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  • September 7

    1907 After getting swept yesterday at Boston, Washington turns the tables on the Red Sox today. Walter Johnson outduels Boston's Cy Morgan, 1-0, the first of the Big Train's 38 career 1-0 wins. Washington wins the second game, 4-1.

    1908 Carrying only 3 pitchers on the trip to New York, Nationals manager Joe Cantillion once again turns to his young phenom, Walter Johnson. Barney, despite getting struck in the ribs by a Jack Chesbro spitball, delivers again, collecting his 3rd shutout in 4 days against the Highlanders, 4-0. Johnson had blanked New York in the first two games of this series, 3-0 and 6-0. In the second game of this holiday doubleheader, the Highlanders finally score off Nats P Tom Hughes, but the Nationals coast, 9-3.

    1925 Losers of 10 straight, 2nd place Philadelphia needs a sweep of a 4 game home series against the Senators to get back into the pennant chase. Frontrunning Washington promptly dashes the A's hopes by sweeping a twinbill, 2-1 and 7-6. Winner Walter Johnson strokes 3 hits off Lefty Grove in the A.M. game. In the P.M contest, 36,000 look on as the A's drop their 12th straight, falling 9 games off the pace.

    1928 Now bystanders in the pennant race, the Nats bounce the Yankees in a pair in the Bronx, 11-0 and 6-1. Nats P Bump Hadley and Firpo Marberry record the victories. The Yanks, who had a 13.5 game lead on July 1, are now tied atop the standings with Philadelphia.

    1941 In a Sunday doubleheader at Shibe Park, the Sens broom the A's, 3-2 and 4-2. Rookie Early Wynn collects the 1st of his 300 career victories in the nightcap, scattering 6 hits. Sadly, only 73 of those 300 wins comes in a Washington uniform.

    1953 Bobo Newsom, now an Athletic and in his final season, gets roasted by the Senators in the first of two, 13-2. Eddie Yost scores 5 times in the rout. The Senators complete the job in game two, behind Bob Porterfield, winning, 6-3.

    1954 A crowd of 460 gather in Griffith Stadium, the smallest attendance in Griffith Stadium history, to witness the Nats win over the A's. Washington's Ed Fitz Gerald's run scoring single in the 8th proves to be the difference in the 5-4 victory.

    1969 Not known for his long ball prowess, Del Unser's 10th inning, pinch hit, home run off Jim Lonborg is the pivotal blow in the Nat's 3-2 win in Fenway. Frank Howard powers his 44th homer of the year off Lonborg in the 6th. Casey Cox (11-5) pitches 5 innings of no run relief for starter Jim Hannan, who is chased from the rubber after the 4th.

    Senators Birthdays

    John Anthony Flynn B 9/7/1883 D 3/23/1935

    First baseman John Flynn began his 3 year major league career as a 26 year old rookie with the 1910 version of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Playing in 96 games, Flynn would hit .274 with 10 doubles, 2 triples and 6 home runs. Back with the Pirates in 1911, Flynn's BA would drop over 70 points and he'd be sold to St. Paul of the American Association in August of that year.

    Drafted by Washington, Flynn would play in 20 games for the Senators in 1912 where his BA would drop another 34 points and he'd be gone from the Senators, and the major leagues, in mid-May.

    John Flynn career record

    Henry Edson (Eddie) Matteson B Sep. 7, 1884 D Sep. 1, 1943

    Eddie Matteson spent 2 years in the majors, pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1914 and spending a portion of 1918 with the Washington Senators.

    Debuting with the Phillies in late May of 1914, Matteson would post a 3-2 record with a 3.10 ERA.

    Returning to the major leagues in 1918, Matteson would go 5-3 for the Senators with a respectable 1.73 ERA but would disappear from the majors after that season.

    "Eddie" Matteson career record

    William Fort McAfee B Sep. 7, 1907 D Jul. 8, 1958

    Bill McAfee began his 5 year major league sojurn in 1930, appearing in 2 games for the Chicago Cubs. Traded to the Boston Braves, McAfee would appear in 18 games for the Braves in 1931, posting an 0-1 record with a 6.37 ERA.

    In early August of the 1931 season, McAfee was traded to the Baltimore Orioles, then of the International League.

    Making his way on to the Senators roster for the 1932 season, McAfee would have his best year, going 6-1 in 8 games with a 3.92 ERA. 1933 would find McAfee still with the Senators, pitching in 27 games where he'd go 3-2 but would see his ERA rise to 6.62.

    Sent to the St. Louis Cardinals after the 1933 season as the "Player to be named later" in a trade for Ed Chapman, McAfee was purchased by the St. Louis Browns prior to the start of the 1934 season.

    McAfee would have his most active season with the Browns, pitching in 28 games for 61.2 innings. He'd finish the season with a 1-0 record and an ERA of 5.84, marking the end of his major league career.

    Bill McAfee career record
    Last edited by Steve Jeltz; 09-07-2008, 07:10 PM.


    • I remember that game

      Del Unser came in as a pinch hitter and slammed a home run! Foreshadowed what he would do with the Phillies over a decade later in their World Series run.


      • Originally posted by TallIndian View Post
        Del Unser came in as a pinch hitter and slammed a home run! Foreshadowed what he would do with the Phillies over a decade later in their World Series run.

        Del Unser had a big pinch hitting year for the 1979 Phillies too, one year before the 1980 World Series winners. He tied an MLB record by slamming pinch hit home runs in 3 consecutive PH at bats on June 30, July 5 and July 10 of 1979 for the Phillies. He also went a phenomenal 5 for 11 with 3 doubles 3 RBI and 4 runs scored for the 1980 champions in post season play. He accounted for 7 of a Phils total of 47 runs in 11 total games in the 2 series. Quite a batting performance by a PH for sure!


        • September 8

          1917 The Nats and Yankees exchange shutouts in a pair in D.C. New York's Ray "Slim" Caldwell's 2-0, game one blanking is his first shutout of the year. In the second game, Nats P Doc Ayers whitewashes the Yanks, 5-0, the 3rd time Ayers has defeated New York in 8 days.

          1924 The road to the Nats first ever AL flag will be a tough haul. Today, Washington begins a 3 week, 20 game road trip to end the season with stops in every AL city except New York. The Nats get the road trip off on the right foot in Philadelphia, winning 8-4. Walter Johnson wins his 10th straight and number 20 overall. The 2nd place Yankees keep pace with a win in Boston, remaining 2 games back of the Senators.

          1945 President Harry Truman throws out the first ball and watches the 2nd place Nats, 4-1, victory over St. Louis. Former Brown Pete Appleton tosses a 5-hitter against his ex-mates. The Senators cannot make headway in the standings, staying at 1.5 games behind, thanks to league leading Detroit's victory at New York.

          1951 On Old Timers Day at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees honor former manager Joe McCarthy and defeat the Senators, 4-0. Yanks rookie Mickey Mantle snaps a scoreless tie in the 7th with an estimated 460 foot home run to right off Bob Porterfield.

          1958 Fearing that a move of the Senators would result in congressional action, AL owners pressure Calvin Griffith to keep the Senators in Washington. After the special meeting of the AL owners is adjourned in Chicago, Griffith notifies Minneapolis officials that the team will be staying in Washington. For now.

          Senators Birthdays

          Louis Mortimer Sleater B Sep. 8, 1926 Still Living

          Lou Sleater pitched for 6 teams over 7 seasons and was the property of at least 3 other organizations as he made his way through the major leagues.

          Originally signed by the Boston Braves in 1946, he'd be released and sign with the Chicago Cubs in 1947. The New York Giants would purchase his contract in 1950, however he'd be waivered and selected by the St. Louis Browns.

          Finally making it to the major leagues with the Browns in 1951, where he'd pitch 1 solitary inning, he'd be purchased by the New York Yankees at the end of July but returned to the Browns in mid-September.

          In 1952, Sleater would finally stay in the majors, at least for a while, as he appeared in 20 games for the Browns, pitching in 81 innings, posting a 1-9 record with a 5.11 ERA.

          Back with the Browns for the start of the 1952 season, Sleater would appear in 18 games, going 0-1 and then be traded in mid-May, along with Fred Marsh, to the Washington Senators for Cass Michaels. Finishing the 1952 campaign in Washington, Sleater would post a 4-2 record with the Senators.

          Sold to Toronto of the International League, Sleater would not see major league action in 1953 or 1954 as his contract was once again purchased by the New York Yankees. Prior to the start of the 1955 season, Sleater would find his contract purchased again, this time by the newly-relocated Kansas City Athletics.

          After going 1-1 in 16 games for Kansas City in '55, Sleater would be drafted by the organization where it all started, the Braves, now playing in Milwaukee. Sleater would appear in 25 games in a Braves uniform in 1956, posting a 3-3 record with a 3.15 ERA.

          Released by the Braves at the start of 1957, he'd be picked up by the Detroit Tigers where he'd have his most active season in 1958, pitching in 41 games, going 3-3 with an ERA of 3.76.

          Sleater started the 1958 season in Detroit, appearing in 4 games, pitching just 5.1 innings before being purchased one last time by the Baltimore Orioles, where he'd pitch in 6 games, post a 1-0 record but would see his ERA increase to an ugly 12.86.

          Sleater wouldn't appear with the Orioles in 1959 and was given his release at the end of the 1959 season, closing the book on the "Lou Sleater Major League Travelogue".

          Lou Sleater career record

          Valentine John Picinich B Sep. 8, 1896 D Dec. 5, 1942

          September 8th must be the day of the "Travelin' Man" as our next birthday boy, catcher Val Picinich, was another wanderer who spent 18 years in the major leagues with 6 different teams.

          Debuting way back in 1916 with the Philadelphia Athletics, Picinich played in 40 games in his rookie season, hitting just .195. Pichinich would play in just 2 games for the A's in 1917.

          On the Senators roster from 1918 through 1922, Picinich would have his best season at the plate in 1921, hitting .277 in 45 games, going 39 for 141 with 9 doubles and 12 RBIs.

          Traded to the Boston Red Sox prior to the start of the 1923 season, along with Ed Goebel and Howie Shanks for Muddy Ruel and Allen Russell, Picinich would remain in Boston through 1925.

          Purchased by the Cincinnati Reds, Picinich would spend 1926 through 1928 in Cincinnati and would be traded at the start of the 1929 season to the Brooklyn Dodgers.

          Picinich would remain in Brooklyn through mid-May of 1933 when he was released after appearing in just 6 games. Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Picinich would finish his career with the Pirates that season.

          The final line on Picinich-1037 games, 2877 AB, 743 hits including 166 doubles, 26 triples, 26 home runs, and a career BA of .258.

          Val Picinich career record
          Last edited by Aa3rt; 09-08-2008, 08:01 AM.


          • September 9

            1914 For the 3rd time this season, New York's Jack Warhop drops a 1-0 decision to the home Senators. It is Warhop's 5th 1-0 defeat of the year, tying the AL record set by Detroit's Bill Donovan in 1903.

            1916 Walter Johnson goes the distance, allowing 2 runs, but Babe Ruth surrenders only 1 run, in a, 2-1, Red Sox win in Washington. It is the 4th time this season that the Big Train has been bested by the Babe. Washington's splits the doubleheader with a 10 inning, 4-3, victory in the finale.

            1938 Lou Gehrig raises his average to over .300 with 4 hits and appears in his 2,100th consecutive game. Behind the pitching of former Nat Bump Hadley, the Yanks are victorious in Washington, 3-0.

            1967 The Senators tally all their runs in the 5th for a 4-0 triumph over California at D.C. Stadium. Dick Nen's 3-run triple and Cap Petersen's RBI single accounts for Washington's 4 runs. Darold Knowles (6-7) bags the win in relief of an injured Camilo Pascual.

            Senators Birthdays

            Luther Baxter (Bud) Thomas B Sep. 9, 1910 D May 5, 2001

            Bud Thomas qualifies as a Senators Short Timer, for while he pitched in 143 games in his major league career, only 8 of those appearances were in a Senators uniform, during 2 separate stints in Washington.

            Debuting with the Senators in mid-September of 1932, Thomas would appear in just 2 games, pitching 3 innings, giving up 1 hit, 2 walks and striking out 1, finishing the season with a 0.00 ERA.

            In 1933, Thomas pitched in another 2 games for the Senators, with less spectacular results. In 4 innings of work, Thomas would surrender 11 hits and 7 runs, finishing his short season with an ERA of 15.75.

            Thomas wouldn't find his way back to the majors until 1937 when he'd post an 8-15 record with the Philadelphia Athletics. Back with the A's in 1938, he'd go 9-14.

            1939 found Thomas starting the year with the Athletics, where he'd appear in 2 games, going 0-1. Waivered by the A's on May 1st, Thomas would be picked up by the Senators again, where he'd spend just a little over 2 weeks on the roster, pitching 9 innings in 4 games, giving up 6 earned runs, for an ERA of 6.00.

            Waivered again, Thomas would be picked up by the Detroit Tigers, where he'd finish the 1939 season, posting a 7-0 record while appearing in 27 games.

            Thomas would remain with the Tigers in 1940 & 1941 where he'd end his major league career.

            "Bud" Thomas career record

            Harold Thompson B Sep. 9, 1889 D Feb. 14, 1951

            Single Season Senator Harry Thompson pitched in 12 games for the Senators in 1919, going 0-4 with a 3.53 ERA. He'd be picked up by the Philadelphia Athletics, pitch in another 3 games, going 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and end his career in late June of the 1919 season.

            Harry Thompson career record
            Last edited by Aa3rt; 09-09-2008, 08:10 AM.


            • September 10

              1935 In Griffith, the Nats thump the Tigers, 6-0. Detroit sprays 6 hits off winner Bobo Newsom. The Nats send losing pitcher Schoolboy Rowe to detention after 6 innings of work.

              1940 Truly a pitchers best friend. In the 9th inning at Comiskey, with Washington leading, 5-2, Nats P Ken Chase allows the first two White Sox batters to reach base. Further trouble is avoided when Chase induces Bob Kennedy to line into a triple play to preserve the Nats win.

              1950 In game one of a doubleheader, Joe DiMaggio becomes the first player ever to hit 3 home runs in one game at Griffith Stadium. DiMaggio also surpasses the 100 RBI mark for the 9th time in his storied career, as the Yankees rip the Senators, 8-1. The luckless Sens see their 6-2, 4th inning lead in the nightcap wiped out due to rain.

              1964 Brooks Robinson grounds into a triple play, but visiting Baltimore throttles the Senators, 12-5. Robinson collects 4 hits and 3 RBI. O's pitcher Milt Pappas labors for his 15th win.

              1970 Indians manager Alvin Dark decides to let his pitchers pitch to Frank Howard. Hondo responds with 2 home runs, his 41st and 42nd. However, the Tribe light up the Senators in Cleveland, 13-4. The Nats pitching foursome of Casey Cox, Jackie Brown, Jim Hannan and Jim Shellenback allow 17 hits with all 13 Cleveland runs being earned.

              Senators Birthdays

              Robert Chance B Sep. 10, 1940 Still Living

              Originally signed by the San Francisco Giants prior to the 1961 season, Bob Chance was traded to the Cleveland Indians organization. Chance would make his major league debut in early September of 1963, finishing out the season playing the outfield and batting .288.

              In 1964, he''d have his most active season, appearing in 120 games, primarily as a first baseman but still being utilized in the outfield and hitting .279.

              Traded to the Washington Senators, along with Woodie Held in exchange for Chuck Hinton, Chance would appear in 72 games in 1965, primarily at first base, hitting .256.

              Chance would be back with the Senators in 1966, but his batting average would drop to .175 and his playing time would drop accordingly as he only appeared in 37 games. He'd be optioned to Washington's AAA affiliate in Hawaii in mid-June, being recalled in early September.

              In 1967 he'd hit .214 and would only appear in 27 games in a Senators uniform, being sent back to Hawaii in early May once again, where he'd spend the summer before being recalled when the roster expanded in September.

              Washington would end their association with Hawaii and sign a working agreement with Buffalo prior to the 1968 season. Chance would be sent to Buffalo at the start of the 1968 season where he'd spend the entire year.

              Chance would be drafted by the California Angels prior to the start of play in 1969. He'd appear in just 5 games in an Angels uniform, his final major league game coming in late April of that year.

              Bob Chance career record

              Barney Pelty B Sep. 10, 1880 D May 24, 1939

              Barney Pelty spent 10 years in the major leagues, pitching in 266 games. His entire career was spent with the St. Louis Browns, with the exception of his final 11 games, played in the uniform of the Washington Senators.

              Beginning his career in 1903, when he went 3-3, Pelty had some very active, if not entirely successful years with the Browns. Probably his best year was 1906 when he went 16-11 with a 1.59 ERA, pitching in 260.2 innings. He'd post an 11-11 mark in 1909 with an ERA of 2.30.

              In 1912, after pitching in 6 games, with a 1-5 record, Pelty would be purchased by the Washington Senators, where he'd finish his career. In 11 games for the Senators, he'd go 1-4 with a 3.30 ERA.

              Barney Pelty career record
              Last edited by Aa3rt; 09-10-2008, 06:09 AM.


              • September 11

                1905 The Nationals shell the Americans at Boston, 14-0. The game is called after 7 innings due to darkness. The 14 runs is a Washington team record for a shutout that will be tied, but never broken.

                1917 Shoddy Nats fielding is not enough for the Red Sox in a 4-3 Washington win. All of Boston's runs are unearned off Walter Johnson, who tosses a 2 hitter at the visitors.

                1933 Continuing their march to their 3rd AL pennant, the Senators defeat the Indians in D.C., 5-1. With the Yankees losing, Washington's lead is now at 9.5 games.

                1949 On their way to a 104 loss season, Washington sets two inglorious ML records. A ML record 11 Yankees are walked in the bottom of the 3rd inning, with 4 different Yanks receiving 2 walks in the inning, another ML record. New York scores 12 runs in the 3rd of a 20-5 Yanks shredding of Washington in game one. In all, Senator pitching issues 17 walks in the game, with Nats P Buzz Dozier handing out 8 in mop up duty. The finale is called after 5 innings, with the Bombers completing the sweep, 2-1.

                Senator Birthdays

                Ellis Clary B Sept. 11, 1916 D June 2, 2000

                Infielder Ellis "Cat" Clary made his major league debut with the 1942 Senators. In 76 games that season, the Valdosta, GA native would hit .276 with 16 RBI.

                Clary would appear in 73 games for the Nats the following season before being shipped to the Browns with Ox Miller for INF Harlond Clift and P Johnny Niggeling in August of 1943.

                Clary would be a reserve on the Browns 1944 AL pennant winning squad, going hitless in 1 AB in the World Series against the Cardinals.

                The "Cat" closed his career in 1945 with the Browns.


                George Herbert Loepp B Sept. 11, 1901 D Sept. 4, 1967

                Breaking into the majors with the Red Sox in 1928, Loepp would appear in just 15 games for Boston, hitting .176.

                The outfielder would appear in a Washington uniform in 1930, batting .276 with 15 RBI in 50 games before vanishing from the big league scene.


                Monroe Barr Mitchell B Sept. 11, 1901 D Sept. 4, 1976

                Another one year wonder, the southpaw Mitchell pitched in 10 games for the 1923 Senators, compiling a 2-3 record with a robust 6.48 ERA.


                Frank R. Kitson B Sept. 11, 1869 D April 14, 1930

                Kitson began his 10 year journey as a 28 year old rookie in 1898 for the National League's Baltimore Orioles. Kitson would go 8-5 for the Orioles in his inaugral season.

                In 1899, Kitson would win 22 games for the Orioles, his best year ever. When Baltimore was among the 4 teams that was cut by the NL after 1899, Kitson would find himself with Brooklyn for 1900. Kitson would post consecutive 19 win seasons for the Superbas in 1901 and 1902.

                Jumping to Detroit at the height of the AL-NL war prior to 1903, Kitson began a slow decline. He posted 15-16, 8-13 and 12-14 W/L marks in 1903, 1904 and 1905, respectively.

                After 1905, Kitson was dealt to the Nationals for P Happy Townsend and would spend a portion of two years in the nation's capital. In Washington, Kitson would fare worse than he did in Detroit, going 6-14 with a 3.65 ERA in 1906 and 0-3 with a 3.94 in 1907.

                In May of 1907, the Nats sold Kitson to the Highlanders. New York would be the final destination of Kitson's career, with the righthander going 4-0 with a 3.10 ERA in 12 games.



                • September 12

                  1908 Walter Johnson starts for the 5th time in 9 days, replacing a sore armed Charley Smith. The Big Train wins for the 5th time in 9 days, defeating Eddie Plank and Philadelphia, 2-1. All of the 5 victories recorded by Johnson are complete game efforts.

                  1916 Walter Johnson and Babe Ruth have another showdown in Washington. Ruth appears on his way to the victory heading into the 9th, with his Red Sox ahead, 2-0. Washington loads the bases in the 9th when John Henry comes to the plate. Henry promptly laces a double off Ruth to tie and sends the contest into extra innings. The Red Sox score 1 run in the 10th off Walter Johnson, but the Nats rally again in the bottom frame off Ernie Shore, scoring twice to steal a 4-3 victory.

                  1932 Alvin "General" Crowder win his 8th game this year against the White Sox, 9-3. The 8 wins sets the ML record for most wins against one team in a single season.

                  1953 Bob Porterfield becomes the AL's first 20 game winner this season, edging the guest Indians, 4-3. The last pitcher to win 20 games for Washington was Wolff in 1945.

                  1962 Throwing well over 200 pitches, Senators P Tom Cheney establishes the ML record for strikeouts in a single game with 21 in the Senators, 2-1, 16 inning win at Baltimore. Bud Zipfel's 16th inning homer hands Washington the win.

                  1965 Called up from Hawaii 7 days ago, Senator Brant Alyea debuts with a pinch home run on the first pitch he sees in his first ML at bat.. It comes off the Angel's Rudy May in the Sens, 7-1, victory, before a scant crowd of 840 at D.C. Stadium.

                  Senators Birthdays

                  Albert "Albie" Gregory Pearson B Sept. 12, 1934, Still Living

                  Originally signed by the Red Sox in 1953, Pearson would play four seasons in the Sox minor league chain without reaching the big league squad in Boston. With his size working against him, Boston dealt the diminutive outfielder (5'5), along with Norm Zauchin, to the Senators for Pete Runnels on January, 23 1958.

                  While Runnels flourished in Beantown, Pearson would debut with a bang in 1958, winning AL Rookie of the Year honors. In 146 games with the Senators, Pearson batted .275 with 3 home runs and 33 RBI.

                  1959 would be a completely different story. Batting .188 in his first 25 games, the Sens deemed Pearson expendable and peddled him to the Orioles for Lenny Green in May of that year.

                  After languishing in Baltimore for 1 and a half seasons, Pearson would be plucked in the December, 1960 expansion draft by the Angels. In California, Pearson would find his niche, as well as the final stop of his major league career. The 1963 season would be the best season of his career, with an All Star appearance and a 14th place finish in the AL MVP voting.

                  Injuries curtailed Pearson's career, forcing him to hang it up after only 2 games in 1966.


                  David Rotchford Stenhouse B Sept.12, 1933, Still Living

                  Stenhouse was the property of two teams before breaking into the majors with as a 28 year old rookie with the 1962 Senators. The Rhode Island native was initially signed by the Cubs in 1955. After the 1958 season, Cincinnati would select Stenhouse in the minor league draft.

                  Traded by the Reds with Bob Schmidt to Washington for Johnny Klippstein and Marty Keough on December 15, 1961, the righthander would record a 11-12 record with a 3.65 ERA in 34 games in 1962. Stenhouse would also pitch in the All Star Game, allowing 1 run in 2 IP.

                  Following two ineffective seasons in 1963 (3-9, 4.55 ERA) and 1964 (2-7, 4.81 ERA), Stenhouse would depart from the majors for good.


                  George Thomas Bradshaw B Sept. 12, 1934 D Nov. 4, 1994

                  This catcher, in his only big league games, appeared in 10 games with the 1952 Nats, batting .217 with 0 home runs and 6 RBI.


                  Soule James McLeod B Sept. 12, 1908 D Aug. 3, 1981

                  Another Senators short timer, Jim McLeod would spend parts of two different seasons in Washington, with both stints being very short.

                  McLeod made his ML debut with the Sens in 1930. In 18 games, McLeod hit .265.

                  Returning to the nation's capital in 1932, McLeod would not get an official at bat in 7 games, drawing 1 walk and scoring a run.

                  1933 would find McLeod in Philadelphia, plying his trade for the A's. In his most active year, the infielder would bat a paltry .194 in 67 games, his last year.


                  Robert Groom B Sept. 12, 1884 D Feb. 19, 1948

                  Bob Groom would have a 10 year career, including a 2 year stint in the Federal League. Groom's 1912 season of 24-13 with the Nats, his first team, was, by far, his best year.

                  Groom would jump to the St. Louis Terriers of the FL prior to 1914. He led the circuit with 20 losses in 1914.

                  The career of Groom would close in 1918 following stops with the Browns in 1916 and 1917 and Cleveland in 1918.

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                  • September 13

                    1924 Walter Johnson decisions Detroit's Earl Whitehill, 6-4, in the Motor City. The Yankees stay 1 GB with a win in Chicago. Later in the evening, Johnson is informed that he is the winner of the AL MVP award, gaining 55 of 64 points. The runner up for the MVP is White Sox 2B Eddie Collins.

                    1945 Recently discharged from the Navy, Nat P Walt Masterton makes his first start of the year. Masterton is splendid in a 2-hit, 4-0, shutout in Griffith. Again, Washington creeps to within a half game of first place Detroit, who lost in Philadelphia.

                    1960 A two out home run off the bat of Chicago's Nellie Fox in the 11th gives the Pale Hose a 6-5 win at Comiskey. For Fox, it is only his 2nd homer of the season. Harmon Killebrew blasts his 30th home run, a 2-run shot of former teammate Russ Kemmerer in the 7th.

                    1963 Jimmy Piersall is arrested for disorderly conduct for charging into the stands to chase a heckling fan prior to a game in Baltimore. The charges against the Senator OF are eventually dropped. In the game, Joe Hicks replaces Piersall in CF, but the O's run over Washington, 7-1. O's winning pitcher Chuck Estrada belts one of the three Oriole home runs in the contest.

                    1969 The defending World Series champion Tigers are eliminated from the AL East race with a 11-6 loss to the Nats in RFK. 3B Ken McMullen bangs out 4 hits and 5 RBI, including a 3-run homer in a 5-run Senator 6th inning. Darold Knowles goes to 7-3, hurling 3 innings of 2-hit, no run, relief.

                    Senators Birthdays

                    Morris Woodroe Aderholt B Sept. 13, 1915 D Mar. 18, 1955

                    Morrie Aderholt actually made his ML debut with the Senators on his 24th birthday in 1939. Aderholt appeared sparingly with Washington over 3 seasons as a 2B and 3B, getting into 7, 1 and 11 games respectively.

                    After a 3 year absence due to WWII, Aderholt returned in 1944 as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Aderholt would stay in Brooklyn until being placed on waivers in August of 1945.

                    Claimed by the Boston Braves, Aderholt would post his best numbers during the final months of that 1945 season. In his final 31 ML games, he would hit at a .333 clip, with 2 homers and 11 RBI for Boston. However, those stats were not enough to prevent Boston from selling Aderholt to Indianapolis of the American Association after the year.


                    John Millard Campbell B Sept. 13, 1907 D April 24, 1995

                    This righthander from Washington D.C. is another Senator one game wonder. Campbell entered the Senators Coffee Shop on July 23, 1933, pitching the last inning of a 12-8 Sens loss to Detroit. Campbell allowed 1 hit, 1 walk and an unearned run.


                    Samuel Byren Crane B Sept. 13, 1894 D Nov. 12, 1955

                    Sam Crane would play parts of 7 seasons in the majors with A's, Senators, Reds and Brooklyn Robins. Crane compiled a lifetime .208 BA in 174 career games.

                    Washington purchased the INF from Philadelphia on February 3, 1917. Crane saw action in 32 games that season, hitting .179 with 4 RBI before vanishing for two years.

                    Crane returned to the majors with the Reds in 1920, upping his average to .215. In 1921, the light hitting infielder established a career bests of 73 games and 16 RBI with Cincinnati.

                    Sold to the Robins on January 24, 1922, Crane would appear in 3 games for Brooklyn before disappearing for good.


                    Walter Henry (Dutch) Ruether B Sept. 13, 1893 D May 16, 1970

                    Dutch Ruether had an 11 year ML career with 5 different clubs. Overall, Ruether would compile an impressive 137-95 lifetime W/L mark, but a lack of command around the strike zone resulted in more career walks than strikeouts.

                    Ruether commenced his 11 year journey with the Cubs in 1917. A 2-0 record with a 2.48 ERA was not enough to prevent the Cubs from placing Ruether on waivers, where the southpaw was claimed by the Reds in July of 1917.

                    Ruether's breakout season came in 1919 with the world champion Reds. In 29 starts, despite more walks than strikeouts, Ruether went 19-6 with a 1.82 ERA. In the infamous World Series that year against the "Black Sox", Ruether was 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in 2 games.

                    On December 15, 1920, Ruether was shipped to the Robins for Rube Marquard. A 10-13, 4.55 mark in 1921 did not immediately endear Ruether to the Brooklyn faithful, but he bounced back in 1922 with a 21-12, 3.53 record.

                    Following 2 more years as a Robin, Ruether would be sold to Washington on September 17, 1924. Even though he did not appear in any games with the world champion Senators, Ruether would make his impact for the Senators in 1925. Ruether racked up an 18-7, 3.87 ERA log for the AL champions. But, as would be the theme of his career, wildness plagued Ruether's season when he struck out 68 and issued 105 bases on balls. Ruether's lack of control was the main reason manager Bucky Harris eschewed starting Dutch in that year's World Series loss to Pittsburgh.

                    After starting 1926 with a 12-6 record, but with an ERA near 5, the Senators sent Ruether packing to the Yankees on August 27 for two players to be named later (Garland Braxton and Nick Cullop). The lefthander went 2-3 down the stretch for New York with a 3.50 ERA. Ruether would lose his only start of that season's World Series to the Cardinals.

                    In his final major league season with the famed 1927 Yankees, Dutch would post a 13-6 W/L, 3.38 ERA in 26 starts. As in 1925, Ruether would not participate in the 1927 Yankees World Series romp of the Pirates.


                    Michael Joseph McNally B Sept. 13, 1893 D May 29, 1965

                    A light hitting infielder, McNally carved out a 11 year major league career with the Red Sox, Yankees and Senators.

                    Only 12 of McNally's 492 lifetime games came in a Senators uniform. McNally would close out his 11 year tenure with the 1925 Senators. In those 12 games, he would collect 3 hits in 21 AB, for a .143 average.

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                    • September 14

                      1901 Cy Young of Boston scores his 30th win of the year, a 12-1 dismantling of the Nationals.

                      1915 The Nats George Dumont debuts with a bang, whitewashing visiting Cleveland, 3-0. Both of Dumont's 2 victories this season are shutouts.

                      1935 Galloping to their 5th straight win, the Senators topple the Tribe, 5-1, in Washington. Bobo Newsom goes the distance, despite 5 hits from the bat of Cleveland's Earl Averill.

                      1941 A 3-6 triple play (Mickey Vernon to Cecil Travis) and his own bat helps Sid Hudson to a 2-0 win over the Tigers at Griffith. Hudson scores twice for the Nats and collects his 6th win of the year over the Bengals.

                      1947 The Senators drop a home Sunday doubleheader to Detroit. In the opener, Tigers rookie Vic Wertz cycles and scores 5 times and George Kell pounds 4 safeties as Detroit piles up 16 runs in a 16-6 rout. Wertz crosses the plate twice in the nightcap, an 8-4 Tiger victory.

                      1955 Herb Score of the Indians strikes out 9 Senators to break Grover Cleveland Alexander's rookie record of 227 strikeouts, but Score does not get a decision in the Nats, 3-2, win. Washington's Ernie Oravetz's run scoring single in the bottom of the 7th is the crucial blow, which hands Cleveland reliever Ray Narleski his 1st loss of the year.

                      1962 Shortly after his hearing on his disorderly conduct charge, Jimmy Piersall is knocked unconscious in his Baltimore hotel by a revolving door. While Piersall nursed a headache that evening, Senator bats remained slumber in a home game with Chicago. The pop gun Sens offense musters only 3 hits off Chicago's Joel Horlen in a 2-0 loss.

                      Senators Birthdays

                      Fred Allen Green B Sept. 14, 1933 D Dec. 22, 1996

                      Except for a very short stint with the Senators, the lefthander was the property of Pittsburgh for the duration of his 5 partial seasons.

                      Green would appear on the roster of the Senators in 1962 after being claimed on waivers the previous September. In 5 games, all in relief, Green would go 0-1 with an ERA of 4.79.



                      • September 15

                        1911 Jimmy McAleer becomes the first Washington manager not to fired. Instead, he tenders his resignation to become a part owner of the Red Sox, effective after the season.

                        1917 Behind Harry Harper in game one and Walter Johnson in game two, the Nats toss aside the visiting A's, 5-0 and 4-0.

                        1940 7th place Washington defeats 1st place Detroit‚ 6-1‚ behind knuckleballer Dutch Leonard. Fred Hutchinson is the losing pitcher for the home team.

                        1945 Trailing the Tigers by a half game for 1st place, Washington begins a huge 5 game series at Griffith against Detroit. Playing two games today, the Senators miss a golden opportunity to take over the top spot. Washington chases Hal Newhouser in the opener, but the Tigers break a 6th inning tie to take the contest, 7-4. The Senators are downed again in the nightcap, 7-3, when the Bengals, again, snap a 6th inning tie. The losses drop the Sens to 2.5 games back.

                        1969 The Senators overcome a 2-0, 8th inning hole at RFK to rally for a 3-2 win over the Orioles. Mike Epstein's triple drives in Del Unser and Lee Maye to knot the game in the 8th. In the 9th, with starter Jim Palmer still on the hill, Ed Brinkman's single brings home Toby Harrah for the victory.

                        Senators Birthdays

                        Nicholas Altrock B Sept. 15, 1876 D Jan. 20, 1965

                        Altrock is probably most renowned for his comedy duo with Senator teammates Gemany Schaefer and Al Schacht. Despite winning only 2 games in his Senator career, Altrock provided needed comedy relief for some bad to mediocre Washington teams in the 1910's. Along with Schaefer and, later, Schacht, the duo would don clown makeup for games and develop about 150 pantomime routines to entertain fans. One of Altrock's more popular gimmicks was to mimic umpires from the coaches box during games, which did not endear Altrock to the arbiters.

                        It is easy to forget that this lefthander was, prior to his arrival in D.C. in 1909, one of the better pitchers in the AL. After debuting with the NL's Louisville Colonels in 1898 and a short stint with the Boston Americans, Altrock found his niche with the White Sox. From 1904-1906, Altrock won 19, 23 and 20 games for the White Sox. In the 1906 World Series against the cross town Cubs, the southpaw went 1-1 with a 1.00 ERA in the "Hitless Wonders" upset of the favored Cubs. Altrock was also a fine fielding pitcher and still holds some fielding records for pitchers.

                        On the last day of the 1933 season, Altrock, 57 years old, entered the record books by becoming the oldest player, at the time, to appear in a major league game. As well, he also became the first to play in 5 different decades. He would stay on the Washington baseball scene as a Senator's coach until 1959.


                        Link to an article on the SABR website

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                        • September 16

                          1945 At Washington, the Nats, after 10 straight losses to Hal Newhouser, finally defeat the Detroit ace, 3-2. Roger Wolff of the Nats gets his 19th win. The Tigers maintain their 2.5 game lead by trimming the Senators, 5-4, in the nightcap.

                          1961 In a deal that will pay dividends for Washington, the Senators deal 1B Dave Sisler and cash to Cincinnati for P Claude Osteen.

                          1971 Bill Veeck and Hank Greenberg enter into the bidding to purchase the Senators from Bob Short. Today, Veeck met with Short concerning the purchase of the franchise. Both sides reported progress in their negotiations and agreed to meet at a later date.

                          On the field, Dick Bosman goes the route, but the Sens drop their 8th straight contest, losing in Detroit, 3-1.

                          Senators Birthdays

                          Vito John Valentinetti B Sept. 16, 1928, Still Living

                          Before arriving in Washington, Vito Valentinetti pitched in five different organizations. Among the teams that Valentinetti pitched for were the White Sox, with whom he made his debut in 1954, Cubs, Indians and Tigers. He also toiled in Brooklyn's farm system in 1957 after being traded by the Cubs.

                          The Senators acquired the righthander from Detroit on June 23, 1958 for Al Cicotte. Valentinetti appeared in 23 games that year, posting a 4-6 record with a hefty 5.08 ERA, mostly as a reliever.

                          Valentinetti was dealt to the Orioles for Billy Loes on April 1, 1959. When the trade was voided, Valentinetti returned to the Sens bullpen and promptly gave up 12 runs in 10.2 IP in his final big league action.


                          Preston James (Dick) Robertson B Sept. 16, 1891 D Oct. 2, 1944

                          The Rockville, MD native came onto the scene in 1913 with Cincinnati. In 2 games with the Reds, Robertson went 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA.

                          Five years would separate Robertson's next major league stint, this time in Brooklyn in 1918. For the Robins, the righthander logged a 3-6 mark in 13 appearances.

                          Robertson would make his cameo Senators appearance in 1919, going 0-1 with a 2.28 ERA in 7 contests.



                          • September 17

                            1916 The Browns George Sisler wins his final game as a pitcher, besting Walter Johnson, 1-0, in St. Louis. Sisler will become St. Louis' regular first sacker in 1917.

                            1923 It's two wins in a single day for the Big Train. In home twinbill against St. Louis, Johnson relieves in the opener of the 5-4, 10 inning Nats victory. As the starter in game two, Johnson receives ample run support in a 12-2 win that is called after 7 innings.

                            1924 The Senators now find themselves in dead heat with New York atop the AL. Even though Washington wins in Cleveland, 3-2, the Yanks sweep a doubleheader in St. Louis, which enables the New Yorkers to climb into a tie for 1st.

                            1934 The Nats sock it to the Tribe at Cleveland, 13-6. Washington torches Cleveland pitching for 21 hits, with Pete Sosko leading the parade with 5 hits. 18 year old Reese Diggs pitches the complete game for the Nats, his only major league win.

                            1953 Bob Porterfield records his 21st victory, downing Chicago, 3-2, in D.C. Porterfield's 21 wins are the most for a Washington hurler since Alvin Crowder (24) and Earl Whitehill (22) in 1933.

                            1955 Brooks Robinson makes a 2-for-4 debut, as the hometown O's stop the Senators, 3-1.

                            1960 Falling to a game above .500, Washington loses at home to Boston, 2-1. Ted Williams' 2-run home run off Pedro Ramos in the 6th is the key blow. For Washington, Jim Lemon clouts his 38th of the year. The Senators will go on to lose 15 of their final 18 contests before departing for Minnesota.

                            1970 Dick Bosman fires a 5 hitter over Baltimore at RFK, winning 2-0. Nonetheless, the Orioles clinch the AL East with the Yankees loss to Boston. For Washington, this is their final win of 1970, as they will lose their final 14 decisions.

                            1971 American League owners announce that a special meeting will be held on September 21 to discuss the financial state of Bob Short. When Short is asked whether he will seek permission from the AL owners to move the team to Texas, Short replies, "I'm trying to work this thing out and keep the team in Washington."

                            Senators Birthdays

                            7 Senator birthdays to note on this September 17.

                            Cisco Carlos B Sept. 17, 1940, Still Living

                            Cisco Carlos was purchased from the White Sox, his original team, in August of 1969. In 6 games, Carlos would go 1-1 for the Nats during the latter part of 1969.

                            The righthander would begin 1970 in Denver, Washington's triple A affiliate. Recalled in September, Carlos posted a 1.50 ERA in 5 relief appearances before leaving the majors.


                            Carl Edward Bouldin B Sept. 17, 1939, Still Living

                            Another righthanded pitcher, Bouldin pitched his entire big league career with the expansion Senators. Unfortunately, Bouldin appeared in only 27 games from 1961 to 1964, earning a lifetime mark of 3-8 and an ERA of 6.15.


                            Leslie Earl Peden B Sept. 17, 1923 D Feb. 11, 2002

                            Peden, a catcher, appeared in 9 games for the 1953 Senators. The Rule 5 draftee from the Cubs organization hit for a .250 average with 1 HR and 1 RBI in his short major league journey.


                            Allen Jones Gettel B Sept. 17, 1947 D Apr. 8, 2005

                            The definition of a journeyman, this pitcher hurled for the Yankees, Cleveland, White Sox, Senators, NY Giants and Cardinals over a 10 year career spanning from 1945-1955.

                            Gettel's stay as a Senator would be for 1 month and 3 days in 1949. Purchased from the White Sox on July 12, the native of Norfolk, VA chalked up an 0-2 mark with a 5.45 ERA in 16 games. On August 15, the Senators sold Gettel to Oakland of the PCL.


                            Thomas Livingstone Carlton Taylor B Sept. 17, 1892 D Apr. 5, 1956

                            Unlike other short time Senators, Tommy Taylor's short stay was unique. Taylor's moment in the sun was starting game 7 of the 1924 World Series at 3B, when Ossie Bluege was forced to play SS in place of an injured Roger Peckinpaugh. Coincidentially, that would also be Taylor's final major league game. Taylor went hitless in 2 AB in that World Series, but was a member of the only Senators world championship.


                            Roy Ellis Moran B Sept 17, 1884 D July 18, 1966

                            Moran appeared in 7 games for the 1912 version of the Senators, his only major league appearances. His line: A .154 BA, 0 HR, 0 RBI and 2 hits in 13 at bats.


                            Frank M. Schulte B Sept. 17, 1882 D Oct. 2, 1949

                            Needless to say, by the time Frank "Wildfire" Schulte came to the nation's capital to complete his career, his best years were behind him.

                            Schulte made his mark for the Cubs from 1904 to 1916. A member of the Cubs last world championship team in 1908, Schulte was also the 1911 winner of the Chalmers Award (NL Most Valuable Player). "Wildfire" blazed to a .300 average that season with 21 HR and 107 RBI.

                            After stops with the Pirates and Phillies, Schulte became a Nat in 1918. In 93 games during the war shortened year, the outfielder hit .288 with 44 RBI.

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                            • September 18

                              1908 Chicago musters only 3 hits off Walter Johnson, but the Pale Hose edge the Nationals, 1-0, on the South Side. "Big" Ed Walsh is the winner for Chicago.

                              1916 One month wonder Claude Thomas makes his first ML start in St. Louis and grounds the Browns, 1-0. It is the portsider's only major league win.

                              1929 It's two pitching efforts that manager Walter Johnson appreciates. In Detroit, Bump Hadley and Lloyd Brown team up to hold Detroit scoreless, 2-0 and 1-0, in a twinbill.

                              1945 In the rubber match of their 5 game showdown with Detroit, the Senators erupt for 12 runs in a 12-5 victory over the Tigers. Dizzy Trout, worn down from pitching 6 games in 10 days, absorbs the loss. Both teams combine to use 35 players in the game, equaling a ML record. The 1st place Bengals, who came into this series with a half game lead, depart Washington with a 1.5 game margin.

                              1946 Sherry Robertson of Washington becomes the first player since the Red Sox's Harry Hopper in 1913 to leadoff consecutive games with a home run. After leading off yesterday's game at Detroit with a homer, Robertson accomplishes the trick again at Cleveland in today's, 8-1, victory for the Sens. Robertson ropes 3 hits and scores 3 runs.

                              1966 When Ken Harrelson scores on a Fred Valentine triple in the bottom of the 9th, not only do the Sens win, but Washington denies the A's a place in the record books. Coming into this game, Kansas City pitchers had a string of 36.2 shutout innings. "Blue Moon" Odom pitches 8.1 innings of 5 hit, shutout ball, extending the string to 45.1, before Valentine's game winner. The AL record for shutout innings is held by the 1948 Indians with 47. While Odom pitched valiantly in a losing cause, his opposite, Phil Ortega, was masterful, limiting the A's to 2 hits in a complete game.

                              Senators Birthdays

                              There are no Senators birthdays to report on this day.


                              • September 19

                                1904 Possibly the worst baseball team to represent Washington in its history, the Nationals lose their 100th game of the year, 4-3, to the Highlanders. Washington will complete their season on October 10th at 38-113, 55.5 games out of first.

                                1924 Washington moves a game in front of New York with a 15-9 win in St. Louis, while the Yanks lose in Detroit.

                                1925 Looking like a last place team mailing it in, the Nats are shellacked in Griffith by Chicago, 17-0, in a game called after 6 and a half innings. The Pale Hose outhit the Nats 26-1, with the lone Washington safety collected by Bobby Veach. Sam Rice's streak of 9 straight hits is halted by winner Ted Lyons. Despite the wretched performance, the Senators are firmly entrenched in 1st place by 7.5 games.

                                1926 Ty Cobb comes off the bench and laces a pinch single in the bottom of the 9th to give the Tigers an 8-7 victory. Walter Johnson gets the loss, giving up 2 runs in the 9th.

                                1944 The Nats go winless at Comiskey this season (0-11) after the White Sox take a doubleheader. Behind the pitching of Thorton Lee and Eddie Lopat, Chicago snuffs out the Nats, 9-3 and 2-0.

                                1956 On a rainy, cold day by the lake, Cleveland walks all over Washington, 6-0, in a game that is called in the 7th. Tribe hurler Bob Lemon wins his 20th, the 7th season that he has recorded 20 or more wins. A sparse gathering of 365 fans show up for the game.

                                1970 The brothers Conigliaro, Tony and Billy of Boston, homer in the same game. Billy socks a 4th inning homer of Jim Hannan and Tony blasts a home run of Joe Grzenda in the 7th, as the Red Sox pummel the Senators, 11-3, in the nightcap at Fenway. In Washington's game one, 7-3, loss, Frank Howard strikes out 5 times, 4 against starter Ken Brett and 1 against reliever Gary Wagner.

                                Senators Birthdays

                                Murray Wesley Wall B Sept 19, 1926 D Oct 8, 1971

                                A strapping righthander, Wall was signed originally by the Boston Braves in 1950 and appeared in 1 game that year. After that lone outing, the Braves sent Wall to the minors, not to be seen for 7 years.

                                Wall reemerged with the Red Sox in 1957, seeing action in 11 relief outings, posting a 3-0, 3.33 ERA. The next season, the Dallas native became a workhorse out of the Sox bullpen. In 52 games, Wall would go 8-9 with an ERA of 3.62.

                                A bad start to 1959 would find Wall on the move. On June, 11 the Nats acquired Wall and Billy Consolo from the Sox for Herb Plews and Dick Hyde. Wall would only appear in 1 game for Washington, giving up 3 hits and 1 run in 1.1 innings, for a 6.75 ERA. That lone appearance was enough for the Senators to return Wall to the Red Sox on June 14. He would pitch his last game in the majors in July of that year.


                                Harry Felton (Larry) Schlafly B Sept 19, 1878 D June 27, 1919

                                Larry Schlafly burst onto the scene in 1902 with the Cubs. In 10 games, Schlafly batted at a healthy .323 clip, with 5 RBI. Chicago must not have been that impressed since he would not see a major league diamond again until 1906.

                                Selected by Washington from Portland of the PCL in Rule 5 major league draft prior to 1906, Schlafly would become the Nats regular 2B that year. In 123 games, Schafly hit .246 with 2 HR and 30 RBI, while leading the AL in hit by pitches with 14.

                                In June of 1907, Schlafly was put on waivers by the Nationals, thanks to a .135 average. Claimed by the Boston Americans, Schafly would promptly be dealt by Boston to Toronto of the Eastern League.

                                Seven years later, Schlafly would have his swan song with the Federal League's Buffalo Buffeds as a player/manager. Inserting himself into 52 games, the skipper batted .260 with 19 RBI, before devoting his concertration to managing only for 1915. Schlafly directed the Buffeds to an 80-71, 4th place finish in 1914 and a 13-28 mark before being let go in June of 1915.

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