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  • #31
    May 5

    1904 After losing their first 13 games of the season, Washington finally picks up its first win by defeating the NY Highlanders 9-4 at Hilltop Park. 3 days later, with the Senators sitting at 1-16, player-manager Mallachi Kiitridge is relieved of his managerial duties in favor of Patsy Donavan, who is embroiled in a contract dispute with the St. Louis Cardinals. Donavan eventually settles the dispute and becomes the Senators manager. Donavan would not fare better than his predecessor, going 37-97 over the rest of the year. The Senators finish 1904 at 38-113, a winning pct. of .252, the worse in franchise history.
    Last edited by Steve Jeltz; 05-08-2008, 11:07 PM.


    • #32
      May 5 Birthdays

      Two Senators birthdays to note today...

      Harley Grossman B May 5, 1930 D Sep. 5, 2003

      Harley Grossman's "career" was probably something that would best be left unremarked. 1 game, 0.1 innings pitched giving up 2 runs for a career ERA of 54.04. h But for that 1 day, at least, he did appear in a major league uniform, on the roster of a major league team and has a place in the baseball record books, something that many of us can only dream about.

      Harley Grossman career record

      Joe McClain B May 5, 1933 Still living

      Joe McClain has the distinction of being the first pitcher to record a win for the expansion Senators franchise on April 14, 1961 over the Cleveland Indians. He looked like a promising pitcher for the expansion Senators in the early 1961 season, going 7-7 with a 3.19 ERA. Unfortunately the wheels fell off after the All-Star break, his record 1-11 with a 4.76 ERA in the second half of the season. His totals for the year were 8-18 with an ERA of 3.86. Returning with the Senators in 1962, he went 0-4 with a 9.38 ERA before being sent to Syracuse in June. He would never return to the majors.

      Joe McClain career record

      And a happy birthday to my father who turns 82 today. Born in 1926, a year that would see the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the New York Yankees 4 games to 3 for the World Championship. Frederick (Firpo) Marberry of the Washington Senators would lead the American League in appearances with 64 and saves with 22. After winning the World Series in 1924 and the American League pennant in 1925, the Senators would slip to 4th place with an 81-69 record, behind the pennant winning New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Athletics.
      Last edited by Aa3rt; 05-07-2008, 08:54 AM.
      "For the Washington Senators, the worst time of the year is the baseball season." Roger Kahn

      "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring." Rogers Hornsby.


      • #33
        Hope your father had a great birthday, Aa3rt!


        • #34
          May 6

          1967 Behind 9th inning solo homers by Bob Chance and Paul Casanova, the Senators win their 3rd straight by shutting out the Angels 2-0 in Anaheim. Darold Knowles picks up the victory with 6 solid innings of relief, scattering 2 hits and striking out 6.


          • #35
            May 6 Birthdays

            Senators Birthdays

            Patrick Henry (Pat) Duff B May 6, 1875 D Sep. 11, 1925

            Another VERY brief appearance in a Senators uniform, Pat Duff appeared in one game with the Senators in 1906, at the age of 30. What he did in that at bat, we have no idea except that he didn't hit safely, ending his career going 0 for 1 with a batting average of .000. According to the records he did not field, so Pat Duff's proverbial "cup of coffee" in the majors was served on April 16, 1906.

            Pat Duff career record

            Myron Winthrop (Mike) McCormick B May 6, 1917 D Apr. 13, 1976

            There have been 3 players in the major leagues known as Mike McCormick. (Two of them have spent time in a Senators uniform.) The Mike McCormick of interest to us on May 6th was an outfielder who played in the majors for 10 years, missing 1944 & 1945 during WWII. Starting in 1940 with the Cincinnati Reds, this Mike McCormick would also spend time with the Boston Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, Chicago White Sox and finish his career in 1951 with the Senators where he would play in 81 games, collecting 70 hits in 243 at bats, good for a respectable .288 average during his one season playing for Washington.

            Mike McCormick career record
            Last edited by Aa3rt; 05-10-2008, 03:49 AM.
            "For the Washington Senators, the worst time of the year is the baseball season." Roger Kahn

            "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring." Rogers Hornsby.


            • #36
              May 7

              1917 Boston's Babe Ruth outduels Walter Johnson 1-0 in Washington. The only run is a sacrifice fly by, who else, the Babe himself.

              1957 Charlie Dressen is dismissed as the Senators manager after the Sens drop 8 straight to fall to 5-16. Under new manager Cookie Lavagetto, the Senators drop their 9th straight as they fall to the Tigers 5-3 at Briggs Stadium in Detroit. Jim Lemon, Pete Runnels and Faye Thorneberry drive in the Senators 3 runs. Ted Abernathy of the Senators falls to 0-3.

              1965 The Senators sweep a doubleheader from the Yankees at RFK Stadium winning by the scores of 4-3 and 7-3. Jim King's 2 run pinch hit HR in the 7th off the Yanks Mel Stottlemyre that breaks a 2-2 tie is the difference in the first game. In the nightcap, the Senators provide more 7th inning magic by scoring 5 runs to erase a 3-2 deficit. Frank Howard's 3 run triple and former Yank Woddie Held's 2 run HR off former Senator Pedro Ramos punctuates the 5 run outburst. Ron Kline saves both ends of the doubleheader with his 6th and 7th saves.

              1971 In Minnesota, the Senators score 4 runs in the top of the 9th inning to defeat the Twins 6-5. Trailing 5-2 with 2 outs and nobody on against Bert Blyleven, Washington RF Tom McGraw starts the rally with a triple. Former Twin Bernie Allen follows with an RBI single to center to cut the Twins lead to 2. Catcher Paul Casanova comes through in the clutch with a game tying 2 run homer to chase Blyleven. With the score now tied, SS Toby Harrah greets new Twins pitcher Ray Corbin with a single to left center. After Corbin throws a wild pitch to advance Harrah to second base, PH Denny Billings hits a flyball to right field that is misplayed by Twins RF Tony Oliva that allows Harrah to score the go ahead run.
              Last edited by Steve Jeltz; 05-06-2008, 10:57 PM.


              • #37
                May 7 Birthdays

                Senators Birthdays

                Today we have another quartet of Senators birthdays to highlight...

                Sydney Harry (Syd) Cohen B May 7, 1906 D Apr. 9, 1988

                Syd Cohen pitched 3 years for the Washington Senators (1934, 1936, 1937) appearing in a grand total of 55 games over those 3 seasons, with a W-L record of 3-7 and an ERA of 4.54.

                Syd Cohen career record

                Case Lyman Patten B May 7, 1874 D May 31, 1935

                A truly "original" Washington Senator, Case Patten's career began in 1901, the inaugural year of the American League. Patten would pitch for the Senators from 1901-1908 and appear in 1 game with the Boston Red Sox in 1908.

                He ended his first season with a record of 18-10 and an ERA of 3.93. With the 1906 Senators his record was 19-16 with an ERA of 2.17. Overall, he was 105-127 with Washington, with another loss for the Red Sox thrown in for good measure.

                Case Patten career record

                Henri Joseph Rondeau B May 7, 1887 D May 28, 1943

                Henri Rondeau first appeared in the major leagues in 1913 as a 1st baseman/catcher for the Detroit Tigers in 1913. He returned to the majors in 1915, playing 2 seasons for the Senators in the outfield. His most active season, 1916, was also his last. He appeared in 50 games, going 36 for 162 (.222 BA) with 1 home run.

                Henri Rondeau career record

                Jonathan Thompson Walton (Tom) Zachary B May 7, 1896 D Jan. 24, 1969

                Tom Zachary's career spanned 19 years and he was on the roster of 7 different major league teams. Beginning with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1918, he spent the majority of his career with the Washington Senators (1919-1925, 1927-1928) but also saw service with the St. Louis Browns, New York Yankees, Boston Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers and ended his career in 1936 with the Philadelphia Phillies. Zachary is one of those 14 players who holds the "distinction" of having played for the Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns and Washington Senators.

                He played for the World Champion Washington Senators in 1924 and went 2-0 in the World Series. He also pitched to a 1-0 record for the New York Yankees in the 1926 Series.

                Tom Zachary career record
                Last edited by Aa3rt; 05-07-2008, 08:55 AM.
                "For the Washington Senators, the worst time of the year is the baseball season." Roger Kahn

                "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring." Rogers Hornsby.


                • #38
                  May 8

                  1912- Walter Johnson's five game win streak is snapped with a 7-6 defeat at the hand of the White Sox in Washington.

                  1914- May 8 must not have been a good day for the "Big Train" in his career. On this date in 1914, Johnson comes on in relief against the A's and gives up 6 runs in 3 innings in a game that ends in a 9-9 tie. The "Big Train" throws the only beanball of his career at Frank "Home Run" Baker, who is a career .385 hitter against Johnson until this game. After this game, Baker would only hit .207 off Johnson for the rest of his career.

                  1937 Bobo Newsome hits the only homer of his career off Detroit's Schoolboy Rowe. The Senators win 8-3 at Detroit.

                  1948 After suffering 3 straight shutouts, the Senators finally score but still lose to Cleveland 6-1 in Washington. The highlight of this game is Cleveland's Larry Doby's 408 foot, 3 run, inside the park HR which hits the loudspeakers in CF. The ball is declared by the umpire as in play as it bounces back onto the field.

                  1971 The Senators trade 1B Mike Epstein and P Darold Knowles to Oakland for 1B Don Mincher, P Paul Linblad, C Frank Fernandez and cash. For Mincher, he would become one of 6 players to have played for both the original and expansion Senators.

                  Senators Birthday

                  No one who ever played for the Washington Senators was born on May 8th.
                  Last edited by Aa3rt; 05-09-2008, 07:47 AM.


                  • #39
                    May 9

                    1904 After dropping a 6-3 decision in Philadelphia that drops the Senators to 1-16, Malachi Kittridge is dismissed as the Sens interim manager. Kittridge returns to his catcher position. Patsy Donavan, the Sens original choice to be the manager, finally settles his contract dispute with the Cardinals and is handed the managerial reigns by Senators vice president and business manager William Dwyer. Donavan, in his only major league stint as a manager, finishes the year as the Sens go 38-113. Both Donavan and Dwyer will be gone by the next season.

                    1958 After rainouts of six straight home games, the Yankees defeat the Senators 9-5 at Yankee Stadium. The highlight of the game is Mickey Mantle's solo, inside the park homer that breaks a 2-2 tie in the 3rd inning. Yogi Berra drives in 3 RBI for the New Yorkers. For the Senators, 1B Norm Zauchin connects for his 3rd homer of the year and goes 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. Bob Turley of the Yanks gets the complete game win, while Pedro Ramos of the Sens drops to 2-1 with the loss.

                    1960 The young Senators throttle the Kansas City A's 8-1 at Griffith Stadium. Camillo Pascual strikes out 11 in the complete game 3 hitter for the Sens. RF Bob Allison and C Earl Battey each drive in 2 RBI. CF Dan Dobbek, LF Jim Lemon and 3B Reno Bertoia join the hit parade with 2 hits apiece and a RBI. Allison and Lemon connect for their 2nd and 6th homers of the year, respectively.

                    Senators Birthday

                    Lewis L. (Lew) Drill B May 9, 1877 D July 4, 1969

                    Lew Drill appeared in the major leagues from 1902-1905 with the Washington Senators, Baltimore Orioles (playing their last season in Baltimore before moving to New York to become the Highlanders, later Yankees) and ended his career with the Detroit Tigers.

                    Starting with the Senators in 1902, Drill played 38 games for Washington. In July he was "loaned" to the Baltimore Orioles where he appeared in 2 games and then was returned to Washington, where he appeared in an additional 33 games. He played a full season for the Senators in 1903. In 1904 he would appear in 46 games for Washington before being purchased by Detroit, where he played 51 games in 1904 and 72 games in 1905.

                    A versatile player, Drill was primarily a catcher but was also tapped to play at 1st, 2nd & 3rd base as well as the outfield.

                    Lew Drill career record
                    Last edited by Aa3rt; 05-09-2008, 07:46 AM.


                    • #40
                      May 10

                      May 10 was an eventful day in the colorful history of the Senators, particularly as it pertains to Walter Johnson and a variety of streaks and records by different players.

                      1909 Walter Johnson suffers his second straight 1-0 shutout loss, this one to the White Sox at South Side Park. It is the third consecutive 1-0 loss for the Senators, tying the record set by the St. Louis Browns 2 weeks before. For Johnson, he would suffer 10 shutout losses for the season, establishing a 20th century ML record. Despite a 2.22 ERA, Johnson finishes the season at 13-25, the most losses of his legendary career.

                      1910 The Washington Post, with managing editor Scott Bone as a substantial stockholder in the Senators ownership, opines that the Senators should "trade this phenom (Johnson) for a couple of good fielders." The reason for the Post's suggestion? The Big Train has a tough outing against Chicago, giving up 7 runs in 5 innings as the Sox rout the Sens 10-3 in Washington. Johnson recovers and begins to establish himself as a top tier pitcher going 25-17 with a 1.36 ERA.

                      1913 Johnson tosses a 2 hitter as the Senators squeak by the White Sox 1-0 at Comiskey Park. Johnson runs his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 52.2. The streak would end at 55.2 innings, a ML record that would stand until 1968 when Don Drysdale of the Dodgers breaks it. Nonetheless, the scoreless innings streak is still the AL record. Johnson has his most dominant season and easily wins the AL MVP by winning 36, tossing 11 shutouts and posting a minuscule 1.14 ERA.

                      1936 Lefty Grove of the Red Sox heads into his start at Washington having only given up 1 earned run in his previous 48 innings pitched. The Sens score 4 on Grove as Bobo Newsom, in his first tour of duty with the Senators, gets the 4-0 shutout win.

                      1938 The Senators reel off their 7th consecutive victory by defeating the Browns in a slugfest at Griffith 8-6. With the win, the Sens move into 1st place with a 15-7 record. This would be the high point of the 1938 season as the Senators would gradually drift out of contention and finish in 5th place at 75-76.

                      1959 In the Bronx, the Yanks sweep a doubleheader from the Senators winning 6-3 and 3-2 in 10 innings. Ken Aspromonte of Washington drives in all 3 Sens runs with a solo HR and a 2 run single in the first game as Chuck Stobbs takes the loss. Norm Siebern of the Yankees drives in the winning run in the 10th inning of the second game with a one out double off Camilio Pascual. Yogi Berra sets a ML record for catchers in the nightcap by handling his 148th consecutive error less game.

                      Senators Birthday

                      Newton Michael (Mickey) Grasso B May 10, 1920 D Oct. 15, 1975

                      Catcher Mickey Grasso first played in the major leagues with the New York Giants in 1946, appearing in 7 games. He returned to the majors in 1950, playing in Washington from 1950 through 1953. He appeared in just 4 games with the Cleveland Indians in 1954 and ended his career where it began, with the New York Giants in 1955.

                      His best year as a hitter came in 1950 when he had 56 hits in 195 AB, good for a .287 BA. He appeared in 115 games in 1952 but his BA dropped to .216 that season.

                      Mickey Grasso career record
                      Last edited by Aa3rt; 05-10-2008, 12:02 AM.


                      • #41
                        scorless inning streak

                        I remember Don Drysdale 'breaking' the Big Train's streak. However, it was with the aid of the umpires. Drysdale hit a batter with bases loaded and the streak should have ended there.

                        However, the home plate umpire ruled that the batter did not make an attempt to get out of the way of the pitch -- and simply ruled the pitch a ball.

                        Hershhiser (IIRC) finally did break the record.


                        • #42
                          Originally posted by TallIndian View Post
                          Hershhiser (IIRC) finally did break the record.
                          That's correct TallIndian. Orel Hershiser is now the record holder having broke Drysdale record in 1988.


                          • #43
                            May 11

                            1904 New Senators manager Patsy Donavan picks up his first win in his managerial debut as the Senators beat the Browns 7-3 in Washington. The victory "improves" the Nats record to 2-16.

                            1911 At Chicago, the Senators give up a season high 20 runs as the Senators get pounded 20-6 by the Sox.

                            1919 Jack Quinn of the Yankees and Walter Johnson engage in a 12 inning scoreless pitching duo. The game ends after 12 innings tied 0-0 at the Polo Grounds. An interesting side note: Johnson fans George Halas twice as the Papa Bear goes 0 for 5.

                            1960 In another scoreless extra inning pitching duo, Pedro Ramos and the Tigers Frank Lary match zeros for 10 innings. Al Kaline breaks the 0-0 tie with a game winning homer in the bottom of the 11th to win it for the home team 1-0. Ramos is the hard luck loser giving up 5 hits and 1 run in 10.2 innings.

                            1962 Leading 1-0 heading into the top of the 6th at Baltimore, the Senators explode for 11 runs in stomping the Orioles 12-1. Gene Woodling's grand slam and Chuck Cottier's 3 run double highlight the inning. Washington's Dave Stenhouse improves to 2-0 with the complete game win.

                            1967 Camilo Pasqual, in his first season back in Washington, strikes out a season high 10, but the Sens fall to the Indians 2-1 at RFK.

                            1969 Despite 2 home runs from Frank Howard, the Senators conclude their first ever series with the Seattle Pilots by getting swept at Sicks Stadium. Erstwhile Senator Don Mincher hits a game winning home run in the bottom of the 9th as the Pilots take the 6-5 win. The only team that the Pilots had a winning record against in their only season is the Senators.

                            Senators Birthdays

                            John Dewey Adkins B May 11, 1918 D Dec. 26, 1998

                            Dewey Adkins first appeared in a Senators uniform in 1942. A pitcher, he appeared in 1 game, pitching 6.1 innings, giving up 7 runs for an ERA of 9.95. In 1943 he appeared in another 7 games, with a cumulative total of 10.1 IP. His ERA that second season was a much-improved 2.61. Then he would disappear from the major league scene until 1949 when he returned for 1 season with the Chicago Cubs, appearing in 30 games and earning a 2-4 W/L record.

                            Dewey Adkins career record

                            Francisco Jose (Lopez) Campos B May 11, 1924 D Jan. 28, 2006

                            "Frank" Campos was one of many Cuban players who appeared briefly with the Senators during the 1940's and 1950's. Campos was with the Senators from 1951-1953, appearing in a grand total of 71 games stretched out over 3 seasons. In 1951 he only played in 8 games, but managed to hit 11 for 29, good for a .423 BA. His most active season was 1952 when he appeared in 53 games.

                            Frank Campos career record
                            Last edited by Aa3rt; 05-11-2008, 01:58 AM.


                            • #44
                              I still rememer that series against the Pilots in 1969. There was one game in the series where the Nats had a 7 or 8 run lead and then the bullpen blew it.

                              Funny how these things linger in your mind.


                              • #45
                                Originally posted by TallIndian View Post
                                I still rememer that series against the Pilots in 1969. There was one game in the series where the Nats had a 7 or 8 run lead and then the bullpen blew it.
                                TallIndian-Could this be the game you are referring to?

                                On Saturday, May 10, 1969 the Senators were leading the Pilots 11-3 before the Pilots broke the game open with an 8 run bottom of the sixth, finally winning 16-13.
                                "For the Washington Senators, the worst time of the year is the baseball season." Roger Kahn

                                "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring." Rogers Hornsby.


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