Dec 20

The Nationals Great Western Tour

On July 13, 1867 the Washington Nationals baseball team that was made up by mostly government workers and were led by second baseman George Wright, played their first game of the their western tour. The Nationals could not have asked for a better start to their great tour as they beat up the Capital Club …

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Dec 20

This Date in Washington Senators History

December 20 Senators Birthdays Today we sing a refrain of “Me And Julio Down At The Ballpark” (With apologies to Paul Simon) as our duo of birthday boys share the first name of Julio and both are members of the Senators’ Cuban Connection. Julio Enrique Gonzalez B Dec. 20, 1920 D Feb. 15, 1991 In …

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Dec 19

This Date in Washington Senators History

December 19 Senators Birthdays Ernest Lee (Tex) Jeanes B Dec. 19, 1900 D Apr. 5, 1973 Outfielder Tex Jeanes had a very brief career, playing in 53 games spread out over portions of 5 seasons. Debuting with the 1921 Cleveland Indians, Jeanes would play in 5 games, going 2 for 3 at bat, with 1 …

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Dec 18

This Date in Washington Senators History

December 18 Senators Birthdays Today we present a quartet of birthday boys who, with one exception, all played for over 10 years in the major leagues but spent short stints in a Senators uniform. Samuel Richard Coffman B Dec. 18, 1906 D Mar. 24, 1972 Our first example is pitcher Dick Coffman who would spend …

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Dec 17

This Date in Washington Senators History – Senators trade veteran Heinie Manush

December 17 1924 After winning their only World’s Championship, the Washington Senators look to bolster their pitching staff by purchasing Dutch Reuther from Brooklyn. Reuther would reward the Senators by going 30-13 in his year and a half in Washington. 1935 The Senators trade veteran Heinie Manush to the Boston Red Sox for Roy Johnson …

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Dec 17

George Sisler’s contract is purchased by the Senators

December 14, 1928 The Washington Senators purchased George Sisler’s contract for $25,000 from the St. Louis Browns. The veteran 35 year-old first baseman will play in 20 games for the Senators before the team sold his contract to the Boston Braves for only $7,500 on May 27, 1928. For Sisler the move to Boston was …

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Dec 16

Remembering Cecil Travis

On this day in 2006 Cecil Travis died in Riverdale, GA at the age of 93. Cecil Travis was a star baseball player for the Washington Senators in the 1930’s and early 1940′s. On May 16, 1933 the 19 year-old Travis made his debut for the Senators. The young man from Riverdale, GA wasted no …

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Dec 16

This Date in Washington Senators History – Expansion Senators make their first trade

December 16 1960 Just 2 days after the expansion draft, the expansion Senators make their first trade, shipping newly acquired pitcher Bobby Schantz to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Harry Bright, Bennie Daniels and R. C. Stevens. Senators Birthdays Barbra O’Neil Chrisley B Dec. 16, 1931 D May 18, 2013 Signed by the Boston …

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Dec 15

This Date in Washington Senators History – Happy Birthday to 94 year old Eddie Robinson

December 15 1909 The New York Highlanders sell Kid Eberfeld to the Washington Senators for $5,000. Senators Birthdays William Edward Robinson B Dec. 15, 1920 Still Living I’ve always wondered if any player ever played for all of the franchises in one league during his career. Eddie Robinson gets the “Close but no cigar” award, …

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Dec 14

This Date in Washington Senators History – The Expansion Senators

December 14 December 14, 1948 The Washington Senators trade pitcher Early Wynn and 1st baseman James “Mickey” Vernon to the Cleveland Indians for 1st baseman Eddie Robinson and pitchers Joe Haynes and Eddie Klieman. December 14, 1960 The “new” Washington Senators and their tag-team partner, the Los Angeles Angels take part in the first ever …

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