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Baseball Fever Policy

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1891-1899 Washington Senators

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  • #16
    1899 Senators 3B Doc Casey (left) and C Duke Farrell (right)

    1899 3B Doc Casey traded to Bro Apr 25.jpg1899 C Duke Farrell traded to Bro Apr 25.jpg

    Both of these players were traded to Brooklyn on April 25th.


    • #17
      1899 Senators 1B Harry Davis (left), OF Jake Gettman (center), and SS Billy Hulen (right)

      1899 1B Harry Davis 18g.jpg1899 LFCF Jake Gettman 19g.jpg1899 SS Billy Hulen 19g.jpg

      Each of these men played fewer than 20 games for the Senators in 1899.

      Harry Davis later had a successful career with the Philadelphia Athletics and led the American League in home runs each year from 1904 through 1907.

      Billy Hulen was a lefthanded shortstop who had previously played 88 games for the Phillies in 1896. His final game for Washington was May 12th, after which he disappeared from the major leagues.
      Last edited by RUKen; 11-24-2014, 06:50 AM.


      • #18
        1899 Senators P Ed Dunkle (left) and Frank Killen (right)

        1899 P Ed Dunkle 4g.jpg1899 P Frank Killen 2g.jpg

        These players pitched just 4 games and 2 games, respectively, for the Senators in 1899.


        • #19
          1899 Senators P Billy Dinneen (left) and Kirtley Baker (right)

          1899 P Billy Dinneen.jpg1899 P Kirtley Baker 12g.jpg

          Bill Dinneen later became the pitching star of the 1903 World Series for the Boston Americans.


          • #20
            1899 Senators 2B/SS Dick Padden

            1899 2BSS Dick Padden.jpg


            • #21
              1899 Senators Outfielders (left-right): LF Jack O'Brien, CF Jimmy Slagle, and RF Buck Freeman

              1899 LF Jack O'Brien.jpg1899 CF Jimmy Slagle.jpg1899 RF Buck Freeman.jpg

              Buck Freeman hit an astonishing 25 home runs that season, a total that was not exceeded until Babe Ruth hit 29 in 1919 with a cork-centered ball.
              Last edited by RUKen; 02-11-2013, 06:54 AM.


              • #22
                That's all I've found to date. For a team that played in the nation's capital, there are surprisingly few photos available. If anyone has additional photos from the C.M. Bell studio session in 1894, or team photos from the Spalding or Reach guides of the late 1890's, you are welcome to post them here.


                • #23
                  This is great work! I've read Shirley Povich's history, and remember that the 1890s teams were pretty poor...which would explain why there are so few pictures.

                  However, the page from the Washington Times is a AAA+ winner, just for the advertisements from Hechts. Incidentally, in the early '50s, the Post bought the Times-Herald, becoming, for a few years, "The Washington Post Times-Herald".


                  • #24
                    I've just added a team photo of the 1897 Senators to post #8 in this thread.


                    • #25
                      1894 Senators' 2B/SS Tim O'Rourke

                      1894 2BSS Tim O'Rourke.jpg

                      I have also added, to post #7, a cabinet photo of outfielder Bill Hassamaer.
                      Last edited by RUKen; 03-25-2013, 08:57 AM.


                      • #26
                        Dummy Hoy, early 1890's cabinet photo

                        1892 Dummy Hoy.jpg


                        • #27
                          1919, Side-by-Side photos of Buck Freeman and Babe Ruth

                          Publicity photos taken when Ruth surpassed Freeman's record of 25 home runs in a season, set in 1899 with the Senators.

                          1919 Buck Freeman and Babe Ruth.jpg

                          (Ned Williamson's 27 home runs in 1884 were disregarded because he was aided by an exceptionally short fence and the removal of ground rules that had previously made many over-the-fence hits count as doubles.)


                          • #28
                            1892 Washington Senators article with player portraits

                            1892 NL Washington.jpg


                            • #29
                              Outfielder Kip Selbach in 1951
                              1951 Kip Selbach.jpg


                              • #30
                                Win Mercer Caprice, a song composed in honor of the Senators' popular young pitcher

                                Win Mercer Caprice.jpg

                                From the SABR biography: Only nineteen when he arrived in Washington, young and handsome with piercing dark eyes, and an outgoing personality, fans found him easy to like. According to sportswriter Fred Lieb, "Mercer was one of the most handsome players in the game". Women, especially, liked him, and Mercer "loved the ladies". The team's owners liked to pitch Mercer on Tuesdays and Fridays, days designated as Ladies Days, because he attracted a crowd. An 1897 Ladies Day game ended in shambles when women rioted after Umpire Bill Carpenter ejected Mercer. As they described the incident: "an army of angry females poured out of the stands. They surrounded Carpenter, shoved him to the ground and ripped his clothing…. Finally police brought the situation under control".
                                Last edited by RUKen; 01-30-2014, 03:57 PM.