May 8 (The End)
1912 Walter Johnson's five game win streak is snapped with a 7-6 defeat at the hand of the White Sox in Washington.
1914 May 8 must not have been a good day for the "Big Train" in his career. On this date in 1914, Johnson comes on in relief against the A's and gives up 6 runs in 3 innings in a game that ends in a 9-9 tie. The "Big Train" throws the only beanball of his career at Frank "Home Run" Baker, who is a career .385 hitter against Johnson until this game. After this game, Baker would only hit .207 off Johnson for the rest of his career.
1937 Bobo Newsome hits the only homer of his career off Detroit's Schoolboy Rowe. The Senators win 8-3 at Detroit.
1948 After suffering 3 straight shutouts, the Senators finally score but still lose to Cleveland 6-1 in Washington. The highlight of this game is Cleveland's Larry Doby's 408 foot, 3 run, inside the park HR which hits the loudspeakers in CF. The ball is declared by the umpire as in play as it bounces back onto the field.
1971 The Senators trade 1B Mike Epstein and P Darold Knowles to Oakland for 1B Don Mincher, P Paul Linblad, C Frank Fernandez and cash. For Mincher, he would become one of 9 players to have played for both the original and expansion Senators.
No one who ever played for the Washington Senators was born on May 8th.
The End It was 1 year ago today (May 8th, 2008) that BBF member "Steve Jeltz" and I combined our efforts to compile this thread with Steve focusing on Senators history which gave me more time to research and cross-reference Senators birthdays.
Unfortunately Steve disappeared from this board in mid-November of 2008 and has not returned.
I cannot vouch for the 100% accuracy of the roster or birthdates but all have been cross referenced between Baseball-Fever's "sister site" Baseball-Almanac and with Baseball Reference with some information gleaned from the SABR website when players were covered.
My next project, to be tackled as time allows, is to compile a roster of living Senators from both the original and expansion franchises.
Last edited by Aa3rt; 04-08-2011 at 10:31 PM.
"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.