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Baseball Fever Policy

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1891-1899 Washington Senators

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  • #31
    Kip Selbach, dressed in the 1895 'W' sweater and cap, in a cabinet photo from the C.M. Bell studio

    Kip Selbach.jpg


    • #32
      Charlie Reilly, 1897 3B, wearing his Washington uniform in 1900 (edited from a group photo of the Denver Bears)

      1897 Charlie Reilly (1900 photo).png


      • #33
        Gene DeMontreville, Shortstop, 1895-1897

        1895 DeMontreville - sepia.jpg


        • #34

          refer below
          Last edited by SABR Steve; 03-05-2016, 09:42 AM. Reason: edited


          • #35
            Originally posted by RUKen View Post
            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.


            (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.)
            Not across the board, Newspapers like the New York Times referred to Williamson's record of 27 when Ruth blasted his 28th at the Polo Grounds during a match on September 24, 1919 "for a new world's record." Boston was visiting the Yankees who played at the Polo Grounds at the time. It was a smash over the right field grand stand into Manhattan Field.


            • #36
              1994 Washington Outfielders Charlie Abbey (CF, left) and Bill Hassamaer (RD, right)

              1894 Charley Abbey CF.jpg 1894 Bill Hassamaer RF.jpg


              • #37
                1894 Washington Infielders

                Bill Joyce (3B, left) and Frank Scheibeck (SS, right)
                1894 Bill Joyce 3B.jpg 1894 Frank Scheibeck SS.jpg

                Piggy Ward (2B, left) and Joe Sullivan (SS/2B, right)
                1894 Piggy Ward 2B.jpg 1894 Joe Sullivan 2BSS.jpg

                Tim O'Rourke (SS/2B)

                1894 Tim O'Rourke 2BSS.jpg


                • #38
                  1894 Pitchers Mike Sullivan (left) and Bill Wynne* (right)
                  1894 Mike Sullivan P.jpg 1894 Bill Wynne P 1 g CG loss 11R 6ER 8-31-94.jpg

                  *Wynne had one major-league appearance, a complete-game loss on August 31st, 1994, in which he allowed 11 runs (6 earned), 10 hits, 8 walks, 2 hit batsmen, and had 2 wild pitches.
                  Last edited by RUKen; 12-14-2016, 10:05 AM.


                  • #39
                    1895 Washington Infielders

                    Shortstops Dan Coogan (left) and Parson Nicholson (right)
                    1895 Dan Coogan SS.jpg 1895 Parson Nicholson SS.jpg

                    1B Ed Cartwright

                    1895 Ed Cartwright 1B.jpg


                    • #40
                      1895 Washington Pitchers

                      Win Mercer (left) and Al Maul (right)
                      1895 Win Mercer P.jpg 1895 Al Maul P.jpg

                      Varney Anderson (left) and Otis Stocksdale (right)
                      1895 Varney Anderson P.jpg 1895 Otis Stockdale P.jpg

                      Al Krumm*

                      1895 Al Krumm DNP P.jpg

                      *Krumm's only major-league appearance was in a complete-game loss on May 17th, 1889, for Pittsburgh.
                      He was with the Senators during spring training in 1895 and on the roster at the start of the season, but did not get into a regular-season game.
                      Last edited by RUKen; 12-22-2016, 12:05 PM.


                      • #41
                        1895 Pitcher John Malarkey
                        1896 John Malarkey P.jpg

                        1895 Shortstop Gene DeMontreville

                        1897 Gene DeMontreville SS.jpg
                        Last edited by RUKen; 12-14-2016, 09:13 AM.


                        • #42
                          Originally posted by RUKen View Post
                          1994 Washington Outfielders Charlie Abbey (CF, left) and Bill Hassamaer (RD, right)

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                          Spiffy uniforms for 1894 and the uniform design is not bad for 1994 either. The ball players representing our nation's capitol back then at least "looked the part".


                          • #43
                            More photos available

                            Most of these are recent additions to the Library of Congress catalog. I posted the ones I liked, but there are quite a few other examples on there as well.


                            • #44
                              Originally posted by cinemaodyssey View Post
                              Most of these are recent additions to the Library of Congress catalog. I posted the ones I liked, but there are quite a few other examples on there as well.
                              Thanks, Cinemaoddysey! (The images in posts #36-41 above had been posted by Cinemaoddysey at

                              Here are some more from the Library of Congress:

                              1894 Washington Catchers Dan Dugdale (left) and Deacon McGuire (right)
                              1894 Dan Dugdale hands on knees.jpg 1894 Deacon McGuire throwing.jpg

                              1894 Washington 1B Ed Cartwright (left) and LF/SS Kip Selbach (right)
                              1894 Ed Cartwright hands in front.jpg 1894 Kip Selbach hands on knees.jpg

                              1894 Washington SS/2B/OF Paul Radford
                              1894 Paul Radford seated.jpg


                              • #45
                                1894 Washington Pitchers Otis Stocksdale (left) and Win Mercer (right)
                                1894 Otis Stockdale ready to throw.jpg 1894 Win Mercer with ball.jpg
                                Last edited by RUKen; 12-22-2016, 12:05 PM.