postal in 1903. Not only did this edition of the Senators become the first Washington team to finish in the basement, but the season was darkened by the mysterious death of Delahanty in mid-season. A month following Delahanty's death, Postal, tired of the team's internal bickering and Loftus' pestering for more money to get players, wanted out. Johnson, in an unbridled conflict of interest, temporarily took control of the Nats for $15,000. One of Johnson's first acts was to announce that Loftus would not return for the 1904 season.

    Johnson sold the Senators in March of 1904 to a consortium led by a baseball writer turned promoter, William Dwyer, Thomas C. Noyes, whose family published the Washington Evening Star and attorney Wilton Lambert, who would become the new team president. Even though Johnson had announced Loftus would not return the previous August, the AL president did not officially terminate Loftus. So, with rumors that the Nats were about to install Patsy Donovan as manager once he had secured his release from the Cardinals, Loftus claimed that he was still the manager and Donovan would only be a player if he were acquired. One week before opening day, Dwyer and Noyes finally issued Loftus the pink slip.

    Senators Birthdays

    Marquette Joseph Christman B Oct. 21, 1913 D Oct. 9, 1976

    Utility infielder Mark Christman would make his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers in April of 1938 as a 24 year old rookie. Playing in 95 games his first season, Christman would hit .248 with 6 doubles, 4 triples, 1 home run and 44 RBI's.

    Starting the 1939 season in Detroit, Christman would make it into 6 games in a Tigers uniform before being traded in mid-May to the St. Louis Browns. Christman would play in 79 games for the Browns, hitting .216. He wouldn't return to the majors until 1943, when, back with the Browns, he'd hit a respectable .271 in 98 games. In 1944, he'd play in 148 games and hit an identical .271.

    Christman would make it into all 6 games of the 1944 World Series but would go a disappointing 2 for 22 at bat as the Browns were defeated by the Cardinals in 6 games.

    Christman would play 2 more years for the Browns before being purchased by the Washington Senators at the start of the 1947 season. Playing in Washington from 1947 through 1949, Christman would hit .222 in 110 games in 1947. 1948 would see him in 120 games, raising his BA to .259.

    1949 would be Christman's last major league season as he'd only appear in 49 games, hitting .214, his last major league appearance coming in late September.

    Mark Christman career record

    Robert Alexander Pritchard B Oct. 21, 1917 D Sep. 25, 1991

    Single Season Senator Bob Pritchard spent just over 2 months on the roster of the 1939 Senators. Playing 1st base, Pritchard would go 20 for 85 at bat with 5 doubles, 8 runs scored and 8 RBI's.

    Bob Prichard career record
    Last edited by Steve Jeltz; 10-28-2008 at 08:33 PM.

  17. #237

    October 22

    First in war, first in peace and last in any league

    The 1912 edition of the Senators became the first team in franchise history to finish with more wins than losses in a season. But, did you know, they were also the first professional Washington team to ever finish above .500? Here is a list of the teams prior to the formation of the American League Senators in 1901 with W/L records and the leagues they competed in.

    Year Team W-L League
    1884 Washington Nationals, 12-51, American Association
    1884 Washington Nationals, 47-65, Union Association
    1886 Washington Senators, 28-92, National League
    1887 Washington Senators, 46-76, National League
    1888 Washington Senators, 48-86, National League
    1889 Washington Senators, 41-83, National League
    1891 Washington Statesmen, 44-91, American Association
    1892 Washington Senators, 58-93, National League
    1893 Washington Senators, 40-89, National League
    1894 Washington Senators, 45-87, National League
    1895 Washington Senators, 43-85, National League
    1896 Washington Senators, 58-73, National League
    1897 Washington Senators, 61-71, National League
    1898 Washington Senators, 51-101, National League
    1899 Washington Senators, 54-98, National League


    The most noteworthy player from those dismal teams was the debut of a skinny, 23 year old catcher on September 11, 1886. Connie Mack was behind the plate for the Senators on that day, a 4-3 victory over the Phillies that halted an 8 game losing streak.


    "Now batting for the Senators, Ty Cobb??"

    Fresh from that 2nd place finish of 1912, manager Clark Griffith sought the final piece that would bring the American League flag to Washington. While the pitching was in good hands with Walter Johnson, Bob Groom, and Tom Hughes, the offense needed another bat. Not just any player, but a player who was suited to the spacious dimensions League Park (Griffith Stadium) who could hit balls into the gaps, had speed, and a high batting average. In essence, the hitting equivalent of Walter Johnson: Ty Cobb.

    Brushing aside the pesky fact that he was only a one-tenth owner of the Senators and would have to answer to the Senators board of directors, Griffith approached Detroit owner Frank Navin dangling a check for $100,000 for the "Georgia Peach". Navin may have considered the offer for a split second before blowing off Griffith. Navin's rejection may well have been a good thing for Griffith considering the aforementioned board of directors. Had Navin said yes, where was the $100,000 going to come from, the directors would demand to know. Griffith, however, wasn't called the "Silver Fox" for nothing.

    Prepared for the best case scenario of a Cobb purchase, Griffith's plan for raising the $100,000 was to sell 100,000 one-dollar tickets to fans who could use them for whichever game they chose, wrote late Washington Post sportswriter Shirley Povich. With $1 being a high cost for a blue collar worker in 1913, Griffith nonetheless believed the fans would enthusiastically gobble up the $1 dollar ducats. With Navin saying no, a contentious meeting with the directors never materialized and the Cobb and Johnson dream team remained a fantasy.

    Griffith's high regard for Cobb did not abate in the ensuing years. When Cobb was released from the Tigers before 1927, Griffith, now sole owner of the Nats, made a hard play for Cobb. With the A's, Browns, Dodgers and Sens climbing all over themselves in pursuit of Cobb, Griffith offered Cobb a high undisclosed salary, with the sweetener that Cobb can "come and go as he pleases". The offer was not good enough for Cobb, who took the highest salary offer of $50,000 from Connie Mack's A's.

    Senators Birthdays

    Myles Lewis Thomas B Oct. 22, 1897 D Dec. 12, 1963

    Pitcher Myles Thomas would play for 5 years with the Yankees and the Senators. Making his major league debut with the Yanks in April of 1926, Thomas would appear in 33 games, pitching in 140 and 1/3rd innings, posting a 6-6 record with a 4.23 ERA. Thomas would pitch in 2 games of the 1926 World Series, as the Yankees lost to the St. Louis Cardinals.

    In 1927, Thomas would have his best year on the mound, posting a 7-4 record in 21 games although his ERA would rise to 4.87.

    He'd only pitch in 12 games in 1928, compiling a 1-0 record, but would lower his ERA to 3.41, the best season of his career.

    Thomas would begin the season with the Yankees in 1929, appearing in 5 games, going 0-2. He'd be purchased in mid-June by the Senators.

    Finishing the season in a Washington uniform, Thomas would post a 7-8 record in 22 games.

    1930 would be Thomas' last season in the majors as he'd appear in 12 games for the Senators, compiling a 2-2 record but would see his ERA swell to 8.29. He would play in his last major league game in late June of '21.

    Myles Thomas career record
    Last edited by Aa3rt; 10-22-2008 at 04:31 PM.

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    As bad as the Pirates have been since 1993 it's nothing compared to Washington's record prior to 1912. All that futility might not have come in an unbroken string of seasons but it was dismal nonetheless. One can just imagine the feeling fans had in 1912 after all that failure-think this year's Rays fans times 1000!

  19. #239

    October 23

    Senator Managers

    Malachi Kittridge and Patsy Donovan, 1904

    Kittridge's record as Senator manager: 1-16, .059 Pct.

    Teams managed:

    1904 1-16, .059 Pct., 8th place, 11 GB

    Donovan's record as Senator manager: 37-97, .296 Pct.

    Teams managed:

    1904 37-97, .296 Pct, 8th place, 55.5 GB

    New part owner and baseball operations head Bill Dwyer appointed former Pittsburgh and Cardinal player-manager Patsy Donovan as the Senators new skipper just a week before opening day of 1904. Donovan's arrival in D.C. was delayed as he claimed the Cardinals owed him $3,600 in back salary. Donovan would remain in St, Louis for two weeks while an arbitration board reviewed his case against the Cardinals. Veteran backstop Malachi Kittridge was named the Nats manager until Donovan was able to wrap up his hearing.

    By the time Donovan arrived, Washington was already the laughingstock of baseball at 1-16. Under Kittridge, the Senators set a ML record by losing their first 13 games, a record that stood until 1988 when Baltimore dropped 21 straight. Donovan wouldn't fare much better, with the pitiful Nats staggering home with the worse record in club history at 38-113. While every AL team posted attendance increases in 1904, fans in Washington stayed away in droves. Only 132,344 souls bothered supporting the Nats in that long, miserable summer.

    Donovan was sacked following the season. Donovan would resurface as a player-manager with Brooklyn and the Red Sox until 1911. Kittridge, who harbored aspirations to be a manager before his disastrous Senators stint, had second thoughts and never managed again. More shakeup occurred in the front office when Dwyer abandoned his short career as a major league administrator.

    Senators Birthdays

    Bruce Raymond Barmes B Oct. 23, 1929 Still Living

    Senators Short Timer Bruce Barmes was signed by Washington in 1950. He'd be on the Senators roster for 2 weeks in late September of 1953, appearing in 5 games, playing right field and going 1 for 5 at the plate.

    Bruce Barmes career record
    Last edited by Aa3rt; 10-23-2008 at 08:18 AM.

  20. #240

    October 24

    Senator Managers

    Jake Stahl, 1905-1906

    Record as Senators manager: 119-182, .395 Pct.

    Teams managed:
    1905: 64-87, 7th place, .424 Pct., 29.5 GB
    1906: 55-95, 7th place, .367 Pct., 37.5 GB

    During an era where most players, and the general populace for that matter, did not possess a high school education, Jake Stahl was an anomaly. A former collegiate football star from the University of Illinois, Stahl graduated in 1903 with a degree in law. With the law degree in hand, Stahl, no relation to Red Sox star Chick Stahl, could afford to play pro baseball purely for the fun of it. Originally signed by the Boston Americans, Stahl was dealt to Washington before the 1904 season. The 25 year old was one of the very few bright spots for the Senators in 1904, leading the team in batting average, home runs and RBI.

    In February of 1905, Stahl was named the player-manager by new Senators president Thomas C. Noyes. The Senators got off to a hot start finding themselves in 1st place in early May. Starving for any success, Washington fans threw a parade for the Senators after the team returned from a successful road trip early in the season. Injuries and an illness to Stahl would condemn the Nats a 7th place finish, but the 64 wins was quite an improvement from the pathetic 38 win campaign of 1904. As a reward for finishing out of the cellar, a reported $1,000 was distributed to the players, who divided up the money amongst themselves.

    The light at the end of the tunnel was not an end to the Senators woes, but another oncoming train. In March, 1906, promising SS Joe Cassidy died from typhoid fever. Stahl led Washington to another respectable start that year, but an 8 game losing streak in late May put the Nats in 7th place for good. The highlight of 1906 was an August win over the White Sox that halted the "Hitless Wonders" 19 game winning streak. Stahl accepted responsibility for the Senators disappointing finish stating, "If I'd been able to hit .300 this year, as many of my friends predicted, we'd have been up in the first division, but I was a frost." Unable to fire the players, Noyes and the Washington owners fired Stahl after the season.

    Jake Stahl write up on SABR.com

    http://bioproj.sabr.org/bioproj.cfm?...1796&pid=13489

    Senators Birthdays

    Oswald Louis "Ossie" Bluege B Oct. 24, 1900 D Oct. 14, 1985

    Ossie Bluege is certainly a rarity in Senators history-a career Washington Senator who would play for 18 seasons in a Washington uniform, manage the team for an additional 5 years and also served the Senators as a coach, farm director and team accountant, his total time in the organization totalling 50 years.

    Bluege would make his major league debut in April of 1922. He'd only make it into 19 games his first season hitting .197. Primarily a 3rd baseman, Bluege would also play at 1st, 2nd, shortstop and in the outfield over the course of 1816 games.

    In 1922, Bluege would make it into 109 games and raise his BA to .245. 1923 would see his average improve again to .281. Never a power hitter (Playing half their games in expansive Griffith Stadium would limit many hitters home run production.), Bluege would hit just 8 home runs in 1931, his best year. He'd never manage to hit .300 in a season either, his best year being 1928 when he'd manage a .297 BA. However he was consistent, hitting .270 or better in 10 of 18 seasons.

    Bluege would be named to the 1935 All Star Team and was a member of all 3 pennant winning Washington teams in 1924, 1925 and 1933.

    Hitting a disappointing .192 in the 1924 World Series, when Washington captured it's only World Series, Bluege would rebound in 1925, hitting .278 in 5 games as the Senators would lose to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 7. He'd only go 2 for 16 with 6 strikeouts in the 1933 series, as the Senators lost to the New York Giants in 5 games.

    Bluege's final season as a player came in 1939. At 38 years of age, he had slowed considerably and only managed to hit .153 in 18 games, his last major league appearance as a player coming in mid-July.

    After his career as a player ended, Bluege would manage the Senators from 1943 through 1947. The 1943 and 1945 squads would finish in 2nd place. Bluege would also see the basement in 1944 when the Senators finished 8th with a 64-90 record.

    After the 1947 season, Bluege would go on to serve the Senators as farm director and team accountant. He would pass away just 10 days shy of his 85th birthday in 1985.

    "Ossie" Bluege career record

    Jack Erwin Russell B Oct. 24, 1905 D Nov. 3, 1990

    Pitcher Jack Russell played for 6 different teams in a 15 year career, including 2 separate terms with the Boston Red Sox.

    Debuting in early May of 1926 with Boston, Russell would post an 0-5 record with a 3.58 ERA. Russell would remain in Boston through mid-June of 1932. He'd pitch in over 200 innings from 1928 through 1931 but would have some rough years, including losing 20 games in 1930.

    Traded to the Cleveland Indians, Russell would finish the 1932 season going 5-7 for the Tribe.

    After the 1932 season, Russell, along with Bruce Connaster would be traded to the Washington Senators for Harley Boss.

    1933 would be the first season since his major league debut where Russell would post a winning record, going 12-6 in 50 games for Washington with a 2.69 ERA. Russell would make it in to 3 games of the 1933 World Series, pitching 10 and 1/3rds innings. While he had a stellar ERA of 0.87, he'd be charged with a loss.

    Russell would be named to the 1934 All Star Team but his record for the 1934 Senators would drop to 5-10 and his ERA would rise to 4.17.

    Russell would lead the American League in saves in 1933 (13) and 1934 (7) and in games appeared in (54), also in 1934.

    Russell would post a 4-9 record in 1935. After 18 games in 1936 where he'd go 3-2 with the Senators, Russell would be traded back to the Boston Red Sox for Joe Cascarella, where he'd finish the 1936 season with an 0-3 record.

    Released by the Red Sox in March of 1937, Russell would be signed by the Detroit Tigers. He'd post a 2-5 record in Detroit, once again being released at the end of the season.

    Picked up by the 1938 Chicago Cubs, Russell would return to his winning ways posting a 6-1 record in 42 games and appearing in his 2nd World Series with Chicago as the Cubs lost to the New York Yankees.

    Russell would post a 4-3 record with the 1939 Cubs in 39 games. After the season he'd be released again, this time being signed by the St. Louis Cardinals. He'd pitch in 26 games for St. Louis, going 3-4, his last major league appearance coming in early August.

    Jack Russell career record
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