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  • August 10

    1901 The Nationals and A's divide an eventful doubleheader in Washington. In game one, a 9-4 Washington win, Win Mercer of the Nats becomes the first AL pitcher ever to steal home. The A's Nap Lajoie collects a pair of homers before getting ejected in the 7th. In the afternoon game, Philadelphia racks up 41 total bases on 23 hits, 10 of which are for extra bases, off Dale Gear in a 13-0 smoking of the Nationals. Gear establishes an AL record by surrendering the 10 extra base hits (tied in 1969 by Luis Tiant) and the 41 total bases. Opposing moundsman Snake Wiltse puts his name in the record book by becoming the first of 3 pitchers in history to collect 4 extra bases hits in one game.

    1915 Tiger 3B Ossie Vitt is knocked unconscious for 5 minutes after being hit by a wild fastball from Walter Johnson in the top of the 1st. Vitt departs the contest with a concussion. Johnson becomes unnerved and fears hitting another batter. Detroit takes advantage of Johnson's mindset by plating 4 runs in the 1st and another 4 in the 6th to win, 8-2.

    1917 Johnson twirls his second straight shutout, one hitting the visiting White Sox, 4-0.

    1937 The second division Nationals bag a pair from Philadelphia, 15-7 and 8-6. Nats 3B Buddy Myer ties Jimmy Burke's 1901 ML mark of committing 4 errors in the opener. Despite Myer's misadventures at the hot corner, Washington easily takes the opener, with the help of a 9 run 3rd inning. Earle Brucker homers for Philly in the finale, but the Nats hold on for the victory and the sweep.

    1963 Brooks Robinson's streak of starting 463 consecutive games at 3B is halted in today's match at D.C. Stadium. Even though the slumping Robinson pinch hits in the 8th, the Senators slip by the Orioles, 6-5. Don Lock's hits his 19th and 20th home runs of the year, while Baltimore's Boog Powell clobbers 3 homers. In the 9th, RF Jim King's perfect throw to the plate with 2 outs nails the Bird's Luis Aparicio to preserve the victory for the Sens.

    1969 Two run scoring triples by Earl Stroud and Paul Casanova in a 3 run 8th inning make John Gelnar and the Pilots, 7-5, losers at RFK. Nonetheless, Washington is the only AL team to have a losing record against the expansion squad, with the Pilots compiling a 7-5 record against the Senators.

    1971 In Washington, the Senators drop a pair to the Royals, 9-2 and 3-1. Former Senator farmhand Lou Piniella's 3 hits pace the Royals in the opening game, with Dick Bosman being tagged with his 9th loss. In the nitecap, Piniella, Cookie Rojas and Amos Otis deposit RBI singles to lead Kansas City to the sweep. Mike Thompson of the Sens pitches 7.1 innings, but yields 6 walks to fall to 0-4. The Senators offense manages to only collect a puny 10 hits in this doubleheader.

    Senators Birthdays

    August 10th appears to have been a rather prolific day for Senators births as there are 7 birthdays to report today. As usual, in alphabetical order, let us present August 10th's additions to the Senators all-time roster...

    Bob Chakales B Aug. 10, 1927 D Feb. 18, 2010

    Known as the "Golden Greek", Bob Chakales was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies organization in 1945. Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1948, Chakales first major league appearance would be in April of 1951 with the Indians.

    Seeing limited action with the Indians from 1951 through June of 1954, Chakales would be traded to the newly relocated Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Vic Wertz.

    Baltimore would make immediate use of Chakales as he would pitch in 38 games for the Orioles from June through September of 1954.

    Traded again after the season's end, Chakales would begin the 1955 campaign on the roster of the Chicago White Sox. After just 7 games with the South Siders, Chakales would be traded again, this time along with Clint Courtney and Johnny Groth, to the Washington Senators in exchange for Jim Busby.

    Chakales would appear in 29 games for the Senators in 1955, compiling a 2-3 record. He return with Washington in 1956, appearing in 43 games and producing a 4-4 record with a 4.03 ERA.

    In 1957, Chakales would start the year with the Senators but be traded one last time after just 4 games in a Senators uniform. This trade would see Chakales and Dean Stone head to Fenway Park in exchange for one of yesterday's birthday boys, Milt Bolling, along with Russ Kemmerer and "Fabulous" Faye Throneberry.

    18 games for the Red Sox, where he'd go 0-1 with an 8.16 ERA would mark the end of Chakales' major league career.

    Bob Chakales career record

    John Kelly (Buddy) Lewis B Aug. 10, 1916 Still Living

    Buddy Lewis is another of those rare players who spent his entire 11 year major league career with the Washington Senators.

    First appearing with the Senators in mid-September of 1935, Lewis would patrol the "hot corner" around 3rd base for the next 4 seasons.

    Lewis began playing the outfield in 1940 while still filling in at 3rd base on occasion.

    Playing from 1935 through 1941 and again from 1945 through 1947 with one final season in 1949, Lewis would hit over .300 in 4 different seasons, his best year being 1945 when he hit .333. Lewis would have an additional 4 seasons where he'd hit over .290.

    Lewis would lead the American League in singles with 162 in 1937 and in triples in 1939 with 16. He was the starting 3rd baseman in the 1938 All Star game and 9 years later, in 1947, he'd again be an All Star Game starter, this time in right field.

    Lewis career would end after the 1949 season. As a career Senator, he would play in 1349 games and finish with 1563 hits, including 249 doubles, 93 triples and 71 home runs and a career BA of .297.

    "Buddy" Lewis career record

    James Verlin Mertz B Aug. 10, 1916 D Feb. 4, 2003

    Single Season Senator Jim Mertz pitched in 33 games for the 1943 Senators, starting 10 games and compiling a 5-7 record with an ERA of 4.63.

    Jim Mertz career record

    Erwin Coolidge (Bob) Porterfield B Aug. 10, 1923 D Apr. 28, 1980

    Pitcher Bob Porterfield was first signed by the New York Yankees in 1946 and made his major league debut in early August of 1948. Remaining with the Yankees through early 1951, he'd be traded after just pitching in just 2 games in the 1951 season to the Washington Senators, along with Tom Ferrick and Fred Sanford (another one of yesterday's birthday boys) in exchange for Bob Kuzava.

    Porterfield would remain a Senator through 1955, posting his best record in 1953, when he'd go 22-10, the only year where he'd have more than 13 wins in a season. Porterfield would be named to the 1954 All Star squad and pitch 3 innings in the All Star Game.

    After the 1955 season, Porterfield would be traded again, this time along with Johnny Schmitz, Tom Umphlett and Mickey Vernon, to the Red Sox in exchange for Karl Olson, Dick Brodowski, Tex Clevenger, Neil Chrisley and minor leaguer Al Curtis.

    Porterfield would spend 1956, 1957 and part of 1958 in Boston and was purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates in early May of 1958.

    He'd remain with the Pirates for 1 year and 5 days, when he was released by the Pirates in May of 1959.

    He'd be signed the next day by the Chicago Cubs, who kept him on the roster for 1 month where he'd appear in just 4 games with the Cubs. Released by the Cubs, he was resigned by the Pirates, this time staying on the Pirate roster through the end of the season when his major league journey ended.

    Bob Porterfield career record

    William Felix Trotter B Aug. 10, 1908 D Aug. 26, 1984

    Bill Trotter got his major league start as a 28 year old rookie with the St. Louis Browns in 1937. Another pitcher, Trotter would pitch for the Browns through early June of 1941.

    Traded to the Washington Senators along with Roy Cullenbine in exchange for Mike Chartak and Steve Sundra, Trotter would pitch in 17 games for the Senators, posting a 3-1 record with a 5.75 ERA.

    Trotter would not play in the majors in 1943 but would reappear in 1944 to pitch in 2 games for the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Bill Trotter career record

    Edward Wineapple B Aug. 10, 1905 D Jul. 23, 1996

    One Game Wonder Ed Wineapple would taste his cup of major league coffee on September 15th of 1929 when he'd pitch in 4 innings for the Senators. He'd leave with no decision, having given up 7 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 walks and striking out 1 with an ERA of 4.50.

    Ed Wineapple career record

    Taft Sheldon (Taffy) Wright B Aug. 10, 1911 D Oct. 22, 1981

    Outfielder Taffy Wright got his start in the majors with the 1938 Senators. Playing in 100 games, he'd hit .350 with 92 hits, 18 doubles, 10 triples, 2 homers and 37 runs scored.

    After that impressive performance, he'd be back in 1939, playing in 129 games and batting .309. This time he'd score 77 runs and amass 154 hits including 29 doubles, 11 triples, 4 home runs and 93 RBIs.

    Why the Senators would want to unload him is beyond me, but after the 1939 season, Wright was traded along with Pete Appleton to the Chicago White Sox for Gee Walker.

    Wright would play for the South Siders from 1940 to 1948 (with a break from 1943-1945 due to WWII) and put up some pretty impressive numbers, only hitting below .300 twice in those 8 years.

    After the 1948 season, Wright was purchased by the Philadelphia Athletics, where he'd play one last year. 1949 wasn't kind to the 37 year old Wright and he was released by the Athletics at the end of the season.

    "Taffy" Wright career record
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    • August 11

      1933 Taking control of the AL race, Washington tallies 6 runs in the 9th inning to polish off Boston, 8-4, at Fenway. Both squads use a record tying 11 pitchers in the tilt. The Senators lead in the American League increases to 4 games.

      1961 The M&M Boys, Mantle and Maris, continue their pursuit of Babe Ruth's single season home run record at Griffith. Maris clouts his 42nd, a solo homer off Pete Burnside, and Mantle smacks his 44th, a 2-run shot off Burnside, in New York's, 12-5, victory over the Nats. Joe McClain loses his 13th game.

      Senators Birthdays

      Calvin Asa Cooper B Aug. 11, 1922 D Jul. 4, 1994

      One Game Wonder Cal Cooper was served a particularly bitter cup of coffee on September 14th of 1948. Pitching for 1 inning, Cooper gave up 5 hits, 5 earned runs, 1 walk and 1 wild pitch, departing the Senators, and the major leagues, with a lifetime ERA of 45.00.

      Cal Cooper career record

      Stephen Joseph Korcheck B Aug. 11, 1932 Still Living

      I would imagine that Steve Korcheck would qualify as a "Senators Short Timer", for even though he played in parts of 4 different seasons, he would only ever make it in to 58 games.

      A catcher, Korcheck would first appear in 2 games in 1954, going 1 for 7 at the plate.

      In 1955, Korcheck would appear in 13 games, going 10 for 36 at bat, good for a .278 BA.

      He wouldn't see the major leagues again until 1958 when he'd appear in 21 games, and again in 1959 when he'd up that total by 1, putting 22 games under his belt during the 1959 season.

      Unfortunately Korcheck's hitting would drop off dramatically in 1958 and 1959 and his last major league appearance would be in late September of '59.

      Steve Korcheck career record

      Conrado Eugenio Marrero B Aug. 11, 1911 Still Living

      Pitcher Connie Marrero, another member of the much noted "Cuban Connection", would pitch for the Senators from 1950-1954, compiling a record of 39-40 in 118 games. He'd go 11-9 in 1951 and represent the Senators in the All Star Game, although he wasn't tapped to play.

      As of this writing Connie Marrero is one of the oldest still living major league veterans, this being his 97th birthday. A thread discussing Connie Marrero can be found here: Connie Marrero thread

      Connie Marrero career record

      Louis Norman (Bobo) Newsom B Aug. 11, 1907 D Dec. 7, 1962

      Has there ever been a more travelled player than Bobo Newsom? In a career that spanned from 1929 through 1953 (although he did not play in the majors in 1931, 1933, 1949, 1950 or 1951) Newsom played for 9 different teams and played for some of them more than once.

      I hope that regular readers of this thread will forgive me, but I'm going to dispense with the usual year by year career rundown. Suffice it to say that Newsom played for the Boston Red Sox, Brooklyn Dodgers (twice, once when the franchise was known as the "Robins"), Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, New York Giants, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Athletics (twice), St. Louis Browns (three times), and capped it off by spending 5 separate stints with the Washington Senators!

      Note that Newsom makes our list of the "Fab Fourteen" who have the dubious distinction of having played for the Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns and Washington Senators. Newsom actually could make the list twice!

      Newsom appeared in 2 World Series, with the Detroit Tigers in 1940 and the New York Yankees in 1947, compiling a 2-2 W/L record in World Series play.

      Newsom was also selected to the All Star teams of 1938, 1939, 1940 and 1944, although he didn't play in 1938 or '39.

      Bobo Newsom's stints with the Washington Senators:

      Round #1 Newsom's first stint with the Senators began in May of 1935, when he was purchased from the St. Louis Browns.

      He'd stay in Washington until June of 1937 when he was traded, along with Ben Chapman, to the Boston Red Sox for Mel Almada and Rick & Wes Ferrell.

      Round #2 Newsom would come back to Washington in March of 1942 when he was purchased from the Detroit Tigers. In late August of that same year, the Brooklyn Dodgers would purchase Newsom from the Senators.

      Round #3 In August of 1943 the Senators would purchase Newsom from the St. Louis Browns for a second time. In December of that year, he would be traded to the Philadelphia Athletics for Roger Wolff. During this brief stay in Washington, Newsom would be the first major league player to sport the number "00" on his uniform.

      Round #4 The A's would release Newsom on June 3rd of 1946. He'd be signed by Washington the next day. A little over a month later, in mid-July, Newsom's services would be purchased by the New York Yankees.

      Round #5 Newsom would return to the Senators for 1 last time in 1952, appear in 10 games and be released again in mid-June. He'd be picked up by the Philadelphia Athletics the same day and would finish his major league journey there in September of 1953.

      "Bobo" Newsom career record

      Harry Glenville (Doc) Tonkin B Aug. 11, 1881 D May 30, 1959

      One Game Wonder Doc Tonkin tasted his major league cup of coffee on August 19th of 1907. Another pitcher, Tonkin would give up 6 hits and 3 runs (2 earned) and depart with an ERA of 6.75.

      "Doc" Tonkin career record
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      • August 12

        1916 In relief of starter Harry Harper, Walter Johnson allows 2 runs in the 9th for a 2-1 loss at Boston. Harper and Babe Ruth both pitch 7 innings, with Harper fanning Ruth twice.

        1924 With rookie Earl McNeely making his first start in CF for the Nationals, Johnson pitches another shutout, 4-0, over visiting Cleveland. McNeely will bat .330 for the Nats for the rest of the season and contribute some key hits in the World Series.

        1938 Clark Griffith hands P Wes Ferrell, the Nats leading winner at 13-8, his walking papers. Griffith, who has had disputes with Ferrell over salary, claims Ferrell was not helping the club. Two days later, Ferrell will sign with the Yankees.

        1941 Senator Dutch Leonard wins his 7th in a row‚ 9-3‚ over the A's at Griffith. Philadelphia LF Wally Moses is lost for 3 weeks when he steps on a corn cob while chasing a hit. Buddy Lewis hits two taters in the contest for the Sens.

        1949 The Red Sox score 28 runs on 28 hits in a twinbill sweep of the Nats at Fenway. Vern Stephens knocks in 5 in the opener, a 15-7 Sox blasting of the Nats. In the second game, the Sox outslug Washington, 13-11. The two teams play the nitecap in a marathon time of 3 hours and 14 minutes, a then ML record for a 9 inning game. The 2 losses commence an 11 game losing streak for Washington.

        1953 A sprained knee prevents Mickey Mantle from playing, but Mantle's absence does not stop the Yankees from thoroughly embarrassing the Senators at home, 22-1. New York's Hank Bauer scores 5 times, Yogi Berra and Billy Martin tally 5 RBI apiece and winning pitcher Whitey Ford gets in on the fun by supplying 4 hits. The Bombers 28 hits are just 2 short of the AL record. If not for Washington's 1 run, the Sens would have been on the receiving end of the worst shutout loss in ML history (A feat that will be accomplished in 1975 with the Cubs falling to the Pirates, 22-0).

        1954 In another doubleheader at Boston, the Senators take game one, 9-5. Chuck Stobbs wins his 5th straight against the Red Sox, his former club. Mickey Vernon leads the Nats attack with 4 hits. In the second game, Eddie Yost, for the 5th consecutive season, walks for the 100th time, but the Washington bats fall silent in a 5-0 loss.

        1961 Washington breaks the Yanks 9 game winning streak in defeating New York, 5-1 at Griffith. The Senators also snap their own 7 game losing skid. Ace Dick Donavan is credited with the W, with the lone Yank's run being Roger Maris' 43rd home run. The pivotal hit is Gene Green's pinch grand slam off the Yankees' Luis Arroyo in the 7th that breaks a 1-1 tie.

        Senators Birthdays

        Thomas John McAvoy B Aug. 12, 1936 Still Living

        Brooklyn-born Tom McAvoy joined the swelling ranks of Senators' "One Game Wonders" on September 27th, 1959 when he pitched in 2.2 innings, giving up 1 hit and 2 walks but no runs.

        Tom McAvoy career record

        Harlond Benton Clift B Aug. 12, 1912 D Apr. 27, 1992

        Harlond Clift began his major league journey in 1934, playing 3rd base for the St. Louis Browns. Playing with the Browns through mid-August of 1943, Clift would hit .302 in 1936 and .306 with 29 home runs in 1937. In 1938 he'd hit a career high of 34 home runs for the Browns.

        Clift was selected to the 1937 All Star Team but did not play.

        In August of 1943, Clift was traded, along with Johnny Niggeling to the Washington Senators in exchange for Ellis Clary, Ox Miller, and that always rare commodity for the Browns, cash.

        Clift would appear in just 8 games for the Senators in 1943, batting an even .300. 1944 would see him in only 12 games in a Senators uniform-unfortunately his batting average would drop by 140 points. Clift would play the better part of 1945, appearing in 119 games for Washington but the hitting prowess he displayed earlier in his career was gone-he'd only hit .211 in his final season. He was released by the Senators in February of 1946 at age 32.

        Harlond Clift career record

        Anthony Spencer Harris B Aug. 12, 1900 D Jul. 3, 1982

        Spencer Harris began his brief major league career with the White Sox in 1925. Patrolling the outfield in Comiskey Park, Harris would hit .283 in 56 games in 1925 and .252 in 80 games in 1926.

        Harris would not make another major league appearance until 1929, when he played in 6 games for the Senators, going 3 for 14 (.214 BA) at the plate.

        22 games for the 1930 Philadelphia Athletics would mark the end of Harris' career.

        Spencer Harris career record

        Wyatt Arnold (Watty) Lee B Aug. 12, 1879 D Mar. 6, 1936

        Watty Lee was an original Senator, appearing with the Washington team in their inaugural season in 1901. A pitcher and outfielder, Lee would have his most successful season on the mound, pitching in 36 games and going 16-16 with a 4.40 ERA. He'd also play in 7 games in the outfield and hit .256.

        Lee would remain on the Senators roster in 1902 & 1903, posting records of 5-7 and 8-12 but would find himself spending more time in the field, playing 96 games as a fielder in 1902 and 47 more in 1903.

        Briefly on the roster of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1904, Lee would make his last major league appearance in late May of that year.

        "Watty" Lee career record
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        • August 13

          1926 In the only game played today in baseball, Lou Gehrig's two home runs help lead New York over Washington, 7-5. It is only the second time in Walter Johnson's 20 year career that he has allowed two homers in the same game to one player.

          1932 Yanks hurler Red Ruffing hits a game winning homer in the top of the 10th to give New York their 6th straight win, 1-0. Ruffing joins former Senator Tom Hughes as the only other pitcher in ML history to hit an extra inning, game winning home run. Hughes initially accomplished the feat on August 3, 1906 at St. Louis.

          1944 The Nats take the broom to the Tribe in Washington, 2-1 and 4-1. P Mickey Haeffner wins the opener. Behind Stan Spence's 3 run homer in the 1st, Early Wynn is the victor of the second game. Nats SS John Sullivan starts an AL record 5 double plays and goes 3-for-3 in the finale.

          1954 The A's, in their final season in Philadelphia, best the Senators, 3-2 at Griffith. Jim Finigan's swipe of home in the 8th snaps Philadelphia's 8 game losing streak.

          1968 At Metropolitan Stadium, the Twins pin the Nats, 8-4. Tom Hall of Minnesota goes 7.2 innings, surrenders 11 hits, but is bailed out by 3 double plays in earning his first big league win. Jim Hannan drops to 7-3 and strikes out for the 13th straight time, dating to July 24, in his only plate appearance.

          1970 In the rubber match of a 3 game series with the visiting Twins, Cesar Tovar leads off the game with a single off Dick Bosman. Bosman settles in and holds Minnesota to that lone safety in a 1-0 Washington victory and a 3 game series sweep. Jim Kaat also pitches the distance, but is saddled with the hard luck loss.

          Senators Birthdays

          Richard James French B Aug. 13, 1941 Still Living

          Jim French was signed by the Senators in 1963 and made his major league debut in September of 1965. Appearing in 13 games in his first season, French would hit .297. Unfortunately, that would be the highwater mark as far as French's hitting was concerned.

          A catcher, French would only play in 234 games over a span of 7 seasons, averaging 33 games per year. His most active season would be 1970 when he appeared in 69 games. French spent a lot of time on the AAA roster of whoever was Washington's affiilate that year, including Hawaii, Syracuse, Buffalo, Denver and Richmond. French always seemed to do fairly well in the minors but just couldn't hit major league pitching.

          His final game would be in mid-May of 1971, although he would be recalled for 5 days in early September of the Senators last season.

          French was always of my favorite Senators, although I can't offer an explanation as to why. Every year when he was called up, I always hoped this would be his "breakout" season and that he'd stay with the big club. Every year, he'd end up going back to AAA.

          Jim French career record

          Carlos Whitman Moore B Aug. 13, 1906 D Jul. 2, 1958

          Senators Short Timer Carlos Moore would appear in 4 games for the 1930 Senators. A pitcher, Moore would only work in 11.2 innings, giving up 9 hits and 3 runs, departing the Senators in late May with an ERA of 2.31.

          Carlos Moore career record

          Charles Arthur Shires B Aug. 13, 1907 D Jul. 13, 1967

          The man from Italy-Italy, Texas that is, Art Shires began his 4 year major league career with the Chicago White Sox in 1928. Playing 1st base, Shires would hit .341 in 33 games in his debut season. In 1929 he appeared in an even 100 games, hitting .312.

          Shires would start the 1930 season with the White Sox, playing 37 games there, but be traded to the Senators for Garland Braxton and Bennie Tate. Appearing in another 38 games for the Senators, he'd hit .369 with 31 hits and 19 RBI.

          Strangely, Shires wouldn't play in the majors in 1931 but would return for 82 games with the Boston Braves in 1932. He'd only hit .238 and disappeared from the major league scene on July 31st of that year.

          EDIT: Thanks to a tip from Senators history maven Steve Jeltz, I was advised that Shires was quite a self-promoter and in addition to playing baseball, Shires also found employ as both a professional boxer and wrestler. A couple of articles that lend more insight to the career of Art (known as "Art The Great") Shires can be found in these links:

          Art Shires writeup at "The Baseball Page"

          Art Shires writeup at Slam Wrestling (includes a photo of Shires in a Boston Braves uniform)

          Art Shires career record

          Robert George Wiesler B Aug. 13, 1930 Still Living

          Originally signed by the New York Yankees in 1949, Bob Wiesler would first show up in a Yankee uniform in 1951 for 4 games. He'd finish the season with an 0-2 record in 4 games with an ERA of 13.50.

          Wiesler would return to the Yankees in 1954 and would have short stints with the Yankees in 1954 & 1955.

          In early 1956, Wiesler would be part of a multi-player trade that would see Wiesler, along with Lou Berberet, Herb Plews, Dick Tettlebach and eventually Whitey Herzog, sent to Washington in exchange for Mickey McDermott and Bobby Kline.

          Wiesler would have his most active season in 1956, pitching in 37 games and posting a 3-12 record with a 6.44 ERA.

          Wiesler would only pitch in 7 more games in 1957 and 1958 and would be gone from the Senators, and the majors, in early May of '58.

          Bob Wiesler career record
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          • August 14

            1908 Walter Johnson fires a 2 hitter over Chicago, 1-0. Johnson's no hit bid is foiled by Pale Hose P Doc White in the top of the 9th.

            1915 The Babe and the Big Train square off for the first time as opposing pitchers. Ruth and the hometown Red Sox come from behind to win, 4-3. The Bambino collects the win and goes 2-for-3 with a run scored.

            1935 In the Motor City, Bobo Newsom is silenced, at least for today. P Schoolboy Rowe's 5-for-5, 3 RBI performance at the dish, as well as his pitching, leads the Tigers to an 18-2 battering of the Senators. Detroit knocks Newsom around to the tune of 12 runs over 4 innings.

            1960 The Nats pull out a sweep of a doubleheader in Yankee Stadium, winning by the scores of 5-4 and 6-3 in 15 innings. Camilo Pasqual connects for a grand slam in a 5 run National 6th that is the difference in the opener. The second game highlight is Mickey Mantle's failure to run out a double play ball that results in Roger Maris injuring himself attempting to break it up. Maris will miss the next 18 games. The Yankee faithful boo Mantle, while Casey Stengel benches the icon. The Senators plate 3 in the 15th off Ralph Terry courtesy of a bases loaded walk to Billy Consolo and 2-run single from Lenny Green.

            Senators Birthdays

            James Percy Mason B Aug. 14, 1950 Still Living

            Shortstop Jim Mason makes the list of "Senators Short Timers" by virtue of the fact that he made his major league debut on September 26th of 1971, just 4 days prior to the expansion Senators playing their last game in Washington.

            Mason would go 3 for 9, good for a .333 BA in 3 games as the curtain was falling on the Washington team.

            Heading southwest with the franchise to be rebranded as a Texas Ranger in 1972, Mason wouldn't be nearly as successful at the plate as he was in that Senators debut.

            After 2 years in Texas, Mason would be purchased by the New York Yankees where he'd play in 1975 & 1976, appearing in his only League Championship and World Series in 1976.

            In 1977, Mason was selected in the expansion draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. He'd play just 22 games for Toronto in their inaugural season before being traded back to Texas where he'd spend the remainder of 1977 and 1978.

            Mason would be traded one last time after the 1978 season to the Montreal Expos where he'd play in 78 games in 1979, finishing his career.

            Jim Mason career record
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            • August 15

              1916 His record falling to 0-3 against Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson does not receive run support in dropping a 1-0, 13 inning decision to Boston. The Big Train gives up only 5 hits in 12 innings. Ruth allows only one hit from the 7th inning on, an infield single to the speedy Cyde Milan. Milan also robs the Bambino of a home run in the bottom of the 12th inning.

              1923 Against Chicago, Nat P George Mogridge becomes the only pitcher to steal home in extra innings when he scores in the top of the 12th in the Senators 5-1 victory.

              1941 In "The case of the missing groundskeeper", Washington devises a unique way to lose a game. The Nats seemingly defeat the Red Sox at Griffith, 6-3, in a 8 inning, rain shortened contest. But Clark Griffith's son-in-law and Boston manager Joe Cronin protests the game because Washington did not cover the field in case the game is resumed. The protest is upheld by AL President Will Harridge on August 28th and Harridge awards Boston the game via forfeit.

              1965 Capping a 9-8 road trip, the Senators complete a rare sweep of the Orioles, 4-2. Senator scoring consists of RBI singles from Mike Brumley, Willie Kirkland and winning pitcher Pete Richert. Woodie Held adds insurance with his 13th long ball in the 9th to stake Washington to a 4-0 lead. Richert runs into trouble in the bottom of the 9th, but Ron Kline induces Boog Powell to line to right for the game's final out.

              Senators Birthdays

              Joseph Felix Casey B Aug. 15, 1887 D Jun. 2, 1966

              Catcher Joe Casey would only ever appear in 50 major league games over the span of 4 seasons. Only 9 of those games were with the Senators.

              Making his major league debut with the 1909 Detroit Tigers, Casey played in 3 games in 1909, 23 games in 1910 and 15 games in 1911.

              Casey would then take a 6 year hiatus from the major leagues, returning for 9 games with the 1918 Washington Senators. He'd go 4 for 17 at the plate, a .235 BA, with 2 RBIs and play in his last game in late August.

              Joe Casey career record

              Charles Edward Moyer B Aug. 15, 1885 D Nov. 18, 1962

              Senators Short Timer Ed Moyer pitched in 6 games during the 1910 season. In 25 IP, he'd give up 22 hits, 15 runs (9 earned) and depart with an 0-3 record and an ERA of 3.24.

              Ed Moyer career record

              Charles Andrew (Cap) Peterson B Aug. 15, 1942 D May 16, 1980

              Utility man Cap Peterson first appeared in the majors with the 1962 San Francisco Giants, playing in 4 games in September. He'd stay with the Giants through 1966, playing all infield positions except catcher and in the outfield.

              Traded to the Washington Senators, along with Bob Priddy for Mike McCormick after the 1966 season, Peterson would find his niche as an outfielder and enjoy his most active season in 1967, playing in 122 games and hitting .240 with 17 doubles, 2 triples 8 homers and 46 RBI.

              Staying with the Senators in 1968, he'd only hit .204 and his playing time would decrease to 94 games.

              Prior to the start of the 1969 season, Peterson would be traded to the Cleveland Indians for minor leaguer George Woodson. He'd play in 76 games for the Indians, his major league career ending at the end of the '69 season.

              "Cap" Peterson career record

              John Joseph (Jack) Warner B Aug. 15, 1872 D Dec. 21, 1943

              Jack Warner began his 14 year major league career way back in 1895 with the Boston National League franchise, then known as the "Beaneaters". Prior to the end of the season, he'd be on the roster of the Louisville Colonels when that Kentucky city was a major league outpost.

              Beginning the 1896 season in Louisville, Warner would be back on the eastern seaboard with the New York Giants after 33 games in a Louisville uniform.

              Warner would stay with the Giants through the 1901 season, but in 1902 would jump to the Boston American League franchise.

              In an example of the "grass being greener on the other side of the fence", Warner would jump back to the Giants for the 1903 season and stay there through 1904.

              Purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals, Warner would start the 1905 season in St. Louis but would be purchased again in early August, this time by the Detroit Tigers.

              Warner would stay on the Detroit roster for just over 1 year, when he'd be purchased one last time, this time by the Washington Senators in mid-August of 1906. A catcher, Warner would finish his major league career in Washington, playing in 32 games in 1906, 72 games in 1907 and 51 games in 1908.

              Warner's best year in Washington was in 1907 when he went 53 for 207, good for a .256 BA with 5 doubles and 17 RBIs.

              Jack Warner career record
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              • August 16

                1909 The A's storm Walter Johnson for 6 runs in 5 innings of a 6-1 Nats loss. Johnson accounts for the Nats lone run with his first big league homer. Johnson's blast, only the 3rd homer that clears the Washington LF fence, goes through a window of an adjacent building.

                1912 With Rube Marquard holding the record for the longest winning streak by a pitcher(19), Johnson moves to within 5 games of Marquard's record by winning his 14th straight. The Big Train two hits Chicago, 2-0.

                1915 The Nationals, seeking their first win in Fenway this year, are shutout by Joe Wood, 1-0. The Nats record at Boston falls to 0-11.

                1933 Joe Cronin's team is victorious for the 8th consecutive game, taking care of the White Sox at Commiskey, 5-1. With the second place Yankees losing again, Washington pushes their lead to 6.5 games.

                1943 A good news, bad news day for the Senators. The good news: The visiting Senators roll past Cleveland, 6-3, behind southpaw Bill "Lefty" Lefebvre. The Senators remain in 2nd place with the victory. The bad news: The Sens are 9.5 games behind New York, who are running away with the AL flag.

                1957 The Red Sox continue to be haunted by their former mate, Chuck Stobbs. Stobbs, 5-15 heading into tonight's match at Griffith, blanks Boston on 5 hits, 5-0.

                1963 See if this refrain sounds familiar. A lifeless Nationals offense comes to life, but the pitching collapses for another loss. The pitching is great, but the offense is moribund for yet another defeat. Sounds like the 2008 edition of the Washington Nationals, but the 1963 version fit this mold as well, if not "better", than the present team. While the 2008 Nationals have some talent, the 1963 team was trotting out the likes of Ken Retzer, Don Zimmer, Dick Phillips and Don Blasingame. As for the game on this date in 1963, Washington fans, needing another reminder of the original Senators, lose to Camilio Pasqual and the Twins in the Twin Cites, 7-5.

                Senators Birthdays

                Lewis Emmett Carpenter B Aug. 16, 1913 D Apr. 25, 1979

                Senators Short Timer Lew Carpenter appeared in 4 games, pitching just over 3 innings with the 1943 team. He surrendered 1 hit, 4 walks, was charged with 1 wild pitch and 1 hit batter, striking out 1.

                Lew Carpenter career record

                Noble Jan Dukes B Aug. 16, 1945 Still Living

                Another Short Timer, Jan Dukes pitched in 13 games with the Senators in 1969 and 1970 and returned for 3 more games with the 1972 Texas Rangers. His career record: an 0-2 W/L record with a 2.70 ERA.

                Jan Dukes career record

                Joseph Hovlik (born Havlik) B Aug. 16, 1884 D Nov. 3, 1951

                Joe Hovlik continues todays theme of Senators Short Timers by appearing in just 4 games during the 1909 and 1910 seasons with the Senators. He'd move to the Chicago White Sox for the 1911 campaign and pitch in 12 games, compiling a 2-0 record.

                Joe Hovlik career record

                Frederick Donald Rudolph B Aug. 16, 1931 D Sep. 12, 1968

                Baltimore native Don Rudolph got his major league start with the Chicago White Sox in 1957. Another sparingly used pitcher, Rudolph would only play in 16 games in a White Sox uniform between 1957 and 1959 before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds in early May of 1959.

                After another 5 games with the Reds that season, Rudolph would not resurface in the majors until 1962 when he returned as a Cleveland Indian.

                Rudolph would only pitch in 1 game for Cleveland before being traded to the Washington Senators, along with Steve Hamilton, in exchange for Willie Tasby. In Washington Rudolph would finally get some playing time, appearing in 37 games in both 1962 & 1963 and 28 games in 1964. Rudolph would post a record of 8-10 in 1962, 7-19 in 1963 and 1-3 in 1964, pitching for the early expansion Senators.

                His major league career would end with the close of the 1964 season.

                Don Rudolph career record

                Eugene Richard Woodling B Aug. 16, 1922 D Jun. 2, 2001

                Outfielder Gene Woodling played 17 seasons for 6 different major league teams, including 2 separate stints with 2 of those teams, but suffered the cruel fate of ending his playing days with the 1961 Senators and the 1962 Mets.

                Woodling's first major league appearance came in 1943 with the Cleveland Indians. He wouldn't return to the majors until 1946 when he'd again play for Cleveland in 61 games.

                Traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Woodling would play in 22 games in 1947. At the end of the 1947 season, the Pirates sent Woodling to the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League, where he'd play in 1948.

                Starting in 1949, Woodling would spend 6 seasons on the roster of the New York Yankees, hitting over .300 in 1952 & 1953 and would play in the World Series every year from 1949 through 1953 as the Yankees won an unprecedented 5 straight World Series. He'd hit a collective .318 in World Series play, including 5 doubles, 2 triples and 3 home runs in 85 AB.

                Traded to the Baltimore Orioles after the 1954 season, Woodling would only play in 47 games as an Oriole in 1955 before he'd be traded once again, this time for a second stint in Cleveland.

                Woodling would remain with the Tribe through mid-June of 1958 when he'd be traded back to Baltimore where he'd remain through the end of 1960. During his second stop in Baltimore, Woodling would be selected to the 1959 All Star Team.

                Selected by the "new" Senators in the expansion draft, Woodling would spend 1961 in Washington, playing in 110 games and hitting .313 with 10 home runs. Returning with the Senators in 1962, he'd play in 44 games before being purchased by the New York Mets in mid-June.

                Woodling would play in 81 games for the Mets in 1962, but would be given his release prior to the start of the 1963 season, marking the end of his major league journey.

                Gene Woodling career record
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                • August 17

                  1909 Starting for the second day in a row, Walter Johnson yields 4 hits in 12 innings of a 1-0 Nationals victory over Philadelphia.

                  1919 A then Tiger record crowd of 31,500 descend upon Navin Field to witness Detroit's, 4-2, 11 inning loss to the Nats. Both teams combine to hit 10 ground rule doubles into the overflow crowd lining the outfield.

                  1924 Beginning to heat up, the 3rd place Senators paste the Tigers at home, 8-1. The Big Train is masterful in going the distance, allowing 4 hits and no walks, for his 15th victory. Johnson retires the side in order in 7 of the 9 innings and punctuates the win with a strikeout of Ty Cobb for the final out.

                  1940 Double X, Jimmie Foxx, sets a Red Sox club record with 5 home runs in 5 straight games of a 12-9, Sox victory in Beantown.

                  1961 Better complete games have been pitched, but Nat's hurler Bennie Daniels will take this one. Daniels compiles an unusual pitching line (9 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 10 SO) in a 4-3, Griffith Stadium victory over the Angels. Bud Zipfel gathers 2 RBI, with Chuck Hinton and Pete Daly collecting the other 2. Commencing tomorrow, the Senators will go on to drop their next 14 games to start a horrendous 2-26 stretch.

                  1967 In another marathon game that has highlighted this season, Cleveland scores 5 runs in the 16th for an 8-3 win in D.C. The game appears promising for the Senators when Tribe starter Luis Tiant is chased after the 4th. Tim Cullen's run scoring single and a Frank Howard 2-run longball stake the Nats to 3-0, 4th inning lead. The Indians will knot the tilt in the 8th with 2 runs off Bob Humphreys, including an RBI triple from former Nat Chuck Hinton. Over the ensuing 8 innings, 5 different Indian pitchers blank the Nats on just 4 hits until Cleveland breaks the game open in the 16th.

                  Senators Birthdays

                  William Hoffman Keister B Aug. 17, 1871 D Aug. 19, 1924

                  Baltimore native Bill Keister began his major league days way back in 1896 with the National League version of the Baltimore Orioles. After 15 games in Baltimore during the 1896 season, Keister wouldn't return to the majors until 1898, playing in just 10 games for the National League Boston Beaneaters.

                  Keister would make it back into the Baltimore lineup in 1899, playing in 136 games, batting .329.

                  Purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals, Keister play in 126 games for the 1900 Cardinals, hitting an even .300.

                  After the formation of the rival American League in 1901, Keister would jump to the hometown Baltimore Orioles (the franchise that would shift to New York in 1903 to become the Highlanders and eventually the Yankees) starting the new century by hitting .328 in 115 games.

                  Purchased by the Washington Senators, Keister would play in 119 games, spending 65 games in the outfield and another 56 as a shortstop, 2nd & 3rd baseman, and once again hit an even .300.

                  1903 would find Keister jumping again, this time to the Philadelphia Phillies. Keister would play in an even 100 games, strictly as an outfielder in 1903, hitting .320.

                  An impressive hitter with a .312 career BA, Keister would be purchased by Jersey City of the Eastern League prior to the 1904 season and would not appear in another major league game, his major league career ending at the ripe old age of 31.

                  Bill Keister career record

                  Richard George Lines B Aug. 17, 1938 Still Living

                  Canadian born Dick Lines started his baseball career in 1957, being signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Acquired by the Washington Senators in 1965, Lines would pitch for the Senators in 1966 and 1967.

                  Lines would appear in 53 games in 1966, posting a 5-2 record with an ERA of 2.28. 1967 would see Lines in 54 games, and in a strange coincidence, would post a record of 2-5 with an ERA of 3.36.

                  Lines last major league game would be October 1st of 1967.

                  Dick Lines career record

                  Glen Gann (Buck) Varner B Aug. 17, 1930 D Apr. 29, 2000

                  Senators Short Timer Buck Varner would appear in 2 games for the 1952 Senators in late September, going 0-4 at the plate with 1 walk.

                  "Buck" Varner career record
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                  • August 18

                    1918 The Senators defeat the Browns for the first time at home this year, 2-1. Winner Jim Shaw pitches a 4 hitter. Washington, for all intents and purposes, is eliminated from pennant contention, remaining 5.5 games back with 14 games left in the war shortened season.

                    1938 New Yankee pitcher Wes Ferrell gets the win over his ex-mates, 6-5 in 11 innings, in the opener in Griffith. Ferrell, recently released by Clark Griffith despite a 13-8 record, will win only 4 more games in his career. The Nats earn the split in game two, winning 6-3.

                    1945 The shocking Senators continue to defy all odds by taking 3 of 4 in Detroit. Today's 11-5 Washington win pulls the Sens to within 1.5 games of the AL leading Bengals.

                    1962 Don Rudolph pitches a strong 8 plus innings, and Claude Osteen picks up his 1st save in a 2-0 shutout of the Angels in L.A. A Bob Schmidt solo homer in the 3rd and an Eddie Brinkman sacrifice fly in the 6th account for the Nats runs.

                    Senators Birthdays

                    William Angelo Consolo B Aug. 18, 1934 D Mar. 27, 2008

                    Signed by the Boston Red Sox in 1953 as a "bonus baby", Billy Colsolo would debut in April of 1953 as an 18 year old.

                    A light hitting infielder, Consolo's best season in Boston was 1957 when he'd appear in 68 games and hit a surprising .270.

                    Appearing in just 10 games through mid-June of 1959, Consolo would be traded, along with Murray Wall to the Washington Senators for Herb Plews and Dick Hyde. (Hyde and Wall would be returned to their original teams just 3 days later.)

                    After joining the Senators, Consolo would appear in 79 games, hitting .213.

                    In 1960, Consolo would have his most active season, appearing in an even 100 games, hitting .207 for the original Senators as they played their last season in DC.

                    Moving with the franchise to Minnesota in 1961, Consolo would only play in 11 games as a Minnesota Twin before being traded to the Milwaukee Braves for the always firey Billy Martin. Consolo would not make the major league roster in Milwaukee, and after the 1961 season he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies.

                    After playing in 13 games for the 1962 Phillies, Consolo would be purchased by the Los Angeles Angels, where he'd hit just .100 in 28 games. Released by the Angels in late June, he'd be picked up by the Kansas City Athletics where he'd play in 54 games, bringing his major league career to a close.

                    Billy Consolo career record

                    Robert William Humphreys B Aug. 18, 1935 Still Living

                    Pitcher Bob Humphreys was signed by the Detroit Tigers in 1958, making his major league debut with the Tigers in September of 1962.

                    After just 4 games in a Tigers uniform, Humphreys would be purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals. Playing for the Cardinals in 1963 & 1964, Humphreys would be traded to the Chicago Cubs where he'd spend the 1965 season.

                    In early April of 1966, Humphreys would be traded again, this time to the Senators in exchange for Ken Hunt.

                    Humphreys would remain in a Washington uniform through mid-June of 1970. He'd have his 2 most active seasons in 1966 and 1967, pitching in over 100 innings each season, going 7-3 in 1966 and 5-7 in 1967.

                    Released by the Senators, Humphreys would be picked up by the newly relocated Milwaukee Brewers, where he'd pitch in 23 games, going 2-4 and finishing his career at the end of the 1970 season.

                    Bob Humphreys career record
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                    • August 19

                      1907 Washington pitcher Sam Lanford makes his ML debut a memorable one for all the wrong reasons. The righthander makes the start at Chicago and allows 4 runs, 2 walks, plunks 2 batsmen, tosses a wild pitch and balks-all in the 1st inning. Lanford pitches until the 3rd inning, during which he gives up 7 more runs in a 16-2 Nats loss. The 21 year old will appear in 1 more game before disappearing from the majors.

                      1924 Gearing up for the final stretch, Washington reclaims second place by taking 4 out of 5 against visiting Detroit. Today, the Senators culminate the series by sweeping a pair, 4-3 and 5-3. George Modridge and Tom Zachary are the winning hurlers.

                      1936 Joe DiMaggio bags 3 hits, including a home run in the top of the 5th that breaks a 2-2 tie, to pace the Yanks to a 7-4 win. Senator John Stone homers off winning pitcher Red Ruffing, who hurls the complete game.

                      1939 In a Saturday doubleheader in Washington, Ted Williams' first major league grand slam lifts Boston to an 8-6 victory in the opener. The Nationals are 1 run better in the nitecap, a 2-1 win behind southpaw Ken Chase.

                      1958 The Senators bounce Detroit, 3-1. Roy Sievers deposits his 34th homer in the bottom of the first, a solo shot, and posts his 88th and 89th RBI's on the year. Tiger 2B Billy Martin sac fly off Camilo Pascual is Detroit's only run. Dick Hyde pitches 2 innings of scoreless relief for his 17th save.

                      1969 The Nats move above .500 for good with a 3-1 win over the Pale Hose at RFK. Ken McMullen's RBI single off Joe Horlen with 2 aboard in the 8th snaps a 1-1 deadlock. Sens starter Casey Cox goes 8.1 innings for his 8th win of the season.

                      Senators Birthdays

                      Robert Brown (Speed) Kelly B Aug. 19, 1884 D May 6, 1949

                      Senators Short Timer Speed Kelly sped onto the Washington roster in mid-July of 1909. Appearing in a grand total of 17 games, he'd go 6 for 42 at the plate with 2 doubles and 1 triple and zipped off the roster at the end of the season.

                      "Speed" Kelly career record

                      James Aloysius Shaw B Aug. 19, 1893 D Jan. 27, 1962

                      Pitcher Jim Shaw is another of those rare examples of someone who spent his entire career with the Senators. Pitching 9 years, from 1913 through 1921, Shaw would post a career record of 84-98 in 287 games, all while wearing a Washington uniform.

                      Arguably his best season came in 1918 when he went 16-12 with a 2.42 ERA.

                      Known as "Grunting Jim", Shaw lead the American League in batters faced in 1919 with 1229 and games played at 45, when he'd pitch in over 306 innings.

                      A couple of dubious honors Shaw garnered included leading the league in walks in 1914 with 137 and again in 1917 with 123. He also threw the most wild pitches in both 1919 (10) and 1920 (13).

                      Shaw posted an ERA of less than 3 every season from 1913 through 1919 except for 1917, when it was 3.17.

                      After only 15 games in 1921, his career would come to an end in mid-July.

                      Jim Shaw career record
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                      • August 20

                        1912 Walter Johnson and Jay Cashion give Washington fans plenty of cheer in a twinbill. In the opener, the Big Train sets the AL record with his 15th consecutive win, a 4-2 victory over Cleveland. Johnson is upstaged in the second game by Cashion, who fashions a 2-0, 6 inning, no-hitter. The only Cleveland baserunners against Cashion come on 2 errors by SS George McBride. The second game is called due to Cleveland having to catch a train to Boston.

                        1925 In Cleveland, Tom Zachary and Firpo Marberry slam the door on the Indians in a 1-0, 12 inning win for the Nationals. The win moves Washington back on top of the AL to stay.

                        1945 The Senators blank the Tribe in a doubleheader in Cleveland. Marino Pieretti whitewashes Cleveland in game one, 7-0, while Alex Carrasquel has the honors in game two, 6-0. The two victories put the Sens 1.5 games back of frontrunning Detroit.

                        1946 An army clocking device, a prelude to the radar gun, times Bob Feller's fastball at 98.6 mph in a pre-game exhibition that draws 30,051 at Griffith. In the real game, Feller, thanks to 4 Cleveland errors, is edged by Nats knuckleballer Mickey Haefner, 5-4.

                        1957 Following a 5-4 victory in Comiskey in the first of two, the Senators are no-hit by Chicago righty Bob Keegan in the nitecap, 6-0. Keegan, a 35 year old former All Star, walks 2 and strikes out 1. Keegan's opposing number, Chuck Stobbs, falls to 6-16, getting pounded for 12 hits and 6 runs in 5 innings of work.

                        1963 The Nats are nearly victims of another no-hitter, this time to Moe Drabowsky of the A's. Don Blasingame's 4th inning single is Washington's lone safety in a 9-0 A's rout in game one. The Senators tally 5 runs in the finale, but Jerry Lumpe's 2-run, game ending, home run in the bottom of the 14th gives Kansas City a 7-5 victory.

                        Senators Birthdays

                        Edgar Jewel Crowley B Aug. 20, 1906 D Apr. 14, 1970

                        Senators Short Timer Ed Crowley appeared in just 2 games with the 1928 Senators, going 0-1 at the plate and committing 1 error while playing 3rd base.

                        Ed Crowley career record

                        Earl Harrist B Aug. 20, 1919 D Sep. 7, 1998

                        Pitcher Earl Harrist was signed by the Cincinnati Reds in 1938 but didn't make his major league debut until 1945. Pitching in 14 games, he'd post a 2-4 record with a 3.61 ERA.

                        Harrist wouldn't play in the majors in 1946 but would be drafted by the Chicago White Sox after the 1946 season.

                        Returning to the majors in 1948 with the White Sox, Harrist would only pitch in 11 games for Chicago before being traded in early June to the Washington Senators for Marino Pieretti.

                        He'd pitch in 23 games for the Senators, posting a 3-3 record with a 4.60 ERA.

                        Harrist would be purchased by the New York Yankees in mid-September of 1948, would spend some time with Oakland of the Pacific Coast League and be brought back to the majors in 1952 when he appeared in 36 games for the St. Louis Browns.

                        After the 1952 season, he'd be purchased again, this time by the White Sox, for his second stint in Chicago. However, he'd be released after just 7 games in Chicago and picked up by the Detroit Tigers, where he'd pitch in 8 more games, last appearing in the majors in June of 1953.

                        Harrist would remain in the Tigers organization though and in August of 1954 he'd be traded to Seattle of the PCL where his trail runs cold.

                        Ed Harrist career record

                        Edward Charles Hovlik B Aug. 20, 1891 D Mar. 19, 1955

                        No relation to August 16th birthday boy Joe Hovlik that I can determine, Ed Hovlik is another Senators Short Timer whose time with the team spanned 2 seasons. Debuting with Washington in mid-July of 1918, Ed Hovlik would pitch in 8 games, posting a 2-1 record with a superb 1.29 ERA.

                        Back for a second season in 1919, Hovlik would pitch in less than 6 innings over the course of 3 games. His ERA would balloon to 12.71 and he'd depart the Senators, and the major leagues, in early May.

                        Ed Hovlik career record

                        Lewis Oscar (Bull) Smith B Aug. 20, 1880 D May 1, 1928

                        Bull Smith played in only 15 games in his major league career, appearing with 3 different teams over the span of 8 years.

                        Smith would first show up on a major league roster in late August of 1904 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he'd play 13 of those 15 games, hitting .143 while patrolling the outfield.

                        After that less than stellar performance, Smith wouldn't return to the majors until 1906, when he'd play in 1 game for the Chicago Cubs, going hitless in 1 plate appearance.

                        If you've done the math thus far, you know that Smith appeared in 1 more game, this time for the 1911 Senators where he wouldn't even make a plate appearance. Smith bulled his way out of the majors after that last game with Washington.

                        "Bull" Smith career record
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                        • August 21

                          1908 Today marks the 100th anniversary of Gabby Street's famed Washington Monument catch. Two Nats fans by the names of Preston Gibson and John Biddle make a $500 wager on whether a ball that is dropped from the top of the Washington Monument can be caught on the fly. Gibson and Biddle convince Street to settle their bet. Gibson and Biddle climb to the top of the 555 foot monument with a basket of baseballs. After the first 14 balls miss Street, on the 15th attempt, Street makes his famous catch and pockets the $500. In the afternoon, Street catches Walter Johnson's 3-1 triumph over Detroit.

                          1912 Washington part owner and team president Thomas C. Noyes passes away at age 44 after a four day illness. Nats team attorney, Ben Minor‚ succeeds Noyes as club president.

                          1932 The Tribe's Wes Ferrell becomes the first pitcher of the 20th century to win 20 or more in his first 4 seasons with a 11-5 victory over the home Senators. The wild righthander and future National will post two more 20 plus win seasons in Boston.

                          1966 Against the Angels in RFK, Frank Howard and Ken McMullen homer successively in the 3rd in a 7-4 Sens win. Nat starter Phil Ortega walks 3 and allows 2 homers, to Jim Fregosi and Bob Knoop, but manages to hang on for his 9th win. Ortega's battery mate, Paul Casanova has a big day, going 4-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run.

                          1970 RBI's from Ed Stroud, Paul Casanova and Aurelio Rodriguez stake Casey Cox to an early 3-0 lead at Minnesota. Cox cannot stave off a Twins rally, as the Washington falls, 4-3. Light hitting Twins C Tom Tischinski's solo homer in the home 7th off Cox wins it for AL West leading Minnesota.

                          Senators Birthdays

                          Just one birthday to report on August 21st...

                          Wallace Luther (Lou) Knerr B Aug. 21, 1921 D Mar. 23, 1980

                          Lou Knerr began his short major league career with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1945. Pitching for the A's in 1945 and 1946, Knerr would post records of 5-11 & 3-16 in those bleak years before the Athletics headed west.

                          Traded in early 1947 to the Washington Senators for George (Bingo) Binks, Knerr would join the ranks of "Single Season Senators" by pitching in just 9 innings in 6 games. He wouldn't compile a W/L record, but would depart the Senators, and the major leagues, in early June of 1947 with an ERA of 11.00, having surrendered 17 hits and 11 runs during those 9 innings in a Senators uniform.

                          Lou Knerr career record
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                          • August 22

                            1905 The Nationals will take a win anyway they can. At Detroit, umpire John Sheridan awards a forfeit win to the Nationals when Detroit refuses to begin play after an argument. Washington is leading in the 11th, 2-1, when Sheridan awards the forfeit.

                            1915 Seeing their 9 game win streak fall by the wayside, the Tigers are defeated by the Nats and Walter Johnson, 8-1, in game one. The Nats acheive a rare feat in the top of the 2nd when they score a run with no official at bats. Chick Gandil and Merito Acosta walk, a sacrifice bunt by Buff Williams moves Gandil and Acosta into scoring position, and a George McBride sac fly plates Gandil. Detroit earns a split of the twinbill, 1-0, in the finale.

                            1918 Sens 3B Eddie Foster 4-for-4 day bolts Washington past the Tribe, 7-1. The Nats do all their scoring in the bottom of the 1st, chasing starter Jim Bagby from the box. Jim Shaw grunts his way to another win.

                            1925 After being shutout yesterday, the league leading Nats erupt for 20 runs in a 20-5 destruction at Detroit. The Big Train walks 7 over 5.1 innings, but collects 2 hits, one of which is a home run. Bengal pitchers donate to the Washington cause by surrendering 19 hits and issuing 10 bases on balls.

                            1927 The Tigers sweep two over the Senators in Motown, 4-2 and 7-3. Harry Heilmann and Marty McNanus each homer in the 4th inning of game two off an increasingly ineffective Walter Johnson. It is the first time in Barney's stellar career that he has given up 2 home runs in the same inning and, also, the last homers he allows in his career. Johnson absorbs his final loss. With the sweep, the rampaging Cats (13 consecutive wins) overtake Washington for 2nd place.

                            1928 Ossie Bluege's 2-run single in the home 1st off the White Sox's Ed Walsh is all she wrote in a 2-0 Senators victory. Bump Hadley gobbles up the shutout.

                            1933 The good times had to come to an end sometime. Washington, riding high on a 13 game win streak, fall, 10-8, at Detroit on a 2-run, 9th inning home run from rookie Hank Greenberg. Despite the defeat, the frontrunning Senators are still ahead by a comfortable margin of 7.5 games.

                            1936 Three consecutive home runs from Red Kress, Joe Kuhel and Carl Reynolds in the 4th sparks Washington to a 12-8 win in the opener at Shibe Park. The A's Gordon Rhodes takes the loss, as the Nats collect 20 hits. Philadelphia comes back to take game two, 7-6.

                            1961 In loss number 4 of a 14 game losing streak, Boston's Jackie Jensen's bases loaded walk in the bottom of the 11th sinks the stumbling Senators, 3-2. Bennie Daniels goes the distance for Washington in taking the defeat.

                            1970 In the Twin Cities, Frank Howard and Harmon Killebrew trade home runs in regulation time, as the Sens and Twins head to extra innings, tied at 4. In the 10th, Howard trumps Killebrew with a game winning home run, Hondo's 35th, for a 5-4 Washington victory.

                            1971 The DC Armory Board, overseers of RFK Stadium, offers Washington owner Bob Short a compromise that would save the "financially strapped" owner $125,000 a year. In short, the proposal would allow Short to receive all food and beverage profits during the baseball season. But the proposal would not give Short parking revenues or forgive the $178,407.66 Short owed in back rent on RFK. Short replied, "It's a step in the right direction, but kind of late. If I can't use it this season (1971), it won't help much." Translation: "I'm moving the team to Texas." (Information courtesy of James R. Hartley's excellent book "Washington's Expansion Senators".)

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                            The stork is relegated to bench duty today as there were no future Senators players ever born on August 22nd in any year.
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                            • August 23

                              1906 The "Hitless Wonders", the White Sox, earn their 19th straight victory, defeating Washington, 4-1, in D.C. Chicago's 19 game win streak will be an AL record until it is duplicated by the Yankees in 1947.

                              1912 The Big Train reels of his 16th consecutive victory, rolling past the Tigers in Washington, 8-1. Johnson is now 29-7 on the season. The 16 straight victories is still an AL record, shared by Johnson, "Smokey" Joe Wood and Lefty Grove.

                              1953 The Senators are nipped by visiting Boston, 5-4. Batting in the 6th spot, Red Sox starting pitcher Mel Parnell collects 2 hits before departing. Ted Williams' homer in the top of the 7th ties the game and future Nat, Karl Olson, wins it for Boston with a 9th inning double.

                              1963 Firmly embedded in 10th place, the Nats return home from a 9 game road trip and are flattened by the Angels, 17-0. Two ML records are tied in the contest. The first is Los Angeles 1B Lee Thomas taking part in a ML tying 6 double plays. The second is Angels 3B Felix Torres starting 4 of those DP's, a ML tying mark for 3B. The Angels place 19 hits, with only 5 of those hits being for extra bases. The Sens meager offense can only dig up 3 harmless hits of Halos' starter Ken McBride.

                              Senators Birthdays

                              Don Gilberto Torres B Aug. 23, 1915 D Jan. 10, 1983

                              Here's an interesting career: Gil Torres first appeared with the Washington Senators as a pitcher for 2 games in 1940. He wouldn't return to the Senators until 1944, playing 3 seasons as an infielder.

                              Another member of the oft referred to Cuban Connection, Gil Torres is the son of Ricardo Torres, who played 22 games as a catcher/1st baseman for the Senators from 1920-1922.

                              Gil Torres would make his major league debut in late April of 1940, pitching in 2 games, giving up 3 hits and 1 run (unearned) with 1 strikeout and leaving with an ERA of 0.00.

                              Torres would reappear in 1944, playing primarily at 3rd base. He made appearances in 134 games and hit 140 for 524, good for a .267 BA with 20 doubles and 6 triples.

                              In 1945, Torres would find a home at shortstop, play in 147 games and hit .237 with 12 doubles and 5 triples.

                              Torres would return for 1 last season in 1946. His playing time would be reduced to 63 games but he'd raise his BA to .254. He'd also pitch in 3 games, pitching in 7 innings but his ERA would swell to 7.71. Torres would play in his last game for the Senators, and in the majors, in mid-September of 1946.

                              Gil Torres career record
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                              • August 24

                                1913 With the Senators ahead, 2-1, in the bottom of the 9th, two Chicago baserunners reach base off Walter Johnson. With two on and two outs, Johnson's 13 game winning streak looks to be in peril with Eddie Collins strolling to the plate. The Big Train is up to the task and strikes out Collins for the final out, securing Washington's 66th victory and running his own win streak to 14.

                                1914 Following the Tigers 3-1 victory in the opener, both teams combine to hit 7 batters, a then ML record, in the second contest. Jim Shaw, Al Bentley, Harry Harper and Jim Stevens plunk 4 Tigers. The Tiger's Hook Dauss answers by hitting 3 Nats. Nonetheless, the game is never in question with guest Detroit winning an 11-0 laugher to finish off the sweep.

                                1923 The Nats, avenging a 22-2 loss two weeks prior to Cleveland, pour it on and gallop to a 20-8 win in Cleveland. Sam Rice scores 5 runs for Washington.

                                1952 Hoping to get back in the pennant chase, the Nats best the 2nd place Tribe, 9-8, in 16 innings. Cleveland can only thank themselves for the defeat, as all 9 of Washington's runs are unearned. Early Wynn fails to retire a single Senator batter in the bottom of the 16th, absorbing the loss in relief. On the outskirts of the race, 4th place Washington creeps to within 7.5 games back of leading New York.

                                1966 Rallying for 2 runs in the bottom of the 11th, the Senators defeat Minnesota, 6-5. Ken McMullen's run scoring single off Twins reliever Dwight Siebler seals the come from behind victory.

                                1969 The Nats take the rubber match of a 3 games series at Kansas City, routing the Royals, 10-3. The Nats erase a 3-2, 1st inning deficit by scoring 8 unanswered runs. The big blow is Bernie Allen's two run double in the 3rd, which puts Washington in the lead for good. Casey Cox, after a shaky 1st inning, settles in and collects the complete game victory.

                                Senators Birthdays

                                Albert Bool B Aug. 24, 1897 D Sep. 27, 1981

                                Al Bool began his brief major league career as a "Senators Short Timer" in 1928, when he appeared in 2 games. A catcher, Bool would go for 1 for 7 at the plate with 1 RBI.

                                Returning to the majors in 1930, Bool would have his most active season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing in 78 games and hitting .259.

                                Waived by the Pirates after the season, he'd be picked up by the Boston Braves, playing in just 49 games, his last major league appearance coming in late September of 1931.

                                Al Bool career record

                                Harold Lloyd Griggs B Aug. 24, 1928 D May 10, 2005

                                Hal Griggs spent his 4 year major league career in a Washington Senators uniform, from 1956 through 1959. He'd compile a collective 6-26 record with a 5.50 career ERA. Griggs' last major league game would be in late September of 1959.

                                Hal Griggs career record

                                Luis Abelardo Suarez B Aug. 24, 1916 D June 5, 1991

                                Luis Suarez, another member of the Senators' Cuban Connection, also gets tagged with the label of "One Game Wonder" having been served his major league cup of coffee on May 28th of 1944 when he played 3rd base and made 2 plate appearances, going hitless.

                                Luis Suarez career record

                                Harold Joseph Woodeshick B Aug. 24, 1932 D Jun. 14, 2009

                                Hal Woodeshick is 1 of 9 major leaguers to have played for both the original and expansion Senators franchises.

                                Originally signed by the Phillies organization in 1950 when he was 18 years old, Woodeshick would bounce around the minors, becoming property of the New York Giants and would eventually be drafted by the Detroit Tigers after the 1955 season.

                                Making his major league debut in late September of 1956, Woodeshick would go 0-2 for Detroit.

                                He wouldn't make it back to the majors in 1957, but would be back in a big league uniform in 1958 on the roster of the Cleveland Indians.

                                After 1 season in Cleveland, Woodeshick would be traded to the original Senators franchise, along with Hal Naragon, for Ed Fitz Gerald.

                                In 1959, Woodeshick would appear in 31 games, posting a 2-4 record with a 3.69 ERA. Back in Washington for the 1960 season, Woodeshick would go 4-5 in 41 games with a 4.70 ERA in 115 innings.

                                After the original Senators headed northwest to Minnesota, Woodeshick was selected in the expansion draft by the "new" Senators.

                                Woodeshick would only pitch in 7 games for the expansion club, going 3-2 with a 4.02 ERA when he'd be traded again, this time back to Detroit in exchange for Chuck Cottier. He'd go 1-1 in 12 games for the Tigers and would be purchased at season's end by the expansion Houston Colt 45's.

                                Woodeshick would enjoy some success in Houston, pitching in 139 innings in 1962. In 1963, he'd go 11-9 for the 45's and be selected to the National League All Star squad. In 1964, he'd lead the National League with 21 saves for a team that finished 66-96.

                                Traded one last time in early June of 1965, Woodeshick would end up on the roster of the St. Louis Cardinals where he'd remain through 1967.

                                In 1967, Woodeshick's final season, he'd pitch in 36 games, posting a 2-1 record. He'd appear in 1 game of the '67 World Series for the World Champion Cardinals when they defeated the Boston Red Sox 4 games to 3. Not a bad way to end a career.

                                Hal Woodeshick career record
                                Last edited by Aa3rt; 03-27-2010, 11:09 PM.

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