Aug 19

This Date in Washington Senators History – ’24 Senators reclaim 2nd place

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 …

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Aug 18

Fister helps D.C. get revenge for a terrible deal

If Washington baseball fans know the value of anything, it’s patience. Fans who were abandoned by two big league franchises, endured 34 years without a team of their own, then witnessed and seven seasons of futility, must feel thrilled to have the Nationals making a run for their second division title in three years. If …

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Aug 18

This Date in Washington Senators History – ’45 Senators trim Tigers lead to only 1.5 games

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 …

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Aug 18

The Night the Lights Went Out at Griffith Stadium

This Date In Washington Baseball History – August 18, 1942 On December 8, 1941, prompted by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States formally entered World War II.  Soon afterward, many prominent major league and minor league baseball players either enlisted or were drafted into the United States Armed Forces. Faced with losing …

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Aug 17

This Date in Washington Senators History – ’24 Senators beginning to heat up

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 …

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Aug 16

This Date in Washington Senators History – ’33 Senators increase lead over Yanks to 6.5 games

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 – …

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Aug 15

This Date in Washington Senators History – “The case of the missing groundskeepers”

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 …

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Aug 14

This Date in Washington Senators History – The Babe gets the win over The Big Train

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 …

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Aug 13

This Date in Washington Senators History

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 …

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Aug 12

This Date in Washington Senators History – A Day to forget in ’53

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 …

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