Jan 25

This Date in Washington Senators History – Kroc ends hopes of Washington baseball fans

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January 25 1943 The New York Yankees sell future Hall Of Fame pitcher Lefty Gomez (See November 26 birthdays.) to the Boston Braves. Gomez will never pitch for Boston, being released by the Braves before the start of the season. Gomez will sign on with the Washington Senators, pitching in 1 game on May 30th …

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Jan 24

This Date in Washington Senators History

January 24 An unusual day, with 5 Senators Short Timers all having been born on this date… Senators Birthdays Robert Leon Berman B Jan. 24, 1899 D Aug. 2, 1988 Catcher Bob Berman would be on the Senators roster for 9 days in 1918. He’d appear in 2 games, catching 1 and going 0-2 at …

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Jan 23

This Date in Washington Senators History – Senators make another poor trade

January 23 1958 Another poor trade for the Senators as they exchange shortstop Pete Runnels to the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Albie Pearson and first baseman Norm Zauchin. Runnels will win two batting titles, in 1960 and 1962, having missed a third title by six points in 1958. Pearson will play in just 171 …

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Jan 22

This Date in Washington Senators History

January 22 Senators Birthdays John Alexander Milligan B Jan. 22, 1904 D May 15, 1972 John Milligan begans his days in the major leagues in mid-August of 1928 with the Philadelphia Phillies. A pitcher, Milligan’s most active season would be his first when he’d make his way into 13 games posting a 2-5 record with …

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Jan 22

Mickey’s Horsehide

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In 1957, while in Spring training with the Boston Red Sox, Mickey Vernon met a sporting goods salesman, who sold horsehide products for baseballs, gloves and similar items. Mickey told me that the same salesman, in 1957, mailed him a sample of the horsehide, which measured 25” x 42”. In a moment of inspiration, Mickey …

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Jan 21

This Date in Washington Senators History

January 21 Senators Birthdays Sabath Anthony (Sam) Mele B Jan. 21, 1922 Still Living Outfielder and sometime 1st baseman Sam Mele began his major league journey in 1946 when he was signed by the Boston Red Sox. Making his debut in the majors at the start of the 1947 season, Mele would hit .302 in …

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Jan 20

This Date in Washington Senators History

January 20 Senators Birthdays Jesse Terrill Hill B Jan. 20, 1907 D Aug. 31, 1993 Outfielder Jesse Hill first made his way to the majors as a 28 year old rookie in 1935 with the New Yrok Yankees. Playing in 107 games, he’d hit .293, scoring 69 runs, collecting 115 hits and stealing 14 bases. …

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Jan 19

This Date in Washington Senators History

January 19 1965 Coaches Danny O’ Connell and Hobie Landrith resign. They are replaced by Rube Walker and Joe Pignatano. Pignatano and Walker are both former major league catchers and both spent time on the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Senators Birthdays Arnold (Chick) Gandil B Jan. 19, 1888 D Dec. 13, 1970 1st baseman …

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Jan 18

This Date in Washington Senators History – Senators name Ted Williams as their new manager.

January 18 1969 The last-place Washington Senators name former Boston Red Sox star Ted Williams as their new manager. Williams signs a five-year contract worth a reported salary of $75,000 per season. In Williams’ inaugural season as a manager, the Senators will finish with a record of 86-76, the best mark (and their only over …

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Jan 18

3rd Annual D.C. Baseball History Winter Meeting

D.C Baseball History and The Washington Baseball Historical Society Present: The 3rd Annual Winter Meeting Saturday, February 21, 2015 1:00 P.M – 5:00 P.M. Hilton Garden Inn 7301 Waverly Avenue Bethesda, MD 20814 301-654-8111 Special Guest: Judge Stanley Harris, son of former Washington manager and Hall-of-Famer, Bucky Harris. Agenda: 1:00 – 2:00 – Meet and …

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