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  1. #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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  2. #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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  3. #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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  4. #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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  5. #230

    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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  6. #231
    Join Date
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    Land of 10,000 lakes
    "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.

  7. #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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  8. #233
    Join Date
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    La Plata, MD

    October 18

    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.

  9. #234

    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.

    Senators Birthdays

    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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  10. #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
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  11. #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
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  12. #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
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  13. #238
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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!

  14. #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
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  15. #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

    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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  16. #241
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    October 25

    Senators Birthdays

    John Joseph (Dirty Jack) Doyle B Oct. 25, 1869 D Dec. 31, 1958

    Born in Killorglin, Ireland, Jack Doyle would play for 11 different teams, in 3 leagues, during a 17 year career. Another "Senators Short Timer", Doyle would play in 1564 games, however only 78 of those games were with the American League Washington Senators.

    Debuting as a 19 year old in late August of 1889 with the Columbus Colts (or Solons, depending on your reference) of the American Association, Doyle would play for 2 years in Columbus before jumping to the National League Cleveland Spiders.

    Doyle would spend 1 and a half seasons in Cleveland, being released in June of 1892. Within a week, he was signed by the New York Giants.

    Staying in New York through 1895, Doyle would be traded south, spending 1896 and 1897 with the National League Baltimore Orioles. Traded again, this time to the National League Washington Senators, Doyle played just 43 games in Washington before he was on the move again, this time back to the New York Giants who purchased his contract in July of 1898. This time around, Doyle would remain in New York through 1900.

    1901 would find Doyle traded to the Chicago National League franchise, then known as the Orphans. After 1 season in the Windy City, Doyle was released and picked up once again by the New York Giants. After 49 games in New York, Doyle was released again, this time picked up by the fledgling American League Washington Senators, where he'd play in 78 games.

    Purchased by the Brooklyn Superbas, Doyle would spend 1903 and the early part of 1904 in the Borough Of Churches, being sold to the Philadelphia Phillies in late June of '04. Doyle would spend approximately 3 and a half months in Philadelphia being released by the Phillies in mid-August.

    Doyle would have 1 last fling in the majors in July of 1905, when he'd play in 3 games for the New York Highlanders.

    Doyle was one of those utility players who could fill in almost anywhere-primarily a 1st baseman, he'd play every infield position, including catcher, and play in 133 games as an outfielder. He was also a threat at the plate, hitting over .300 in 8 seasons and ending his career with a .299 BA, collecting 1,806 hits in 1,564 games including 315 doubles, 64 triples and 25 home runs.

    "Jack" Doyle 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.

  17. #242

    October 26

    1910 A rumored trade of Walter Johnson for Ty Cobb headlines The Washington Post. Tigers president Frank Navin denies the rumor saying he would never trade Cobb. Navin, nonetheless, salutes Johnson as "the best pitcher in the country."

    1934 Having lost money this season and owing banks about $125,000, Clark Griffith sells his son-in-law, Joe Cronin, to the Red Sox for $225,000 and prospect Lyn Lary. Griffith places provisions in the transaction that Boston owner Tom Yawkey must meet, including an unheard of 5 year contract for Cronin with a guaranteed salary. One last stipulation is that Cronin must be agreeable to the sale. Griffith phones Cronin, just back from his honeymoon, in San Francisco. Cronin gives his okay to the deal and the Senators begin their permanent descent into mediocrity.

    1960 The American League grants Calvin Griffith his long time wish by allowing him to move the Senators to Minnesota, where the team is rechristened the Twins. Mainly to fend off a possible probe into their cherished anti-trust exemption, AL owners quickly grant Washington an expansion team along with Los Angeles.

    Senators Birthdays

    Eldred William (Bud) Byerly B Oct. 26, 1920 Still Living

    Signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1940, pitcher Bud Byerly would make his major league debut in late September of 1943. Pitching in 2 games, Byerly would finish the season with a record of 1-0. He'd pitch in 9 games in 1944, going 2-2 and would appear in 1 World Series game in the All St. Louis World Series as the Cardinals defeated the Browns in 6. In 1945 Byerly would spend his first full season in St. Louis, posting a 4-5 record in 33 games.

    Byerly would take a hiatus from the major leagues after 1945, being released by the Cardinals in May of 1948. He'd be signed by the Cincinnati Reds within a week and would spend 1951 and a portion of 1952 in Cincinnati.

    Traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers and then the New York Giants, Byerly would not reappear in the majors until 1956 when he was picked up by the Washington Senators. Byerly would spend 1956, 1957 and a portion of 1958 pitching for the Senators. 1957 would be the most active season of his career when he'd pitch in 47 games, posting a 6-6 record.

    Traded to the Boston Red Sox in late June of 1958, Byerly would pitch in 18 games for Boston, going 1-2.

    Byerly would not play for the Red Sox in 1959 but would be traded to the San Francisco Giants in late July. Byerly would finish his career playing for the Giants, appearing in 11 games in 1959, going 1-0 and posting an identical 1-0 record in 18 games in 1960, his last major league game coming in late July.

    "Bud" Byerly career record

    Grier William (Skipper) Friday B Oct. 26, 1897 D Aug. 25, 1962

    Single Season Senator Skipper Friday would pitch in 7 games for the 1923 Senators, posting an 0-1 record with a 6.90 ERA. Making his major league debut in mid June, Friday would be on the Senators roster until early August. Bon Voyage Skipper!

    "Skipper" Friday career record

    William Joseph Gogolewski B Oct. 26, 1947 Still Living

    Drafted by the expansion Washington Senators in the amateur draft of 1965, Bill Gogolewski would make his way to the majors in September of 1970. Pitching in 8 games in his inaugural season, Gogolewski would go 2-2 in 8 games. Staying with the Senators in 1971, Gogolewski would post a 6-5 record in 27 games with a 2.75 ERA for the Senators in their last season in Washington.

    Moving to Texas as the Senators transformed into the Rangers, Gogolewski would have the most active season of his career in 1972, pitching 150 and 2/3 rds innings in 36 games but would see his W/L record drop to 4-12. He'd appear in 49 games for the Rangers in 1973, going 3-6.

    Gogolewski would be traded to the Cleveland Indians where he'd pitch in just 5 games in 1974, being released at the beginning of the 1975 season. He'd be signed for 1 last campaign by the Chicago White Sox where he'd appear in 19 games, his last major league game coming in early August.

    Bill Gogolewski career record

    Colbert Dale (Toby) Harrah B Oct. 26, 1948 Still Living

    Originally signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1966, Toby Harrah would be selected by the Washington Senators in the minor league draft of 1967.

    Harrah would make his major league debut with the Senators in September of 1969, appearing in 8 games, primarily as a pinch runner. He'd be back with the Senators in 1971, when he'd play in 127 games, mainly as a shortstop, hitting .230.

    Another player who found himself headed to the Lone Star State when the Senators pulled up stakes in Washington, Harrah would spend the next 7 seasons as a Texas Ranger. He'd have some good years in Texas, hitting .293 in 1975. He'd eventually be transitioned from shortstop to 3rd base during his stay in Texas.

    In 1979, Harrah was traded to the Cleveland Indians where he'd play from 1979 through 1983. He'd be traded to the New York Yankees for the 1984 season. The Yankees would trade Harrah back to Texas where he'd finish his career in 1985 and '86.

    Harrah's career would end with him having played 1099 games at 3rd base, 813 at shortstop and 244 games at 2nd base. Harrah would lead the American League in walks in 1977 and would represent the Texas Rangers in the All Star Games of 1972, 1975 & 1976 and the Cleveland Indians in 1982.

    "Toby" Harrah career record

    John Wesley (Jock) Sommerlot B Oct. 26, 1882 D Apr. 21, 1965

    Senators Short Timer Jock Sommerlot would debut as a 27 year old rookie in September of 1910. Playing at 1st base in 16 games, Sommerlot would go 14 for 63, working out to a .222 BA. Back with the Senators in 1911, Sommerlot would play in another 13 games but would see his BA drop to .175. He'd play in his last major league game in late May of 1911.

    "Jock" Sommerlot career record

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  18. #243

    October 27

    Senator Managers

    Joe Cantillon, 1907-1909

    Record as Senators manager: 158-297, .347 Pct.

    Teams managed:
    1907: 49-102, .325 Pct., 8th place 43.5 GB
    1908: 67-85, .441 Pct., 7th place, 22.5 GB
    1909: 42-110, .276 Pct., 8th place, 56 GB

    A former saloon operator, AL umpire and minor league manager with Milwaukee of the American Association, "Pongo" Joe Cantillon was the 6th Senator manager in their 7 year existence. Known for a hair trigger temper and a penchant for fisticuffs from his days as an umpire, Cantillon's 3 seasons as the Nats's pilot featured two 100 plus loss seasons sandwiched around a 67-85 record. While the on field results remained dismal, Cantillon did have a hand in laying the groundwork for the Senators rise to respectability long after he was dismissed.

    Breaking training camp from Galveston, TX in 1907, the Senators made a stop in Wichita, KS. Playing Wichita of the Western Association in an exhibition game, Cantillon, said to be a good judge of talent, spotted a speedy outfielder on the Wichita team by the name of Clyde Milan. Milan would not be signed on the spot due to the Senators already having their team set, but Cantillon would keep tabs on the youngster.

    Once the regular season began, it was the same old story for the Sens. By the Fourth of July, the Nats found themselves in their customary 8th place spot, 20.5 games out. But fortune would smile on the downtrodden franchise that month when C Cliff Blankenship broke his finger. With Blankenship useless sitting on the bench, Cantillon decided to send Blankenship on a scouting mission to Kansas and Idaho. Cantillon instructed the catcher to sign Milan in Kansas. Then, Blankenship was to proceed to Weiser, ID to scout a pitcher. Cantillon had been receiving letters from a traveling salesman about a pitcher who was tearing up the Snake River Valley League. Blankenship balked about heading to Idaho on a "wild goose chase" to see "some palooka" striking everybody out in a semi-pro league. But, once Blankenship saw the pitcher pitch 12 innings in Weiser, his mind quickly changed and Walter Johnson became a Washington Senator.

    Even with Milan and Johnson in tow, the Senators lost 102 games in 1907, bringing up the rear in the AL. Milan saw action in 20 games, hitting .279 with 8 steals. His roommate, Johnson, did not immediately make a splash, but showed encouraging signs with a deceptive 5-9 record and a 1.88 ERA in 14 games.

    Overhauling the team for the 1908 season, Cantillon returned only two starters from the 1907 squad. Among the newcomers were Gabby Street, who would be Johnson's personal catcher, and SS George McBride, soon to become the premier defensive shortstop in the American League. With Johnson lowering his ERA to 1.64 and improving to 14-14, and "Long" Tom Hughes winning 18, the Senators improved by 17.5 games to 67-85, a rung above the basement. The highlight of 1908 was the Big Train tossing 3 shutouts in 4 days in September and a 15 percent dividend for stockholders of the Senators.

    Cantillon should have known that 1909 would be bad when Johnson got ill during camp and limped to a 1-6 start. Johnson would lose 25 games, 10 by shutout thanks to an anemic Nats offense that scored a franchise low 380 runs during the year. Overall, the club would drop a whopping 110 games against 42 victories to finish 20 games out of 7th place and 56 games behind 1st place Detroit. 1909 would be "Pongo" Joe's swan song as a major league manager.

    Senators Birthdays

    The stork takes an off day in the off season, as there are no Senators birthdays to report on October 27th.
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  19. #244

    October 28

    1913 Walter Johnson vs. Christy Mathewson. The first and only time the two greats square off. It occurs at South Main Park in Tulsa, OK on a post season barnstorming trip. Unfortunately, it comes under tragic circumstances when the stands collapse, injuring 52 and killing a soldier before the game. Oklahoma governor Lee Cruce barely escapes injury in the chaos. Instead of calling off the exhibition, the game is merely delayed for 2 hours. The contest is anti climatic with Johnson, playing on a squad comprised of Red Sox star Tris Speaker and most of the White Sox, striking out 8 in a complete game, 6-0 win over Mathewson. The aging Matty last 4 innings before departing. Speaker and White Sox 3B Buck Weaver lead the offense, while Jim Thorpe of the Giants collects 2 hits off the Big Train.

    Senators Birthdays

    Today's birthday boy is another of the "Fab Fourteen", a player who spent time with the Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns and Washington Senators during the course of his career.

    John Leonard (Doc) Lavan (Born Laven) B Oct. 28, 1890 D May 29, 1952

    Shortstop Doc Lavan got his start in the major leagues in mid-June of 1922 with the St. Louis Browns. Playing in 46 games for the Browns, Lavan would only manage a .141 BA and was sold in late August to the Philadelphia Athletics. Lavan would play in 5 games for the A's that season, going 1 for 14 at bat.

    Sold back to the Browns before the start of the 1914 season, Lavan would improve his batting eye, hitting .264. Lavan would stay with the Browns through 1917. After the season, Lavan, along with Burt Shotton were sent to the Washington Senators in exchange for Bert Gallia and $15,000.

    Lavan would play just 1 season in Washington, appearing in 117 games in 1918, hitting .278.

    In mid-May of 1919 Lavan would find himself headed to St. Louis again, this time sold to the Cardinals. Lavan would finish his career with the Redbirds, playing there from 1919 through 1924, his last major league game coming in early May of the '24 season.

    "Doc" Lavan career record
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  20. #245

    October 29

    Senator Managers

    Jimmy McAleer, 1910-1911

    Record as Senator manager: 130-175 .426 Pct.

    Teams managed

    1910: 66-85, .437 Pct., 7th place, 36.5 GB
    1911: 64-90, .416 Pct., 7th place, 38.5 GB

    Unlike his predecessors, Jimmy McAleer was an experienced big league pilot. The Youngstown, OH native was instrumental in the recruitment of National League players for Ban Johnson's American League in 1901 and 1902 before peace was achieved between the warring leagues. Johnson, shuffling players and managers between teams at will, would reward McAleer with managerial appointments with the upstart Cleveland Blues (Indians) in 1901, the new St. Louis Browns in 1902 and the Washington Senators in 1910.

    Before arriving in the nation's capital, McAleer managed the Blues for their inaugural season, before heading to St. Louis to lead the Browns to a surprising 2nd place finish in 1902, their high water mark until another 2nd place finish in 1922. McAleer would have only one more winning season in St. Louis during the ensuing 6 years before resigning in September, 1909. At the "suggestion" of Johnson, Senators president Thomas Noyes signed McAleer to a one year, $10,000 contract to manage the Nats.

    McAleer steered the rag tag Senators up a notch to 7th place in 1910, improving the Senators won-loss mark by 23.5 games from 1909. Clyde Milan came into his own during this season, stealing 44 bases, and upping his average to .279. The most important development was the continued maturation of Walter Johnson. Instead of using Johnson practically every day, McAleer used Johnson exclusively as a starter, with proper rest between starts. McAleer also gave Johnson an opposing manager's viewpoint: Johnson could be defeated when he relied too heavily on his curveball. Johnson broke through with a 25-17 record, a 1.36 ERA and 313 strikeouts mixing his pitches.

    On the basis of the team's improvement, Noyes rewarded McAleer with a 2 year contract along with a small ownership stake in the Washington franchise. 1911 would also feature the Senators playing in a new ballpark. 18 days before the opener, Washington's wooden ballpark caught fire and burnt down. Hastily constructed, a concrete and steel ballpark was erected just in time for the opener. League Park, renamed Griffith Stadium in 1920, would be the home for the Senators until 1961.

    The Senators remained stuck in 7th place in 1911 at 64-90. Johnson lead the league in complete games with 36. 1B Germany Schaffer paced the offense with a .334 average. Milan batted .315 and swiped 58 bags, even though McAleer disapproved of the outfielder catching fly balls with one hand.

    In mid- September of 1911, McAleer tendered his resignation as manager effective at the end of the season. McAleer and AL Secretary Robert McRoy, with fiancial assistance from Ban Johnson, purchased a half-interest in the Red Sox. McAleer would be named president of Boston in 1912 and the Sox, in their first year at Fenway Park, would win the World Series under former Nats manager Jake Stahl. However, McAleer and Stahl repeatedly clashed, leading to McAleer firing Stahl in July of 1913. Johnson, a secret shareholder in the Red Sox, was angered by McAleer's decision to can Stahl. With his old friend Johnson refusing to stand behind him, McAleer sold his interest in the Sox and never returned to baseball.

    Senators Birthdays

    Adelbert William Mason B Oct. 29, 1883 D Dec. 31, 1962

    Pitcher Del Mason debuted with the Washington Senators in April of 1904. Pitching in 5 games for Washington, Mason would go 0-3, giving up 45 hits and 22 runs in 33 innings.

    Mason would resurface with the Cincinnati Reds in 1906 going 0-1 in 2 games. He'd finish his major league career in 1907, going 5-12 in 25 games, his last appearance coming in mid-August of '07.

    Del Mason career record

    Peter Gerard Richert B Oct. 29, 1939 Still Living

    Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958, pitcher Pete Richert would debut as a 22 year old rookie in April of 1962. Richert would go 5-4 in his first year, appearing in 19 games. He'd post a 5-3 record in 1963 and 2-3 in 1964.

    After the 1964 season, Richert would be a part of the trade that sent Frank Howard, Ken McMullen, Phil Ortega and Dick Nen to Washington for Claude Osteen, John Kennedy and $100,000.

    Pitching in Washington, Richert would post a 15-12 record in 1965 and would go 14-14 in 1966. He would be named to the American League All Star Team in both of those years.

    Starting the 1967 season in Washington, Richert would see his W/L record drop to 2-6 before he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Mike Epstein and Frank Bertania in late May. He'd finish the 1967 season in Baltimore, going 7-10 for the O's.

    Richert would remain in Baltimore through 1971 and would appear in 1 game of each World Series in 1969, 1970 & 1971.

    After the 1971 season, Richert would be traded back to the franchise where it began, the Los Angeles Dodgers where he'd play in 1972 & 1973.

    He'd be traded one last time after the '73 season to the St. Louis Cardinals where he'd pitch in 13 games before being sold to the Philadelphia Phillies. Richert would pitch in 21 games for the Phillies, his last major league appearance coming in early September of 1974.

    Pete Richert career record

    Earl Hershey Yingling B Oct. 29, 1888 D Oct. 2, 1962

    Completeing our trio of pitchers who were born on October 29th, Earl Yingling would debut in 1911 with the American League Cleveland franchise then known as the Naps. He'd post a 1-0 record in 4 games for Cleveland.

    Yingling would make his way east, pitching for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1912 & 1913. Selected off waivers in 1914, Yingling would pitch in 34 games for the Cincinnati Reds, posting a 9-13 record.

    After a 3 year absence from the majors, Yingling would make his way into 5 games for the 1918 Washington Senators, posting a 1-2 record with aingling's last major league game would come in late May of 1918.

    Earl Yingling career record
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  21. #246

    October 30

    Senator Managers

    Clark Griffith, 1912-1920

    Record as Senator Manager: 693-646, .518 Pct.

    Teams Managed:
    1912: 91-61 .599 Pct. 2nd
    1913: 90-64 .584 Pct. 2nd
    1914: 81-73 .526 Pct. 3rd
    1915: 85-68 .556 Pct. 4th
    1916: 76-77 .497 Pct. 7th
    1917: 74-79 .484 Pct. 5th
    1918: 72-56 .563 Pct. 3rd
    1919: 56-84 .400 Pct. 7th
    1920: 68-84 .447 Pct. 6th

    Along with Ban Johnson and Charlie Comiskey, Clark Griffith was a major figure in getting the AL off the ground. As manager of Comiskey's White Sox in 1901, the Pale Hose were the first AL champions. With Johnson's persuasion, Griffith moved on to New York to lead the recently relocated Baltimore Orioles. As the Highlanders pilot, Griffith led the Highlanders to two second place finishes in 5 and a half seasons at the helm. Following his resignation in 1908, Griffith was rumored to be Washington bound with reports that Joe Cantillon was on his way out as the Nats manager. But the Senators improvement in 1908 prompted Thomas Noyes to keep Cantillon on board. Griffith, surprisingly, went to the National League to head Cincinnati for 3 years. Nonetheless, Griffith kept his eye on possible developments in Washington.

    When Jimmy McAleer suddenly resigned after 1911, Noyes, a friend of Griffith, seized his chance to bring the Silver Fox to D.C. Not only was Griffith offered the Nats managerial position, but Noyes also sweetened the pot by allowing Griffith a chance to buy a half interest stock in the franchise. Griffith, seeing his old friends Johnson, Comiskey, as well as former teammate McAleer owning significant chunks of various franchises, longed to possess ownership himself. Griffith declined the Reds offer to return as their manager and mortgaged his ranch in Montana to come up with the funds to acquire the half interest in the Senators. On October 30, 1911, Griffith was formally announced as the Senators manager.

    Immediately, the Senators on field fortunes turned for the better. Washington zoomed up to 2nd in 1912 thanks to Griffith's early season purchase of Chick Gandil. The Senators peeled off an AL record 17 game win streak after Gandil's arrival. Clyde Milan topped the league with 88 steals, Gandil hit at a .305 clip with 81 RBI and Walter Johnson's 33 wins catapulted the Senators to an impressive 91-61 record. Unfortunately, Noyes did not live to see the Senators turn around, having passed away in August. Griffith was rewarded with a seat on the board of directors.

    It was more of the same in 1913. A second consecutive runner up finish, Gandil leading the team in batting at .318 and Milan's 75 swipes again tops in the AL. The story of 1913 was Johnson. An incredible 36-7 mark, a 1.13 ERA, 11 shutouts and a 55.2 consecutive scoreless inning streak established the Big Train as, without a doubt, the best pitcher in all of baseball.

    Hamstrung by the board of directors to improve an anemic offense, Griffith's squad slid to 3rd place in 1914. Gandil's production slipped to .259, prompting Griffith to hit the bushes in search of a replacement. Milan stole only 38 bags, but he led the team with a .295 average, indicative of the club's offensive woes. If not for Johnson's 28 wins, there is no telling how far the Senators would have fallen. An interesting side note to 1914 was the ML debut of Irish Meusel in a Washington uniform. The same Irish Meusel who would, 10 years later for the Giants, inexplicably not throw home as the winning run scored for the Senators in game 7 of the 1924 World Series.

    Falling to 4th despite winning 4 more games than in the year before, the 1915 Senators would debut two key players to the Senator championship teams that would follow a decade later. The first was 1B Joe Judge, who would render Gandil expendable. Judge began his career with a torrid .415 BA, while Sam Rice pitched in 4 games before being converted to the outfield. Judge and Rice would be teammates for 16 seasons, a record not broken until Alan Trammel and Lou Whittaker played 17 seasons together in Detroit.

    The rest of the decade, with the exception of the war shortened season of 1918, found Griffith and the Nats falling below the .500 mark. After a 56-84, 7th place debacle in 1919, many on the board wanted Griffith fired. The feeling was mutual as Griffith privately wished he could fire the entire board and only answer to himself. Since the Silver Fox could not obviously fire the board, he did the next best thing: Find someone favorable to Griffith to buy out the shareholders. Griffith convinced Philadelphia grain merchant William Richardson to purchase a majority ownership in the Senators. The generous Richardson consented to Griffith request that he (Griffith) be allowed to speak for Richardson. In other words the Silver Fox was the man in charge, with Richardson providing most of the money.

    Running the franchise as he saw fit, Griffith returned to the dugout in 1920. Bogged down by administrative duties, scouting trips and other trappings of ownership, Griffith managed only a 68-84, 6th place finish. It did not help that Johnson, his first career no-hitter notwithstanding, was injured most of the year, posting an 8-10, 3.13 ERA ledger. Rice, Judge and Bucky Harris were bright spots, all hitting over .300. Milan hit .322, but the aging 33 year old stole only 10 bases. Realizing he had too much on his plate, Griffith relinquished his managerial duties after the season.

    Senators Birthdays

    Edward James Delahanty B Oct. 30, 1867 D Jul. 2, 1903

    Hall Of Famer Ed Delahanty played 16 seasons, amassing 2596 hits in 1835 games, finishing with a .346 BA.

    However, he seems to be most remembered for his mysterious death on July 2nd of 1903 after being put off a passenger train in Canada, somehow falling to his death in the Niagara River as the train was on its way to Buffalo. His death has been cause for much speculation and conjecture over the ensuing 105 years.

    One of 5 brothers who all played professional baseball, Ed Delahanty's major league career began in late May of 1888 when he first appeared with the Philadelphia franchise, then known as the Quakers. In 74 games in his first season, Delahanty would only hit .228, splitting his time between 2nd base and the outfield. Delehanty would appear in just 56 games in 1889 but would raise his batting average to .293.

    1890 found Delehanty with the Cleveland Infants of the short-lived Players League, playing in 115 games and hitting .296.

    In 1891 Delehanty would be back in a Philadelphia uniform hitting .243 and establishing himself as an outfielder.

    Delehanty would start displaying his hitting prowess in 1892, batting over .300 for the first time. He'd go on to hit over .300 in the next 12 seasons and would hit over .400 3 times-.407 in 1893, .404 in 1894 and .410 in 1899, when he'd lead the National League in hitting.

    After the 1901 season, Delehanty would jump to the American League and the Washington Senators at 34 years of age. Hitting .376 in his first season in Washington, Delehanty would return in 1903 and would have a .333 BA at the time of his death.

    An excellent writeup on the life, career and the events leading up to his untimely death can be found here:

    SABR Ed Delehanty biography by John Saccoman

    Ed Delehanty career record
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  22. #247

    October 31

    Senator Managers

    George McBride, 1921

    Record as Senator manager: 80-73, .523 Pct,

    Teams Managed:
    1921: 80-73 .523 Pct. 4th

    It came as no surprise that Clark Griffith anointed George McBride as his successor in the dugout. During his final seasons as an active player, McBride was Griffith's apprentice, frequently filling in as the acting manager when Griffith was on the road scouting or attending to front office duties.

    The Nats team captain from 1909 until his appointment to the manager's seat, McBride was a classic "good field, no hit" player. During his 13 seasons as Washington's SS, McBride was recognized as the premier glove man in the AL, leading the league in fielding percentage in 1909 and from 1912-1915. Despite a lifetime .218 batting average, McBride had a knack for picking up clutch hits, not unlike another Washington SS to come along 6 decades later, Eddie Brinkman. Due to his defensive prowess, McBride, from 1911-1914, garnered some votes for the Chalmers Award, the forerunner to the MVP, in spite of his light hitting.

    The former shortstop's only season at the helm was marred when McBride suffered a concussion and partial paralysis of his face from an errant throw by Earl Smith prior to a game on July 27. McBride was bedridden for a week and returned to the Senators on August 4. During his absence, Clyde Milan filled in for McBride and had the Nats in the midst of an 11 game winning streak upon McBride's return. While McBride led the Senators to an 80-73 record, dizziness and fainting spells from his head injuries impeded his ability to manage the team.

    By December, McBride's condition had not improved and he delivered his resignation to Griffith. Griffith offered McBride a scouting job, but McBride declined due to his health. McBride would be out of the game until 1925, when Tigers player/manager Ty Cobb offered him a coaching position. McBride would coach for Cobb 2 years before Cobb's release. McBride spent a season coaching in the minors before new Detroit manager Bucky Harris offered him another coaching job before the 1928 season. McBride would serve 2 years under his former player before retiring from baseball after the 1929 season.

    Senators Birthdays

    Edwin Marvin Stroud D Oct. 31, 1939 Still Living

    Outfielder Ed Stroud was signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1963. He'd debut with the White Sox in September of 1966. Playing in 11 games, he'd go 6 for 36 at bat with 2 doubles.

    Starting the 1967 season in Chicago, Stroud would only make it into 20 games before being traded to the Washington Senators for Jim King. Stroud would remain with the Senators through 1970, the 1970 season being his best at the plate when he'd hit .266 in 129 games with 11 doubles, 5 triples and 5 home runs.

    After the 1970 season, Stroud would be dealt back to the White Sox, being traded for Tom McCraw. Stroud would play in just 44 games for the White Sox, his last major league appearance coming in late June of 1971.

    Ed Stroud career record

    Edgar Raymond Treadaway B Oct. 31, 1907 D Oct. 12, 1935

    Senators Short Timer Ray Treadaway would appear in 6 games for the 1930 Senators, playing 3rd base and going 4 for 19 at bat, including 2 doubles.

    Ray Treadaway career record
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  23. #248

    November 1

    Senator Managers

    Clyde Milan, 1922

    Record as Senator manager: 69-85, .448 Pct.

    Teams managed:
    1922, 69-85 .448 Pct. 6th

    Based on his temperament, former Senator great Clyde Milan was ill-suited as a manager. Milan was too much of a nice guy and a chronic worrier to effectively lead a team that had hopes of contending in 1922. Often, many players on the 1922 Senators would take advantage of Milan's passive approach, knowing that Milan would not reprimand them.

    Clark Griffith had high hopes for 1922. Bolstered by the acquisition of SS Roger Peckinpaugh and the emergence of rookie Goose Goslin in spring training, the Nats were expected to finish high in the first division. After an opening day victory over the Yankees, the Nats lost 8 of their next 9 decisions. The Senators bounced back from the sluggish start to climb into 3rd, a game above .500, on June 8. Whatever visions of contending evaporated when the Senators lost 6 of their next 7 games to begin a gradual fall into their final resting place of 6th place at 69-85. It was no shock when Griffith pulled the plug on the easy going Milan after the year.

    Over the course of the season, Milan developed ulcers watching the second worst offense in the AL. The 21 year old Goslin provided a preview of things to come with a .324 average in only 101 games. Peckinpaugh, the best SS in baseball in 1921, hit a disappointing .254. While the offense struggled to put runs on the board, another piece of the 1924 world championship puzzle made his debut in 1922: Ossie Bluege. Bluege did not immediately set the world on fire, hitting .197 in 19 games.

    The pitching staff did what it could. Walter Johnson started 9-3 and pitched 3 straight shutouts in late June, but slipped to 15-16 on the year due to the lack of run support. Former Yankee George Mogridge led the staff with 18 wins, followed by Johnson's and Tom Zachary's 15 victories. The other two starters, Ray Francis and Eric Erickson, were found wanting, losing 18 and 12 games, respectively.

    After his dismissal, Milan would serve as player-manager for New Haven in 1924 and with Memphis in 1925 and 1926. Milan would return to D.C. in 1928 as one of Walter Johnson's coaches for two seasons before managing Birmingham from 1930-1935. Griffith, forever loyal to his former players, lured Milan back first as a scout in 1937 and then as a Senator coach from 1938-1952. On March 3, 1953, Milan had a fatal heart after hitting fungoes in morning and afternoon workouts in humid temperatures. Clyde "Deerfoot" Milan was 65.

    Senators Birthdays

    Albert Earl (Jerry) Akers B Nov. 1, 1887 D May 15, 1979

    Senators Short Timer Jerry Akers spent 3 weeks on the Washington roster in May of 1912. Pitching 20 & 1/3rd innings in 5 games, Akers would post a 1-1 record with a 4.87 ERA.

    "Jerry" Akers career record

    Russell Paul Kemmerer B Nov. 1, 1931 Still Living

    Another pitcher, Russ Kemerer was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 1951. He'd make his major league debut in late June of 1954 and would compile a 5-3 record with a 3.82 ERA in his first season in the majors.

    Kemmerer would only pitch in 7 games for the Red Sox in 1955, compiling a 1-1 record, his ERA swelling to 7.27. Kemmerer would not play in the majors in 1956 but would return with the Red Sox in 1957.

    After pitching in 1 game, 4 innings, Kemmerer would be traded in late April, along with Milt Bolling and Faye Throneberry to the Washington Senators for Bob Chakales and Dean Stone. Kemmerer would finish the 1957 season in a Washington uniform, appearing in 39 games, posting a 7-11 record.

    Kemmerer would remain in Washington through early 1960 when he'd be purchased by the Chicago White Sox in mid-May. Kemmerer would remain with the White Sox through late May of 1962 when he'd be traded to the expansion Houston Colt 45's, coincidentally crossing paths with Dean Stone once again, as Stone was the player he was traded for.

    Kemmerer would pitch in 36 games for Houston in 1962 and another 17 in 1963, making his last major league appearance in late June of 1963, 1 year and 1 day after being traded to Houston.

    Russ Kemmerer career record
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  24. #249

    November 2

    Hall of Famers that played in Washington

    Washington has their share of players in the Hall of Fame who achieved their fame as Senators. Walter Johnson, Goose Goslin, Clark Griffith, Bucky Harris and Sam Rice are enshrined in Cooperstown as Senators. Hopefully, Mickey Vernon can join them in December. But, many other Hall of Famers who made their mark elsewhere have played in Senator uniforms. Below are some greats who passed through Washington.

    Stan Coveleski, RHP, 1925-1927

    Shoring up their pitching staff, the defending world champion Senators acquired Covelski from Cleveland for Carr Smith and By Speece in December, 1924. Winner of 20 or more games in 9 seasons with Cleveland, Coveleski perfectly complimented Walter Johnson in 1925, going 20-5 with a 2.84 ERA for the 1925 AL champions. Coveleski would lose games 2 and 5 of the 1925 World Series against Pittsburgh. In 1926, Coveleski would slip to 14-11 with a rising ERA of 3.12. Coveleski would be released in June of 1927 after appearing in only 5 games for the Nats. Signed by the Yankees in the offseason, Covelski would pitch the final 12 games of his career in 1928.

    Tris Speaker, OF, 1927

    Spurned in his efforts to sign Ty Cobb, Clark Griffith "settled" for Tris Speaker. The "Grey Eagle" had 20 seasons under his belt, starring for the Red Sox for 9 seasons before being traded to Cleveland in 1916, where he starred as a player-manager. In 141 games in his only year in a Senator uniform, Speaker hit .327 with 2 HR and 73 RBI, "below average" numbers by Speaker's standards. Speaker would conclude his career in 1928 with the A's, along side his friend Cobb.

    Speaker did leave a lasting impact on Washington baseball. While Speaker's exploits with the bat were splendid, his evaluations of players left something to be desired, particularly his opinion of Buddy Myer. The Eagle felt Myer would never amount to much of a player and Griffith was convinced by Speaker to trade Myer to Boston for Topper Rigney. Griffith would later state that the trade of Myer was the worst deal he ever made. Griffith would have to pay a ransom to reacquire Myer two years later.

    George Sisler, 1B, 1928

    Purchased for $25,000 from the cash strapped Browns, Sisler's stay in the nations capital was brief. Sisler, the holder of the single season record for hits until 2004, got out of the gate slow, hitting .245 in 20 games for Washington. Griffith, feeling Sisler was on the downside of his career, quickly sold the brilliant first sacker to the Braves for $7,500 on May 27. Sisler had plenty of gas left in the tank, hitting .340 for Boston the rest of the season, Following seasons of .326 and .309 with the Braves, Sisler hung up his spikes after the 1930 season.

    Al Simmons, OF, 1937-1938

    "Bucketfoot" Al Simmons would have the final productive seasons of his Hall of Fame career with the Senators. The slugging outfielder had trouble adjusting to cavernous Griffith Stadium in 1937, hitting just 8 home runs and 84 RBI, a far cry from his salad days with the A's in the 1920's and early 1930's. In 1938, Simmons bounced back with 21 homers, 95 RBI to go along with a .302 average. In December, 1938, Simmons would be sold to the Boston Bees for $3,000. Sadly, in a case of a player hanging on for too long, Simmons would play the final 5 years of his career as sparingly used role player for the Bees, Reds, Red Sox and back with the A's, never reaching double digits in home runs again.

    Early Wynn, LHP, 1939-1944, 1946-1948

    Making his ML debut 13 days after Mickey Vernon in 1939, the 19 year old Early Wynn was roughed around to the tune of a 5.75 ERA in 3 games. After a few more years of seasoning in the minors, Wynn would become a mainstay in the Senators rotation from 1942 until 1948, with the exception of his military service in 1945. Not yet able to harness his control, Wynn would drop 16 decisions with an ERA over 5 in 1942, before an 18-12 showing the following season. In 1944, Wynn would again walk more than he would strike out, losing 17 games against 8 wins. By 1947, Wynn, still plagued by wildness, would walk 90 and strike out 73, but he would complete the season at 17-15. Now 28, Wynn would regress again in 1948, going 8-19 with an atrocious 5.82 ERA.

    So, it was understandable that the Senators, tired of Wynn's bouts of wildness and inconsistency, looked to unload him. To the outrage of Nats fans, Wynn was traded to Cleveland, along with Vernon, for P Ed Klieman, P Joe Haynes and 1B Eddie Robinson. Mind you, the fans weren't furious with losing Wynn, they were furious with the trading of Vernon. Vernon would eventually return to D.C., while Wynn would flower in Cleveland. The competitive Wynn would go on to become an 8-time All Star and a 5-time 20 game winner with Cleveland and the White Sox. Wynn would wrap up his career in 1963 with a 300-244 W/L record and a lifetime 3.77 ERA, earning his ticket to Cooperstown.

    Lefty Gomez, LHP, 1943

    Gomez appeared in 368 lifetime big league games, 367 of which were with the Yankees. The Yankees sold the rapidly aging, former 7-time All Star to the Boston Braves before 1943. Gomez would not appear in any games for the Braves and was released on May 19. Two days later, the Senators signed their former nemesis. On May 30, 1943, Gomez made his first and only appearance as a Nat. Starting against Chicago, the ex-Yankee great pitched 4.2 innings, walked 5, struck out none and gave up 5 runs, in getting tagged with the loss. It would turn out to be the final big league game for the 34 year old Hall of Famer.

    Senators Birthdays

    Elon Chester (Chief) Hogsett B Nov. 2, 1903 D Jul. 17, 2001

    Chief Hogsett arrived in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers in mid-September of 1929 as a 25 year old rookie. A pitcher, Hogsett would appear in 4 games, posting a 1-2 record with a 2.83 ERA.

    Hogsett would remain in Detroit through late April of 1936, Hogsett would have his best season in 1932 when he'd go 11-9 with a 3.54 ERA. While in Detroit, Hogsett would appear in the World Series of 1934, when the Tigers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals and 1935, when the Tigers defeated the Chicago Cubs.

    In late April of 1936 Hogsett would be traded to the St. Louis Browns where he'd post records of 13-15 in 1936 and 6-19 in 1937.

    After the 1937 season, Hogsett would be traded to the Washington Senators. He'd play 1 season in Washington, 1938, going 5-6 with a 6.03 ERA.

    Hogsett would be purchased by the Boston Red Sox after the 1938 season but would not play for them. Spending time in Minneapolis of the American Association, Hogsett would also be drafted by the Philadelphia Athletics but would not play for them either.

    Hogsett would return to the majors in 1944 for 3 games, being released in early June.

    SABR biography of "Chief" Hogsett by Rory Costello

    "Chief" Hogsett career record

    Burton Elwood Keeley B Nov. 2, 1879 D May 3, 1952

    Senators Short Timer Burt Keeley would pitch in a grand total of 30 games over 2 seasons in Washington. Arriving in the majors as a 28 year old rookie in 1908, Keeley would post a 6-11 record with a 2.97 ERA in 28 games.

    1909 would see Keeley in just 2 games, his ERA expanding to 11.57. He'd make his last major league appearance in mid-May.

    Burt Keeley career record

    Thomas Raymond McBride B Nov. 2, 1914 D Dec. 26, 2001

    Another "late blooming" rookie, Tom Mc Bride arrived on the major league scene at 28 years of age in 1943. Playing in the outfield for the Boston Red Sox, McBride would make it into 26 games his first season, hitting .240. In 1945 he'd appear in an even 100 games, hitting .305. His playing time would be reduced to 61 games in 1946, however he'd still manage to hit .301. McBride would go a disappointing 2 for 12 in 5 games of the 1946 World Series as the Red Sox lost to the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Starting the 1947 season in Boston, McBride would make it into only 2 games before being sold to the Washington Senators in mid-May. He'd play in 56 games for Washington, hitting .271. He'd hit .257 in 92 games in 1948, playing in his last game in late September.

    Tom McBride career record

    Floyd Robert Ross B Nov. 2, 1928 Still Living

    Another Senators Short Timer, pitcher Bob Ross was originally signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945. Drafted by the Senators, Ross would debut in mid-June of 1950. In 6 games he'd go 0-1 with a 8.53 ERA. He'd return in 1951 to post an identical 0-1 record in 11 games with a 6.54 ERA.

    Purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1955, Ross would return to the majors for 1 last shot in 1956. In 3 games for the Phillies, Ross would pitch in 3 & 13/rd innings, appearing in his last game in early May.

    Bob Ross career record

    John Paul Sullivan B Nov. 2, 1920 [B]D/B] Sep. 20, 2007

    Shortstop John Sullivan made his major league debut in early May of 1942 with the Washington Senators. He'd play for the Senators from 1942 through 1944, hitting .251 in 138 games in 1944.

    Sullivan would not appear in the majors in 1945 or 1946 but would return to the Senators in 1947 hitting .256 in 49 games. In 1948 he'd appear in 85 games but his BA would drop to .205.

    Traded to the St. Louis Browns after the 1948 season, along with Tom Ferrick and $25,000 for Sam Dente, Sullivan would play his last season for the Browns in 1949 ppearing in 105 games, hitting .226.

    John Sullivan career record

    Otto George Williams B Nov 2, 1877 D Mar. 19, 1937

    Infielder Otto Williams got his start in the majors in October of 1902 with the St. Louis Cardinals. Appearing in 2 games at the end of the season, Williams would be back in a Cardinal uniform in 1903, playing in 53 games, hitting .203.

    In July of the '03 season, Williams would be purchased by the Chicago Cubs, playing in 38 games, hitting .223. Williams would play in 57 games with the Cubs in 1904, hitting an even .200.

    Out of the major leagues in 1905, Williams would return with the 1906 Senators, playing in 20 games but hitting a paltry .137, his last game coming in early June of that season.

    Otto Williams career record
    Last edited by Aa3rt; 11-04-2008 at 10:39 AM.

  25. #250

    November 3

    1970 For the second time in less than a month, Bob Short makes another controversial trade. Short deals 3 minor leaguers, Greg Goossen, Gene Martin and Jeff Terpko, to the Phillies for the right to negotiate with former Cardinals star OF Curt Flood. Flood had sat out 1970 after refusing to report to Philadelphia following his trade from St. Louis. To ensure that Flood would sign with Washington, Short convinced commissioner Bowie Kuhn to agree to a clause in Flood's contract which stated that Flood's legal challenge to the reserve clause would not be "prejudiced". Flood would sign a 1 year, $110,000 deal with the Senators, which included a verbal no-trade clause by Short which guaranteed Flood's salary. Short also assured Flood in private that Flood would be granted free agency after the season if the Senators and Flood could not reach terms for a 1972 contract. All of Short's maneuverings would be for naught. Flood, his skills eroded, would sport a .200 average in just 13 games in Washington before bolting the team on April 26 for Spain.

    Senators Birthdays

    After 6 deliveries yesterday, the stork gets a well deserved day off. There are no Senators birthdays to report on November 3rd.
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