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  • 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.

    Senators Birthdays

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

    One Game Wonder 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; 05-06-2009, 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.


    • 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 Senators 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.

      Senators Birthdays

      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; 05-07-2009, 05:42 PM.
      "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.


      • May 8 (The End)

        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 9 players to have played for both the original and expansion Senators.

        Senators Birthdays

        No one who ever played for the Washington Senators was born on May 8th.

        The End It was 1 year ago today (May 8th, 2008) that BBF member "Steve Jeltz" and I combined our efforts to compile this thread with Steve focusing on Senators history which gave me more time to research and cross-reference Senators birthdays.

        Unfortunately Steve disappeared from this board in mid-November of 2008 and has not returned.

        I cannot vouch for the 100% accuracy of the roster or birthdates but all have been cross referenced between Baseball-Fever's "sister site" Baseball-Almanac and with Baseball Reference with some information gleaned from the SABR website when players were covered.

        My next project, to be tackled as time allows, is to compile a roster of living Senators from both the original and expansion franchises.
        Last edited by Aa3rt; 04-08-2011, 09:31 PM.
        "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.


        • Joe McClain:

          :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
          Last edited by Aa3rt; 05-05-2009 at 11:38 AM.


          As I remember, and this might have come from Shirley Povich in the Post or from a story in Nats News (WBHS), McClain's downfall was pitching in the All Star game. Ralph Houk, of the Yankees, told McClain to get ready to pitch. McClain, saidm "hold on a minute", and stuck his throwing arm in a bucket of pine-tar. In the next Nats-Yankees that McClain started, Houk asked the umpires to check McClain for "foreign substances" on his pitching hand. The umps just had to shake hands with Joe and, when their hands stuck, they knew he was guilty. They made him wash off the sticky stuff, and we, Senators fans, discovered that "suddenly" McClain couldn't pitch so well.


          • The Twig actually just retired from professional baseball last year. He was a manager and then a coach for the re-invented Fort Worth Cats.
            He won back to back championships with the team a few years ago and then stepped down to be a coach. I worked for the Cats in 2009 and he would park his car as far away from the clubhouse as possible and make the walk across a scorching Texas heat parking lot. He still kicking in Weatherford, Texas.

            The original Cats were a AA Texas League Powerhouse for the Brooklyn Dodgers. When they moved to LA, the Cubs AAA PCL team moved to Fort Worth and joined the American Association. The old ballpark that hosted many future Dodger stars and Hall of Famers was destroyed in 1967. Well, mostly destroyed. The original dugouts are still there and the first few rows of seating were still there when they rebuilt the stadium 10 years ago.

            When teams move, it affects more than the immediate cities that they play in.


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