Aug 01

This Date in Nats History – Ankiel’s two homers lead Nats over Braves

August 1st 2011 – WASHINGTON — Rick Ankiel’s two homers lead the Nationals (52-56) over the Braves (63-47) by the score of 5-2. Ankiel, led off the bottom of the first with a homer to center field, and hit another homer in the fifth inning to deep in the second deck in left field. It …

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Aug 01

This Date in Washington Senators History – Happy Townsend not So Happy after walking 12 batters

August 1 1902 – The umpire must have had a tight strike zone. Washington right hander John “Happy” Townsend is all frowns as he walks 12 batters in a 13-0 loss at Detroit. 1912 – In the bottom of the 6th, home plate umpire Connolly fails to see that Washington C Rip Williams drops the …

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Jul 31

This Date in Nats History – Zimmerman hits 7th career walk-off home run

July 31, 2005 – Livan Hernandez wins his 13th game of the season as the Nats beat the Florida Marlins 4-2. Hernandez improved his record 13-4 when he pitched eight innings and gave up only two earned runs to the Marlins. Chad Cordero pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Nats and registered his major …

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Jul 31

This Date in Washington Senators History – ’52 Senators are still in the pennant race

July 31 1909 – Once again, the Nats offense fails to score a run for Walter Johnson in a home 1-0 defeat to the White Sox in the first of two. The Nats narrowly avoid being no-hit by Sox P Bill Burns when Otis Clymer singles with 2 outs in the 9th. Washington cannot find …

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Jul 30

This Date in Washington Senators History – Coveleski’s 13 game win streak ends

July 30 1903 – The A’s sweep a pair from the 8th place Nationals, 12-1 and 6-5. In the afternoon tilt, Philadelphia’s Rube Waddell is chased in the top of the 6th after spotting the Nats a 5-3 lead. Connie McGeehan relieves for Waddell and slams the door on Washington, as Philly plates 1 in …

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Jul 30

Hansen’s Unassisted Triple Play

ron hanses

July 30, 1968 On a hot evening at Cleveland Stadium the 5,937 fans in attendance witnessed a baseball rarity. In the bottom of the 1st inning the Cleveland Indians had runners on 1st and 2nd base when Joe Azcue lined a ball to the Washington Senators shortstop Ron Hansen. Before anyone knew what had happened …

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Jul 29

This Date in Washington Senators History

July 29 1915 After whiffing in his first 3 AB’s, Walter Johnson wins his own game with a deep hit to CF in the bottom of the 10th. Washington defeats Cleveland, 2-1. The Nats move above the .500 mark for good. 1931 The Nats are allergic to home plate as they tie another record of …

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Jul 29

The Biggest Nat

On the left Milton Haefner at 5-08 and at right Robert Estalella at 5-07

Not too many players are discovered stocking shelves but it happened to Richard Ahrens. Joe Cambria, scout for the Washington Senators walked into a grocery store. Here is his tale “I found him in a grocery store. He was behind the counter reaching fir some cans on the top shelf. And when I saw him …

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Jul 28

This Date in Washington Senators History – Big Train’s last Win

July 28 1908 Walter Johnson fans 15 Browns, a career best, as Washington upends St. Louis, 2-1, in 16 innings. Johnson, now at 1-5 on the season as he still recovers from an operation to remove an ear abscess, will go on to win 13 of his final 17 decisions. 1925 The Senators suffer a …

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Jul 27

A breakout weekend for Taylor recalls past rookie phenom Allison

There’s nothing quite like seeing a major league rookie come into his own, especially when he’s making the most of an opportunity to fill in for a starter. You can say “I remember when…” So it was fun watching Michael Taylor have a breakout weekend, even though the Nationals lost a difficult series in Pittsburgh …

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