May 26

This Date in Washington Senators History – 1930 Senators expand lead to 4 games

May 26 Hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend. 1918 – In 3 plate appearances, Walter Johnson helps himself to 2 hits and a walk. On the mound, Johnson pitches a complete game, 4 hitter over visiting Detroit 4-0, extending his scoreless innings streak to 40. 1920 – First sacker Joe Judge is …

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May 26

The 2015 Firpo Marberry Award Nominee

Marberry

Perhaps the greatest relief pitcher that the old Washington Nationals ever sent out to rescue the game was Firpo Marberry. Forty-five years before the “Save” became part of baseball nomenclature, Firpo was saving some of the most important games in DC Baseball history. In 1924, Marbery recorded 15 Saves in a season in which he …

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May 25

Fans need to show patience with Strasburg

The Nationals are flying high, winners of eight straight series, all alone in first place, 2 ½ games up on the New York Mets in the National League East – but it seems all the fans want to talk about is Stephen Strasburg’s pitching troubles. On talk shows, Internet message boards and Facebook groups, there’s …

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May 25

This Date in Washington Senators History – Happy Birthday Joe Judge

May 25 1908 – An unusual occurrence happens in today’s game in the nation’s capital. Detroit scores an unearned run in the 3rd against Sens P “Sleepy” Bill Burns, but do not collect a hit until there are 2 out in the 9th inning. The future middle man in the 1919 World Series fix, “Sleepy” …

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May 24

This Date in Washington Senators History – Don Lock’s walk-off Home Run

May 24 1901 – After yesterday’s 9th inning meltdown by the Nats in Cleveland, Washington turns the tables with a 5 run top of the 9th to tie the Blues. The rally does not result in a win, as the game is called with the score knotted at 5. 1917 – Pale Hose P Reb …

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May 23

This Date in Washington Senators History – New Nats manager Gil Hodges is acquired in a trade

Gil Hodges

May 23 1901 – An inglorious record is set today by the Nats in Cleveland. Up 13-5 on the Blues with 2 outs and no runners on base in the 9th, the Blues set a major league record by plating 9 runs for a stunning 14-13 win. 1924 – Striking out a career high 14 …

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May 22

This Date in Washington Senators History

Clyde Vollmer

May 22 1938 – At Griffith Stadium, Ted Lyons of Chicago collects his 200th career victory as the Sox down the Nats 9-2. 1953 – Sparked by OF Clyde Vollmer‘s 3 run double and 2 run homer, the Senators pound Yankee pitching for 18 hits in a 12-4 Senators rout. In the top of the …

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May 21

This Date in Washington Senators History – McDermott and Jensen exchange blows

May 21 1913 – Trailing Cleveland 2-0 in the top of the 9th, Washington’s Alva “Rip” Williams ties the contest with a 2 run, pinch HR. After the Sens score 2 more in the top of the 10th, Walter Johnson is bought in to seal the 4-2 victory. 1925 – The Big Train goes 3 …

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May 20

This Date in Washington Senators History

Claude Osteen

May 20 1909 – After opening the season with 5 losses, Walter Johnson picks up his first victory over the Naps at Cleveland 3-2. 1920 – Deadlocked at the end of 14 innings at 3, the White Sox and Senators each score twice in the 15th. In the top of the 16th, the Pale Hose …

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May 19

This Date in Washington Senators History – Clark Griffith sells his nephew

Sherry Robertson

May 19 1919 – The Nats are shutout in Detroit 6-0. The loss begins a season high 11 game losing streak that will drop the Sens into 7th place, where they will stay for the rest of the season, finishing 56-84. 1923 – After Walter Johnson gives up 3 runs in the 9th, Allan Russell …

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