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  1. #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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  2. #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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  3. #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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  4. #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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  5. #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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  6. #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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  7. #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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  8. #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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  9. #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
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  10. #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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  11. #251
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    November 4

    Senators Birthdays

    For the second day in a row, the stork is relegated to the bench as there are no Senators birthdays to report on November 4th.

    Fear not, faithful readers! This is only a temporary slump as tomorrow will be another busy day in the Senators delivery room!
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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.

  12. #252

    November 5

    1914 The law prohibiting Sunday baseball in Washington remains intact when the Court of Appeals upholds the ban.

    1940 Republican candidate Walter Johnson of Maryland is defeated in his bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Some of the worst trades are the ones you don't make.

    Every franchise has missed on acquiring players that turned out to be stars, i.e. Pittsburgh passing up on Walter Johnson and the Browns not signing Mickey Vernon. But, it is doubtful that any franchise has ever missed out on so many stars and future Hall of Famers in such a short period of time as the Senators from 1968-1969. Here is a list of the known trade proposals that owner-GM Bob Short turned down.

    After the 1968 season, Atlanta offered the Senators C Joe Torre, thought to washed up at 27, for 1B Mike Epstein and C Raul Casanova. Short said no. Atlanta dealt Torre to St.Louis, where the future manager became a 5-time All Star and 1971 NL MVP.

    Oakland owner Charlie Finley wanted Epstein at all costs at the 1969 winter meetings. So desperate was Finley for Epstein, he offered "Catfish" Jim Hunter straight up for the Nats first sacker. A crafty GM would have seen if the desperate Finley would have been willing to include more (Reggie Jackson?) before accepting just Hunter. But, craftiness was not part of ol' Bob's repertoire, at least when it came to baseball personnel, and Hunter went on to the Hall of Fame. Finley eventually got his wish, acquiring Epstein and relief ace Darold Knowles for 1B Don Mincher, P Paul Lindblad, OF Frank Fernandez and $300,000 in June 1970. Yes, the miserly Finley gave Short $300,000.

    During those same winter meetings in 1969, the Mets, looking to fill their perennial void at 3B, had their sights set on Ken McMullen. Short was given a choice of two young pitchers: Tug McGraw and a wild, flame thrower by the name of Nolan Ryan. Short said nay to both options. McGraw would go on to become a premier reliever for 15 seasons with the Mets and Philadelphia. Ryan? He would pitch another 24 years before the "Ryan Express" made its final stop in Cooperstown.

    That same 1969-1970 offseason, Calvin Griffith came calling. The Minnesota owner was interested in Senators slugging prospect Brant Alyea. Griffith offered unknown 24 year old infielder Graig Nettles for Alyea. Short, not wanting to be distracted from how much he was planning to raise ticket prices, passed on the offer.

    Senators Birthdays

    Making up for the lull in activity the last 2 days, there are 6 birthdays to report for November 5th. As always, in alphabetical order, we present the following...

    John Craig (Sonny) Dixon B Nov. 5, 1924 Still Living

    Signed by the Washington Senators in 1941, it would be 12 seasons before pitcher Sonny Dixon arrived on the major league scene. Making his debut as a 28 year old rookie, Dixon's first season in the bigs would see him post a 5-8 record with a 3.75 ERA, pitching in 43 games for the Senators.

    Returning with the Senators in 1954, Dixon would pitch in 16 games for the Senators, going 1-2 before being traded to the Chicago White Sox for Gus Keriazakos in mid-June.

    Dixon would never suit up for the White Sox, being traded again on the same day to the Philadelphia Athletics. He'd finish the '54 season in Philadelphia going 5-7 for the A's in their final season in Philly. The Athletics would head west to Kansas City for the 1955 season and Dixon would tag along but would only appear in 2 games in a KC uniform, pitching in 1 & 2/3rds of an inning, his ERA swelling to 16.20.

    Dixon would not pitch for the Athletics in 1955 but would be traded 1 last time in mid-May to the New York Yankees.

    3 games in a Yankees uniform late in the 1956 season would mark the end of Dixon's major league career.

    "Sonny" Dixon career record

    Charles William (Carl) Fischer B Nov. 5, 1905 D Dec. 10, 1963

    Another pitcher, Carl Fischer would first appear with the Senators in mid-July of 1930. Pitching in 8 games in his first season, Fischer would go 1-1 with a 4.86 ERA.

    With the Senators in 1931, Fischer would pitch in 46 games, going 13-9. In 1932 he'd post a 3-2 record in 12 games before being traded to the St. Louis Browns in mid-June for Dick Coffman. He'd finish the 1932 season in a Browns uniform, going 3-7 in 24 games.

    After the season, Fischer would be traded back to the Senators for, guess who, Dick Coffman. However Fischer wouldn't stay on the Senators roster long-the very next day he was traded along with Firpo Marberry, to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Earl Whitehill.

    Fischer would go 11-15 for the Tigers in in 1933 and 3-6 in 1934. After 3 games in 1935, where he'd post an 0-1 record, Fischer would be purchased by the Chicago White Sox in mid-May. He'd go 4-5 for the remainder of the season.

    1936 would not see Fischer in the majors but he'd return in 1937 with the Cleveland Indians. After just 2 games in an Indians uniform, where he would accumulate a 27.00 ERA, Fischer was placed on waivers and claimed by the Washington Senators. He'd appear in 17 games for the Senators, going 4-5 with a 4.38 ERA, making his last major league appearance in early July of '37. He'd be purchased by the Baltimore Orioles, then of the International League, and would not return to major league play.

    "Carl" Fischer career record

    Harry Hardy B Nov. 5, 1875 D Sep. 4, 1943

    Senators Short Timer Harry Hardy would pitch in 8 games for the Senators in 1905 & 1906. Debuting as a 29 year old rookie in late September of 1905, Hardy would go 1-1 in 3 games with a 1.88 ERA.

    In 1906, Hardy would pitch in another 5 games, going 0-3 with his ERA climbing to an even 9.00. He'd make his last major league appearance in late September of 1906, exactly 1 year to the day of his major league debut.

    Harry Hardy career record

    Rogelio Martinez B Nov. 5, 1918 D May 24, 2010

    Senators Short Timer Rogelio Martinez, another member of the oft-mentioned Cuban Connection, spent 4 days on the Senators roster in mid-July of 1950. Pitching in 2 games, Martinez would end his short stint with the Senators with an 0-1 record and a 27.00 ERA.

    Rogelio Martinez career record

    Orlin Woodrow (Buck) Rogers B Nov. 5, 1912 D Feb. 20, 1999

    Single Season Senator Buck Rogers pitched 10 innings in 2 games for the 1935 Senators, going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA.

    "Buck" Rogers career record

    Richard Alan Scheinblum B Nov. 5, 1942 Still Living

    Outfielder Richie Scheinblum got his start in the majors by signing with the Cleveland Indians in 1964. He'd make brief appearances with the Indians, playing in 4 games in 1965, 18 games in 1967 and 19 games in 1968 before making it into 102 games in 1969, hitting .186.

    Scheinblum would not play in the majors in 1970 and would be purchased by the Senators in the off-season.

    Appearing in 27 games for the Senators in 1971, their last year in Washington, Scheinblum would go 7 for 49 with 3 doubles.

    After the franchise shifted operations to Texas, Scheinblum would be purchased by the Kansas City Royals. Scheinblum would have possibly his best season in 1972, playing in 134 games for the Royals, hitting an even .300 with 21 doubles, 4 triples and 8 home runs and would represent the Royals in the All Star Game.

    Traded to the Cincinnati Reds for the 1973 season, Scheinblum would play in just 29 games for Cincy before he was traded again, this time to the California Angels, where he'd finish the season hitting .328 in 77 games.

    1974 would see Scheinblum on the roster of the California Angels, Kansas City Royals for a second time, finally finishing the season, and his major league career by appearing in 6 games for the St. Louis Cardinals, his last game coming in late September.

    Richie Scheinblum career record
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  13. #253

    November 6

    Happy Birthday, Walter Johnson!

    Walter Perry Johnson B: Nov. 6, 1887 D: Dec. 10, 1946

    "The first time I faced him, I watched him take that easy windup. And then something went past me that made me flinch. The thing just hissed with danger. We couldn't touch him... every one of us knew we'd met the most powerful arm ever turned loose in a ball park." - Ty Cobb

    Born on a farm in Allan County, KS, Walter Johnson did not start playing baseball regularly until the age of 16. It was soon evident that the teenage Johnson, playing against adults in a CA semipro league, had a innate gift for pitching. As Johnson said, "From the first time I held a ball," he explained, "it settled in the palm of my right hand as though it belonged there and, when I threw it, ball, hand and wrist, and arm and shoulder and back seemed to all work together."

    In 1906, after being released following one exhibition start for Tacoma of the Northwestern League, Johnson landed in Weiser, ID. Pitching in the semi-pro Southern Idaho League, Johnson went 7-1 for Weiser. On his way to a 14-2 mark the following season, Senators manager Joe Cantillon received glowing reports about Johnson from a traveling salesman. Cantillon dispatched injured reserve C Cliff Blankenship to Weiser to scout Johnson. Despite Blankenship's' protestations to Cantillon about going on a "wild goose chase" to see a "punk pitcher", Blankenship was soon enthralled by Johnson. After being promised a train ticket from Washington to his home in California in case he failed in the majors, Johnson signed with the Senators.

    The train ticket to California was never used. Johnson's highly anticipated debut occurred on August 2, 1907 against Detroit. Johnson was on the losing end of the 3-2 decision, pitching 8 innings, but the tall, lean 19 year old lived up to the hype. "The best raw pitcher I have ever seen," said Tiger hurler Bill Donovan after the contest. Johnson's fastball turned heads in baseball while he posted a deceptive 5-8, 1.88 ERA in 12 games for the woeful Nats of 1907.

    Johnson put his name on the national map thanks to a remarkable weekend in September, 1908. With Cantillon carrying only 3 pitchers on a road trip to New York, Johnson started 3 games in a 4 day stretch, recording an unfathomable 3 shutouts in those 3 games. Overall, Johnson improved to 14-14 with a 1.65 ERA in 36 games.

    The Big Train had a setback in 1909 with 25 losses, but in 1910, Johnson began his ascent to immortality. Starting a string of 10 twenty win seasons in 1910, Johnson posted 25 wins and recorded a career high 313 strikeouts. Following another 25 win year in 1911, Johnson stormed to a 33-12 record with a minuscule 1.39 ERA, finishing 3rd in the Chalmers Award (MVP) balloting. To prove his 33 win, 1912 season was no fluke, Johnson had his greatest year in 1913, going 36-7 with a 1.14 ERA, the 6th lowest ERA total in major league history. For his efforts, the Big Train copped the Chalmers award, edging Boston's "Smokey" Joe Wood.

    The rest of the 1910's would feature Johnson keeping Washington respectable in the standings. But, Johnson, regarded as the best pitcher in baseball at this time, still lacked the one thing he wanted the most: A World Series championship. The championship appeared far out of reach when the 32 year old Johnson had arm woes in 1920, snapping his string of 20 win seasons. Johnson bounced back to win 17, 15 and 17 in 1921, 1922 and 1923, low totals by the Big Train's standards.By 1924, the Senators were on their 4th manager in 4 seasons with Bucky Harris and Johnson was planning to make 1924 his farewell year.

    Something funny happened on Johnson's farewell tour. The Senators had an actual chance to win the pennant. A rejuvenated Johnson responded with a 23-7 mark as the Nats finally landed in the World Series. Johnson led the league in wins, strikeouts, ERA and shutouts in collecting his second MVP award. The Big Train lost games 1 and 5 to the Giants, but 4 scoreless relief innings in the dramatic game 7 gave Johnson his long overdue championship.

    When a purchase of a Pacific Coast League franchise fell through following 1924, Johnson returned for his 19th season in 1925. The Nats lapped the field in the AL by 8 games and Johnson notched a 20-7 record, while compiling a .433 batting average, a record for pitchers. Johnson was dominant in game 1 of the World Series against the Pirates, striking out 10 in a 4-1 win and shutting out Pittsburgh 4-0 in game 4. A second consecutive championship was not in the cards with the Pirates coming back from a 3-1 Series deficit to win in 7 games.

    After the 1927 season, Johnson hung up his spikes. He became a member of the first class inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. Here are some of the numbers posted by Johnson in his illustrious 20 year career:

    417 wins

    3,509 strikeouts

    110 shutouts

    12 twenty win seasons, including 10 in a row from 1910-1919

    2 thirty win seasons, 33 in 1912 and 36 in 1913

    11 seasons with an ERA below 2.00

    531 complete games in 666 career starts

    55.2 consecutive scoreless innings pitched in 1913

    Walter Johnson bio at SABR. ORG:

    SABR Walter Johnson biography by Charles Carey

    Walter Johnson career record

    Other Senators birthdays on November 6th

    Two other Senators players share a November 6th birthday with Walter Johnson:

    David Tilden Altizer B Nov. 6, 1876 D May 14, 1964

    Dave Altizer made his major league debut with the Senators as a 29 year old rookie in late May of 1906. Over the span of 2 and 1/2 seasons, Altizer would play all infield positions as well as in the outfield for Washington. He'd appear in 115 games in his rookie season, stroking 111 hits including 9 doubles, 5 triples and a lone home run, good for a .256 BA.

    In 1907 Altizer would play in 147 games for Washington, hitting .269. After 67 games in 1908, when his BA would drop to .224, Altizer would be sold to the Cleveland Naps in late July. Finishing the 1908 season in Cleveland, Altizer would play in 29 games, hitting .213.

    Sold again, this time to the Chicago White Sox, Altizer would play in 116 games for the White Sox. He'd finish his major league career with the Cincinnati Reds, playing in only 3 games in 1910 and 37 games in 1911, his last game coming in mid-July.

    Dave Altizer career record

    Robert Willis Repass B Nov. 6, 1917 D Jan. 16, 2006

    Infielder Bob Repass made his major league debut in mid-September of 1939 with the St. Louis Cardinals. Playing 2nd base, Repass would make it into 3 games going 2 for 6 at the plate.

    Repass would not see major league action again until 1942-drafted by the Senators after the 1941 season, Repass would play in 81 games at 2nd & 3rd base and shortstop, hitting .239 with 11 doubles, 1 triple and 2 home runs, his last game coming in mid-August.

    Bob Repass career record
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  14. #254

    November 7

    Senator Managers

    Donie Bush, 1923

    Record as Senator Manager: 75-78, .490 Pct.

    Teams managed:
    1923: 75-78 .490 4th

    Based on their 7th place showing in 1922, little optimism greeted the 1923 edition of the Washington Senators with former Tigers SS Donie Bush at the helm. With the offseason acquisition of C Muddy Ruel and late season call up of P Firpo Marberry, not a single fan knew they would represent the final pieces of the World Championship puzzle. Only problem was, it was still 1923.

    For the first 3 and half months of 1923, the Senators looked more like the 7th place club of 1922 than a future championship team. The main blow was Walter Johnson injuring his knee on May 19 at Chicago which adversely hampered the Big Guy's effectiveness until September. On July 19, the Senators found themselves mired in 7th place with a 34-49 record. The fiery Bush, in his maiden season as a manager at any level, must have wondered what he got himself into by accepting the Nats managerial job.

    Just as the Nats appeared on their way to another second division finish, the team quickly righted the ship. With Ruel, 1B Joe Judge, and outfielders Nemo Leibold, Goose Goslin and Sam Rice batting over .300 for the year, the Senators finished out the year on a 41-29 run for an overall 75-78, 4th place finish. Bush installed rookie Ossie Bluege at 3B and the 22 year old showed promise with 42 RBI in 109 games. The outlook for 1924 was brightened even more by a strong finish from Johnson, who went 17-12, the relief performance of spitballer Allan Russell and the 11 game appearance of rookie Marberry, who compiled a 4-0, 2.84 ERA ledger.

    The general consensus in baseball circles on Bush was that he did a remarkable job in getting the Nats off the mat with the strong finish. No doubt had Johnson not been injured, observers agreed, Washington would have finished over .500. But Clark Griffith was not pleased. Never seeing eye to eye with Bush, Griffith showed Bush the door. Griffith would be ridiculed for his next choice as his manager: Bucky Harris

    Bush deserved a better fate, but leaving Washington was not the end of the line for Bush. In some ways, it was only the beginning. After managing in the minors for 3 seasons, Bush would lead the Pirates into the 1927 World Series against the "Murderers Row" Yankees of Ruth and Gehrig. Bush expected his players, stars included, to play hard at all times and Bush backed what he demanded. When Pirates star Kiki Cuyler failed to slide to break up a double play in August of that year, Bush benched Cuyler for the rest of the regular season and the World Series. After 1929, Bush was dismissed as Pittsburgh's skipper and landed back in the AL with the White Sox. He would manage Chicago in 1930 and 1931, with his stint punctuated with numerous confrontations with future Senator Art Shires. His last big league managerial stint came for one season in Cincinnati in 1933.

    But Bush's biggest contribution to baseball occurred in 1938 while managing the minor league Minneapolis Millers. On his roster that year was a brash youngster who needed more refinement before being called up to the majors. Under Bush's tutelage, the youngster improved his batting average by 75 points and became a more well rounded ballplayer. That youngster was Ted Williams, who commented after Bush's passing in 1972, "I've been in the game for 36 years and nobody has any closer affection to my heart than Ownie."

    Senators Birthdays

    Herbert Bryan Crompton B Nov. 7, 1911 D Aug. 5, 1963

    Senators Short Timer Herb Crompton would debut in a Washington uniform in late April of 1937. Playing in just 2 games for the Senators, Crompton would go 1 for 3 at bat.

    Returning to the majors in 1945 with the New York Yankees, Crompton would appear in 36 games, hitting .192, playing in his last major league game in mid-September.

    Herb Crompton career record

    James Lee Kaat B Nov. 7, 1938 Still Living

    Jim Kaat played 25 years in the major leagues, pitching in 898 games for 6 different teams.

    He'd make his major league debut with the original Washington Senators in August of 1959, going 0-2 in 3 games with a 12.60 ERA. He would appear in 13 games for Washington in 1960, going 1-5, although he'd drop his ERA to 5.58.

    After the original franchise shifted to the Twin Cities for the 1961 season, Kaat would respond favorably to the change in scenery. He'd be a mainstay in the Minnesota Twins pitching staff from 1961 through August of 1973. Kaat would find his best success in Minnesota, being named to the All Star Teams of 1962 and 1966 and would lead the American League in wins with 25, also in 1966. He'd post an 18-11 record for the pennant winners in 1965 but would go 1-2 against the World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers, with a 3.77 ERA over 14 & 1/3 rd innings. Kaat would go 0-1 in the league championship series of 1970 against the Baltimore Orioles.

    Released by the Twins in mid-August of 1973, Kaat would be selected off waivers by the Chicago White Sox. He'd show that he could still pitch, finishing the 1973 season in Chicago with a 4-1 record. He'd go 21-13 in 1974 and 20-14 in 1975 with the White Sox and would be selected to the All Star Team one more time in 1975.

    Traded to the Philadelphia Phillies after the 1975 season, Kaat would play in Philadelphia for the next 3 seasons, including appearing in the league championship series against the Cincinnati Reds in 1976.

    After 3 games with the Phillies in 1979, Kaat would be purchased by the New York Yankees, where he would appear in 40 games, posting a 2-3 record.

    Kaat would start the 1980 season in New York but would be purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals in late April. Finishing the 1980 season in St. Louis, Kaat would post an 8-7 record. He'd remain with the Cards in 1981 and 1982, appearing in the '82 World Series against the Milwaukee Brewers and finally getting a coveted World Series Ring.

    After pitching in 24 games in 1983, Kaat would be released by the Cardinals in early July. He'd finish his career with a 283-237 record and a lifetime ERA of 3.45.

    Remembered as a great fielding pitcher, Kaat won 16 Gold Gloves and was named The Sporting News American League "Pitcher Of The Year" in 1966.

    Jim Kaat career record

    Alan Cochrane Strange B Nov. 7, 1906 D Jun. 27, 1994

    Another Senators Short Timer, shortstop Alan Strange played in 314 major league games, with only 20 of those in a Senators uniform. Making his major league debut with the 1934 St. Louis Browns, Strange would appear in 127 games, hitting .237. Strange would return to play in 49 games with the Brownies in 1935 before being traded in late June to the Senators for Lyn Lary.

    For the Senators, Strange would play in just 20 games where he only managed to hit .185.

    Disappearing from the Senators roster, and the major leagues, Strange would bounce around the minors until he was picked up again by the St. Louis Browns for the 1940 season. Sparingly used, Strange would remain with the Browns through 1942, his last major league game coming in mid-August of that year.

    Alan Strange career record
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  15. #255

    November 8

    1955 In a nine player swap that ultimately helps neither team in the long run, the Nats ship veterans Mickey Vernon, Bob Porterfield, Johnny Schmitz and Tom Umphett to Boston for youngsters Truman "Tex" Clevenger, Dick Bradowski, Al Curtis, Neil Chrisley and Karl Olson. For Vernon, it is the second time Washington trades the fan favorite. Vernon will have one final solid season with the Red Sox, garnering some MVP votes, before winding down his great career. Porterfield, former 22 game winner for Washington in 1954, would be out of baseball by 1960 and pitcher Schmitz and OF Umphett's final seasons are in 1957. For the Senators, Clevenger's 5 seasons in the Washington bullpen qualifies him as the best player the Sens received in this trade. Brodowski would appear in a grand total of 13 games over 2 seasons in Washington, 13 more than fellow hurler Curtis, who never reaches the majors. OF's Olson and Chrisley rounded out the disappointing haul. Olson would be a reserve for one year, batting .246 with 22 RBI before being peddled off to Detroit in early 1958, while Chrisley played parts of 2 seasons in D.C., hitting a robust .215 in a part time role in 1958.

    Senators Birthdays

    Only one birthday to report this November 8th, but it is the birthday of the player/manager who guided the Senators to their only World Series Championship.

    Stanley Raymond (Bucky) Harris B Nov. 8, 1896 D Nov. 8, 1977

    Hall Of Famer Bucky Harris came to the Washington Senators in a trade with the Buffalo Bisons of the International League in late August of 1919. Playing in 8 games in his first major league season, Harris would hit .214.

    Returning with the Senators in 1920, Harris would play 2nd base in 136 games and hit an even .300, his only season that he managed to reach the .300 mark.

    Harris would anchor the Senators infield, playing in 140 games or more from 1921 through 1927.

    Elevated to the role of player/manager in 1924 after the departure of Donie Bush (covered yesterday) the 27 year old Harris would guide the Senators to their first American League pennant and their only World Series victory. The following year, the Senators would again capture the American League pennant but would lose the World Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 7 games.

    As a player, Harris would go 11 for 33, good for a .333 BA in the 1924 World Series, with 2 home runs, 7 RBI's and 5 runs scored. Unfortunately he'd slip to a woeful .087 in 1925, going just 2 for 23 at the plate.

    Harris would remain at the helm of the Senators through 1928 with the team finishing in 4th place in 1926, 3rd in 1927 and 4th again in 1928.

    As a player, Harris would lead the American League in being hit by pitches from 1920 through 1922 (Ouch!) and sacrifice hits in 1924, 1925 and 1927.

    After the 1928 season, Harris would be traded to the Detroit Tigers for Jack Warner. Harris would manage the Tigers from 1929 through 1933 and would play in 14 games in 1929 and 9 games in 1931. During his tenure as manager, the Tigers would never finish better than 5th.

    1934 would find Harris managing the Boston Red Sox. The team would finish with a 76-76 record in 4th place.

    Harris would return to Washington in 1935, serving as manager through 1942. During this reign, the best the Senators would do was a 4th place finish in 1936.

    Harris would manage the Philadelphia Phillies in 1943, being fired with the team at 38-52, in 7th place in the National League.

    In 1947, at the ripe old age of 50, Harris would be given the chance to manage again, this time with the New York Yankees. Harris would guide the Yankees to a 97-57 first place finish and a World Series victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1948, the Yankees would finish at 94-60, but that would be enough to drop them to 3rd place as the Cleveland Indians captured the American League pennant and the World Series crown.

    1950 would find Harris in familiar surroundings-he'd be back in Washington for his 3rd go-round as Senators manager. Harris would manage the Senators from 1950 to 1954-unfortunately the best his teams would do would be to finish in 5th place in 1950, 1952 & 1953.

    After the 1954 season, Harris was headed back to another familiar haunt, Detroit, where he'd guide the Tigers to 5th place finishes in 1955 & 1956, ending his managing career.

    Bucky Harris biography at Baseball Library

    "Bucky" Harris career record
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  16. #256

    November 9

    Senators Award winners

    American League Most Valuable Player
    1913 P Walter Johnson 36-7, 1.14 ERA (MVP Award was then known as the Chalmers Award)
    1924 P Walter Johnson 23-7, 2.72 ERA
    1925 SS Roger Peckinpaugh .294 AVG, 4 HR, 64 RBI

    American League Rookie of the Year

    1958 OF Albie Pearson .275 AVG, 3 HR, 33 RBI
    1959 OF Bob Allison .261 AVG, 30 HR, 85 RBI

    Pitching Triple Crown (Leader in wins, ERA and strikeouts)
    1913 Walter Johnson 36-7, 1.14 ERA, 243 SO
    1918 Walter Johnson 23-13, 1.27 ERA, 162 SO
    1924 Walter Johnson 23-7, 2.72 ERA, 158 SO

    The Sporting News American League Pitcher of the Year

    1953 Bob Porterfield, 22-10, 3.35 ERA

    Senators Birthdays

    Conrad George Grob B Nov. 9, 1932 D Sep. 28, 1997

    Single Season Senator Connie Grob would be on the Washington roster for about 5 months in 1956. Pitching in 15 games, Grob would compile a 4-5 record with a 7.83 ERA, making his last major league appearance in mid-September.

    Connie Grob career record

    Dorrel Norman Elvert (Whitey) Herzog B Nov. 9, 1931 Still Living

    Originally signed by the New York Yankees in 1949, outfielder (and occasional 1st baseman) Whitey Herzog came to the Washington Senators in early April of 1956 as the "player to be named later" in the trade that sent Mickey McDermott and Bobby Kline to the Yankees in exchange for Lou Berberet, Herb Plews, Dick Tettelbach and Bob Weisler.

    Debuting in the majors with the Senators in 1956, Herzog would play in 117 games in his rookie season, hitting .245. He'd only see action in 36 games in 1957 as his BA dropped to .167.

    After appearing in just 8 games with the Senators in 1958, Herzog would be purchased by the Kansas City Athletics where he'd finish the season playing in 88 games hitting .240.

    Herzog would remain with the A's through 1960 and then was traded to the Baltimore Orioles where he'd spend 1961 & 1962. One last trade after the 1962 season would send Herzog to the Detroit Tigers where he finished his playing days appearing in 52 games for the Tigers in 1963.

    The final line on Herzog was that he'd play 8 seasons, appearing in 634 games with a lifetime .257 BA.

    10 years later Herzog would become manager of the Texas Rangers. Fired after 138 games with the team at 47-91, Herzog would manage the California Angels on an interim basis for 4 games in 1974.

    In 1975 Herzog would replace Jack McKeon as manager of the Kansas City Royals, finishing in 2nd place. From 1976 through 1978 the Herzog led Royals would finish in 1st place in the American League West, only to fall to the New York Yankees in the League Championship Series each year. The 1977 Royals would post a 102-60 record, the only 100 win season for the franchise to date. A 2nd place finish in 1979 would mark the end of Herzog's tenure as Royals manager.

    Herzog would head a little further east across the "Show Me" state, taking over the reins of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1980. He'd remain at the helm of the Cards through 1990, guiding the team to a World's Championship in 1982 and 1st place finishes in 1985 & 1987.

    Herzog would garner "National League Manager of the Year" honors in 1985.

    "Whitey" Herzog career record

    Edward Karl Linke B Nov. 9, 1911 D Jun. 21, 1988

    Pitcher Ed Linke would play for the Senators for 5 years, from 1933 through 1937. Debuting in April of 1933, Linke would only pitch in 3 games his first season, posting a 1-0 record with a 5.06 ERA. Back for another 7 games in 1934, he'd go 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA.

    Linke's most active season would be 1935 when he'd appear in 40 games, going 11-7 with a 5.01 ERA. In 1936, Linke would pitch in 13 games, his record 1-5 with his ERA rising to 7.10.

    1937 was Linke's final season for the Senators, where he'd post a 6-1 record, lowering his ERA to 5.60.

    Traded to the St. Louis Browns for Chief Hogsett, Linke would pitch 1 last season in 1938 for the Browns, going 1-7. He'd make his last major league appearance in early September.

    Ed Linke career record

    Donald Nelson Loun B Nov. 9, 1940 Still Living

    Signed by the expansion team in 1961, Senators Short Timer Don Loun would spend 11 days on the Senators roster in 1964. Pitching in 2 games, he'd post a 1-1 record with an ERA of 2.08.

    Don Loun career record

    Gerald Edward Priddy B Nov. 9, 1919 D Mar. 3, 1980

    Infielder Jerry Priddy was signed by the New York Yankees in 1937, making his major league debut as a 21 year old rookie in April of 1941. Playing in 56 games his first season, he'd hit .213. 1942 would see him in 59 games, raising his BA to .280.

    Traded to the Washington Senators along with Milo Candini for Bill Zuber and cash, Priddy would spend 1943 playing mainly at 3rd base, hitting .271 in 149 games.

    His career interrupted by World War II, Priddy wouldn't return to the Senators roster until 1946. He'd play in 138 games in 1946, hitting .254 but would see his BA drop to .214 in 1947.

    Purchased by the St. Louis Browns after the 1947 season, Priddy would spend 2 seasons with the Browns. He'd have his best season at the plate in 1948, hitting .296 in 151 games.

    Traded to the Detroit Tigers, Priddy would spend 1950 through 1953 in a Detroit uniform, playing in his last game in late September of 1953.

    Jerry Priddy career record
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  17. #257

    November 10

    1919 Clark Griffith turns to Philadelphia grain broker William Richardson for financial assistance in buying controlling interest of the Senators for approximately $800,000. Griffith, named president, will hold 44% stock, with Richardson possessing 40%. A key part of the deal is Richardson allowing Griffith to speak for his (Richardson's) minority holdings. The franchise will remain in the Griffith family for 65 years until 1984 when Calvin Griffith sells the Washington-Minnesota organization to Carl Pohlad for $32 million.

    Senators Birthdays

    Calvin Coolidge Ermer B Nov. 10, 1923 D Aug. 8, 2009

    One Game Wonder Cal Ermer tasted his cup of coffee with the original Senators on September 26th of 1947. Playing 2nd base, Ermer would have an 0-3 day at the plate.

    Ermer would stay in baseball, replacing Sam Mele at the helm of the Minnesota Twins in 1967. The Twins were 25-25 when Ermer took over but would go 66-46 the rest of the season, good for a 2nd place finish.

    Ermer would remain as Twins manager in 1968 but would see his team drop to 79-83 and a 7th place finish. He was replaced by Billy Martin for the 1969 season

    Cal Ermer career record

    Angel Felix Husta Fleitas B Nov. 10, 1914 D Jul. 10, 2006

    Senators Short Timer Angel Fleitas would debut with the Senators as a 33 year old rookie in July of 1948. Another member of the Cuban Connection, Fleitas would appear in 15 games, playing shortstop but hitting a microscopic .077.

    Angel Fleitas career record

    Carmen Louis Mauro B Nov. 10, 1926 D Dec. 19, 2003

    Signed by the Chicago Cubs in 1944, outfielder Carmen Mauro would make it to the majors for 3 games with the Cubs in 1948. Mauro wouldn't appear in the big leagues in 1949 but would return to the Cubs roster in 1950, appearing in 62 games hitting .227.

    Mauro would appear in just 13 games with the Cubs in 1951, hitting .172. After the season he'd be traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers.

    Returning to the majors with Brooklyn in 1953, Mauro would appear in 8 games for Brooklyn, going 0-9 at bat. Released by the Dodgers, Mauro would be signed by the Washington Senators in late May.

    Mauro would remain a Senator for a little over 1 month, playing in 17 games, hitting .174 before being released by the Senators at the end of June. Mauro would be signed by the Philadelphia Athletics where he'd finish the 1953 season, playing in 64 games and hitting .267.

    Mauro would be included in a multi-player trade between the Athletics and the New York Yankees after the season but he'd never play in the majors again, his last game having been in late September with Philadelphia.

    Carmen Mauro career record
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  18. #258

    November 11

    Senator Managers

    Bucky Harris, 1924-1928 (First stint)

    Record as Senator Manager: 1,336-1,416, .485 Pct.

    Teams managed:
    1924: 92-62 .597 1st World Champions
    1925: 96-55 .636 1st AL Pennant
    1926: 81-69 .540 4th
    1927: 85-69 .552 3rd
    1928: 75-79 .487 4th

    *Note: Bucky Harris managed the Senators 3 separate times in his career. For the sake of continuity, each of his stints will be profiled separately into separate posts.*

    Stanley "Bucky" Harris was on a Florida vacation in early 1924 when he received a letter from Clark Griffith. Harris believed the letter was a reprimand and a fine for his playing pro basketball during that off-season. But, to the shock of Harris, Griffith's letter named him the new player/manager of the Senators. Despite being one of the youngest players on the team at 27, Griffith felt Harris had the right attributes to be a manager someday, so why not now? Harris was a leader and a scrapper, traits the "Old Fox" held in high esteem for his managers.

    Harris would state years later that a good manager had to how to get along with the players. This formula worked to perfection in his first two seasons at the helm. During spring training and road trips, Harris rarely had bed checks and instituted an honor systems for his squad. His methods quickly gained him the respect of the veteran players on the Nats, such as Goose Goslin, Joe Judge, Walter Johnson and Roger Peckinpaugh. Despite a slow start out of the gate in 1924 that had sportswriters labeling Harris' hiring as "Griffith's Folly", the Senators soon got hot and found themselves neck and neck with the Yankees for 1st place. Riding Walter Johnson, Washington clinched their first AL pennant at Boston on the final weekend of the season, earning them a date with the Giants in the 1924 World Series. The Senators won a thrilling, hard fought 7 game series from the Giants, making Johnson, Griffith and, especially Harris, the toast of D.C.

    With offseason acquisition Stan Coveleski and Johnson winning 20 apiece, along with Dutch Ruether chipping in 18, the Senators of 1925 fought off an early challenge from the upstart A's to win the AL going away. Goslin bashed in 113 RBI and Peckinpaugh took home MVP honors. Favorites to win the World Series against Pittsburgh, Washington took a seemingly insurmountable 3 games to 1 lead. However, Peckinpaugh's 8 errors and Harris' questionable use of the pitching staff cost Washington, enabling Pittsburgh to win the Series in 7 games.

    In 1926, the Nats never seriously contended and would need a win on the last day of the season to finish in 4th place. Johnson and Coveleski seemed to slow down at the same time and the offseason trade for "Bullet" Joe Bush was a dud. Goslin hit .354 with 108 RBI, but he was suspended by Harris in August for "indifferent" play. With Peckinpaugh losing a step, Harris inserted Buddy Myer. The 22 year old Myer was more than adequate, batting .304 with 62 RBI, as Peckinpaugh's replacement..

    Looking to make one last run at another title in 1927, Griffith signed future Hall of Famer Tris Speaker. Harris planned on pitching the 39 year old Johnson in spots to hopefully maximize his production. Harris' plan was foiled when Johnson went down with a broken leg in spring training. When Johnson returned 6 weeks later, he was a shell of his former self, finishing at 3-6 in his last season. To make matters worse, Speaker convinced Griffith and Harris to part with Myer for Boston SS Topper Rigney in May. Rigney would be released after 45 unproductive games. While the Nats finished at 85-69, good enough for 3rd place, Babe Ruth's historic 60th home run of Tom Zachary would add a fitting footnote to the disappointing season.

    Privately, Griffith was concerned that Harris was not enough of a disciplinarian. Harris' approach worked wonders in 1924 and 1925, but age, bad trades, the Yankees dominance and unproductive seasons from Harris and the pitching staff were also reasons for the Nats fall from grace. In his final season in his first stint as the Nats manager in 1928, Harris would guide a listless club to a 4th place record. Goslin winning the batting title, George Sisler passing through town and the Senator debut of Joe Cronin were the only highlights of the dismal season.

    With that, Griffith would part with Harris, the "Boy Manager" now 32. The "Old Fox", loyal to the man who bought home 2 pennants and the World Series championship, prearranged with Detroit owner Frank Navin the Tigers managerial job for Harris. Little did anyone know, besides Griffith, that Harris would return to the nation's capital.

    Senators Birthdays

    George Washington Case B Nov. 11, 1915 D Jan. 23, 1989

    Outfielder George Case would debut with the Washington Senators in early September or 1937 as a 21 year old rookie. Hitting .289 in 22 games, Case would become a Senators regular for the next 8 seasons.

    Case would hit .305 in 107 games in 1938, his first full season. He'd also steal 11 bases. This was a precursor of things to come as Case would hit .302 in 1939 and would lead the American League in stolen bases with 51. In fact, Case would lead the league in stolen bases from 1939 through 1943 and again in 1946. In 1944 & '45 he'd place 2nd in the lead for steals.

    Case would be named to the American League All Star Teams of 1939, 1943, 1944 & 1945 but would only play in the 1943 contest when he was the starting right fielder.

    After 9 seasons in Washington, Case would be traded to the Cleveland Indians for Jeff Heath. Case would play in 118 games for Cleveland in 1946 but would see his BA drop to .225.

    Prior to the start of the 1947 season, Case would be traded back to Washington for Roger Wolff. After only 36 games, where his BA would drop even further, Case would hang up his spikes in early August at the age of 31, the years of base stealing having taken their toll.

    Case would serve in the expansion Senators organization as a coach and minor league manager and would also work in the New York Yankee and Seattle Mariner organizations.

    From the Sports Illustrated vault, an October 1986 article on George Case

    Short bio of George Case at Baseball Library

    George Case career record

    Henry John (Dutch) Dotterer B Nov. 11, 1931 D Oct. 9, 1999

    Signed by the Cincinnati Reds in 1950, catcher Dutch Dotterer would finally get a taste of the majors in late September of 1957 at 25 years of age.

    Playing in 4 games, Dotterer would go 1 for 12. He'd make his way into 11 games in 1957, hitting .250. His most active season would be 1959 when he'd play in 52 games, hitting .267.

    Dotterer would play in 33 games in 1960 and would be traded after the season to the Kansas City Athletics. 2 months later Dotterer would be selected by the "new" Senators in the expansion draft. Dotterer would play in 7 games for the Senators, his last major league appearance coming at the end of April 1961.

    "Dutch" Dotterer career record

    Wilfred Henry Lefebvre B Nov. 11, 1915 D Jan. 19, 2007

    Bill Lefebvre debuted as a rookie pitcher with the 1938 Boston Red Sox. Appearing in just 1 game, he'd pitch 4 innings, giving up 8 hits and 6 runs. He'd return with the Red Sox in 1939 pitching in 5 games posting a 1-1 record.

    Lefebvre wouldn't play in the majors from 1940 through 1942 but would return with the Senators in 1943. Pitching in 6 games, Lefebvre would go 2-0. 1944 would be his most active season when he'd appear in 24 games, going 2-4 with a 4.52 ERA, playing in his last game in late September.

    Bill Lefebvre career record

    Alexander Schacht B Nov. 11, 1892 D Jul. 14, 1984

    Known as the "Clown Prince Of Baseball", Al Schacht's major league pitching career would cover just 3 seasons, from 1919 through 1921. He'd appear in a grand total of 53 games for the Washington Senators, posting a career record of 14-10, pitching in 197 innings in 53 games, closing his career with an ERA of 4.48.

    Schacht's small stature (5' 11" tall, 142 lbs.) hindered him as he attempted to embark on a baseball career. Bouncing around the minors, Schacht was bothered by arm woes and spent some time in the Army during World War 1. He'd return to the minors and finally got the call to the big leagues in 1919. After 3 years as a pitcher with the Senators, where he and Nick Altrock developed an on-field comedy routine, Schacht would become a coach for the Senators and even served as an interim manager in 1934.

    An informative biography on Schacht, including how he entertained troops during WWII, can be found here:

    SABR Al Schacht biography by Ralph Berger

    Al Schacht career record

    PS On this Veterans Day, we salute those professional baseball players who served in the military, especially those who had their playing careers interrupted by military service.

    And a thanks to veterans everywhere for the sacrifices you've made in service to your country.
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  19. #259

    November 12

    Senator League Leaders in Batting

    Batting Average
    1928 Goose Goslin .379
    1935 Buddy Myer .349
    1946 Mickey Vernon .346
    1953 Mickey Vernon .337

    Home Runs
    1959 Harmon Killebrew 42, tied for 1st
    1968 Frank Howard 44
    1970 Frank Howard 44

    1924 Goose Goslin 129
    1957 Roy Sievers 114
    1970 Frank Howard 126

    Stolen Bases
    1906 John Anderson 39, tied for 1st
    1912 Clyde Milan 88
    1913 Clyde Milan 75
    1920 Sam Rice 63
    1939 George Case 51
    1940 George Case 35
    1941 George Case 33
    1942 George Case 44
    1943 George Case 61

    Runs Scored
    1943 George Case 102

    1924 Sam Rice 216
    1926 Sam Rice 216, tied for 1st
    1933 Heinie Manush 221
    1941 Cecil Travis 218

    1950 Eddie Yost 141
    1952 Eddie Yost 129
    1953 Eddie Yost 123
    1956 Eddie Yost 151
    1970 Frank Howard 132

    1902 Ed Delahanty 43, tied for 1st
    1933 Joe Cronin 45
    1946 Mickey Vernon 51
    1951 Sam Mele and Eddie Yost 36, tied for 1st
    1953 Mickey Vernon 43
    1954 Mickey Vernon 33

    1904 Joe Cassidy 19, tied for 1st with two players
    1921 Howie Shanks 18, tied for 1st with two players
    1923 Sam Rice & Goose Goslin, 18
    1925 Goose Goslin 20
    1932 Joe Cronin 18
    1933 Heinie Manush 17
    1939 Buddy Lewis 16
    1942 Stan Spence 15
    1956 Jim Lemon 11, tied with three players for 1st
    1959 Bob Allison 9
    1969 Del Unser 8

    On Base Percentage
    1902 Ed Delahanty .453

    Slugging Percentage
    1902 Ed Delahanty .590
    1968 Frank Howard .552

    Senators Birthdays

    Clyde Samuel Goodwin B Nov. 12, 1886 D Oct. 12, 1963

    Senators Short Timer Sam Goodwin would spend 15 days on the Senators roster in 1906. Pitching in 4 games, Goodwin would finish the 1906 season, and his brief major league career with a 0-2 W/L record and an ERA of 4.43.

    Clyde Goodwin career record

    Donald Roy Johnson B Nov. 12, 1926 Still Living

    Pitcher Don Johnson would play in 7 seasons over the course of 12 years, making brief appearances with 6 different teams.

    Signed by the New York Yankees in 1944, Johnson's first stint in the majors would come in April of 1947 when he'd appear in 15 games, posting a 4-3 record with a 3.64 ERA.

    Johnson wouldn't return to major league play until 1950 when he'd pitch in 8 games for the Yankees, going 1-0. Traded to the St. Louis Browns in mid-June, Johnson would finish the 1950 season in a Brwons uniform going 4-5 in 25 games.

    Starting 1951 in St. Louis, Johnson would make it into 6 games with the Browns, going 0-1 when he was purchased by the Washington Senators in late May.

    Johnson would go 7-11 for the remainder of 1951 in Washington and would return with the Senators in 1952, appearing in 29 games, posting an 0-5 record.

    Purchased by Toronto of the International League prior to the start of the 1953 season, Johnson would return to the majors in 1954 with the Chicago White Sox where he'd post an 8-7 record in 46 games.

    Traded to the Baltimore Orioles, Johnson would post a 2-4 record in Baltimore in 1955.

    Picked up by Toronto again, Johnson would show up in the majors one last time in mid-July of 1958 when he'd pitch in 17 games for the newly relocated San Francisco Giants where he'd go 0-1 in 17 games, his last major league appearance coming in late September.

    Don Johnson career record

    Jack Bernard Ryan B Nov. 12, 1868 D Aug. 21, 1952

    Another player who was in and out of the major leagues is Jack Ryan who would play in 13 seasons over the span of 25 years from 1889 through 1913.

    Primarily a catcher, Ryan would be tapped to play at every position except pitcher in his career.

    Ryan's career began in September of 1889 with the Louisville Colonels of the then major league American Association. After 3 years in Louisville, Ryan wouldn't resurface in the majors until 1894 when he'd spend 3 seasons with the Boston Beaneaters.

    Out of the majors again in 1897, Ryan would come back for 87 games with the Brooklyn Bridegrooms in 1898.

    Ryan would play in just 2 games with the Baltimore Orioles in 1899 and would take another break from the majors until 1901 when he'd spend 3 seasons on the roster of the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Ryan would make an appearance with the Washington Senators in 1912 & 1913, playing in just 1 game each season, his final major league game coming in October of 1913.

    Jack Ryan career record
    Last edited by Aa3rt; 11-08-2012 at 08:06 PM.

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    November 13

    Senators League leaders in pitching

    1913 Walter Johnson 36
    1914 Walter Johnson 28
    1915 Walter Johnson 27
    1916 Walter Johnson 25
    1918 Walter Johnson 23
    1924 Walter Johnson 23
    1932 Alvin Crowder 26
    1933 Alvin Crowder 24
    1953 Bob Porterfield 22

    1912 Walter Johnson 1.39
    1913 Walter Johnson 1.14
    1918 Walter Johnson 1.27
    1919 Walter Johnson 1.49
    1924 Walter Johnson 2.72
    1925 Stan Coveleski 2.84
    1928 Garland Braxton 2.51
    1961 Dick Donovan 2.40
    1969 Dick Bosman 2.19

    Complete Games
    1910 Walter Johnson 38
    1911 Walter Johnson 36
    1913 Walter Johnson 29
    1914 Walter Johnson 33
    1915 Walter Johnson 35
    1916 Walter Johnson 36
    1953 Bob Porterfield 24
    1954 Bob Porterfield 21
    1959 Camilo Pascual 17

    1911 Walter Johnson 6
    1913 Walter Johnson 11
    1914 Walter Johnson 9
    1915 Walter Johnson 7
    1918 Walter Johnson 8
    1919 Walter Johnson 7
    1924 Walter Johnson 6
    1927 Hod Lisenbee 4
    1953 Bob Porterfield 9
    1959 Camilo Pascual 6

    1910 Walter Johnson 313
    1912 Walter Johnson 303
    1913 Walter Johnson 243
    1914 Walter Johnson 225
    1915 Walter Johnson 203
    1916 Walter Johnson 228
    1917 Walter Johnson 188
    1918 Walter Johnson 162
    1919 Walter Johnson 147
    1921 Walter Johnson 143
    1923 Walter Johnson 130
    1924 Walter Johnson 158
    1942 Bobo Newsom 113

    Innings Pitched
    1910 Walter Johnson 370
    1913 Walter Johnson 346
    1914 Walter Johnson 371.2
    1915 Walter Johnson 336.2
    1916 Walter Johnson 369.2
    1919 Jim Shaw 306.2
    1932 Alvin Crowder 327

    Also on this date:

    1934 Bucky Harris is rehired for the second time as Washington manager to replace Joe Cronin. From 1929-1933, Harris had managed Detroit for 4 seasons and Boston for 1 year before being bought back to D.C. by Clark Griffith. Bucky's second reign will last until 1942.

    Senators Birthdays

    George Henry Dumont B Nov. 13, 1895 D Oct. 13, 1956

    Pitcher George Dumont would debut with the Senators in mid-September of 1915 as a 19 year old rookie. Pitching in Washington for 4 seasons, Dumont's most active year would be 1917 when he'd pitch in 37 games, going 5-14 with a 2.55 ERA.

    Traded to the Boston Red Sox, along with Eddie Ainsmith in exchange for Hal Janvrin and cash after the 1918 season, Dumont would would pitch in 13 games for the Red Sox in 1919, going 0-4 and making his last major league appearance 4 years and 4 days after he debuted.

    George Dumont career record

    Alexis Wiliam Kampouris B Nov. 13, 1912 D May 29, 1993

    Alex Kampouris came to the major leagues from Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds in July of 1934.

    Kampouris would play for the Reds through early June of 1938, his most active season being 1935 when he'd play in 148 games, hitting .246.

    Traded to the New York Giants, Kampouris would finish the 1938 season and spend 1939 on the Giants roster.

    Purchased by the New York Yankees after the 1939 season, Kampouris would not appear in the majors in 1940. He'd be purchased again, this time by the Brooklyn Dodgers, in early September of 1940.

    Sparingly used by the Dodgers, Kampouris would appear in just 16 games in 1941, 10 games in 1942 and 19 in 1943 before he was purchased one last time by the Washington Senators.

    Kampouris would finish his season, and his career, with the Senators in 1943, playing 2nd & 3rd bases and hitting .207, his last game coming in late September.

    Alex Kampouris career record

    John Michael Mihalic B Nov. 13, 1911 D Apr. 24, 1987

    John Mihalic would play in 69 games for the Washington Senators from 1935 through 1937. Playing at 2nd base and shortstop, Mihalic would leave the majors in September of 1937 with a .244 BA in 217 AB.

    John Mihalic career record
    Last edited by Aa3rt; 11-13-2008 at 02:07 PM.

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