May 03

This Day in D.C. Baseball History – May 3, 1949

The Senators (3-11) arrive in Chicago (8-5) for a short two game series with the White Sox. The team is looking to snap a two game slide.

In baseball, as in life, timing is everything. On the orders of White Sox GM Frank Lane the White Sox installed a shorter fence in the outfield. It did not take the Senators long to take advantage of the shorter fence by belting seven home runs and beating the White Sox 14-12 in 10 innings. This is the only time seven home runs were hit by one team in an extra inning game.

Here is the list of Senators that left the park that evening.

Clyde Vollmer – 2
Mark Christman – 1
Gil Coan – 1
Al Evans – 1
Eddie Robinson – 1
Bud Stewart – 1

Quick Facts:

The Senators only hit 81 home runs the entire 1949 season.

The 14-12 victory against the White Sox was the first win of a nine game winning streak.

The Senators end the year in last place in the American League with a 50-104 record.