January 2012 archive

Jan 25

This Date in Washington Senators History

January 25 1943 The New York Yankees sell future Hall Of Fame pitcher Lefty Gomez (See November 26 birthdays.) to the Boston Braves. Gomez will never pitch for Boston, being released by the Braves before the start of the season. Gomez will sign on with the Washington Senators, pitching in 1 game on May 30th …

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Jan 24

Tigers Outbid Nats for Fielder; Team Set for Gio Intro

The Nationals have lost out to the Detroit Tigers in their bid for free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder. The 5-11 275-pound slugger, who has 230 homers in six full seasons, including 50 in 2007, apparently couldn’t pass up $214 million over nine seasons. The length of the deal was what seemingly put the Tigers ahead …

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Jan 24

This Date in Washington Senators History

January 24 An unusual day, with 5 Senators Short Timers all having been born on this date… Senators Birthdays Robert Leon Berman B Jan. 24, 1899 D Aug. 2, 1988 Catcher Bob Berman would be on the Senators roster for 9 days in 1918. He’d appear in 2 games, catching 1 and going 0-2 at …

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Jan 23

This Date in Washington Senators History

January 23 1958 –  Another poor trade for the Senators as they exchange shortstop Pete Runnels to the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Albie Pearson and first baseman Norm Zauchin. Runnels will win two batting titles, in 1960 and 1962, having missed a third title by six points in 1958. Pearson will play in just …

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Jan 22

This Date in Washington Senators History

January 22 The Washington Senators newsfront is about as bleak as the weather this time of year with nothing of interest worth reporting. Even the birthdays are bleak today as we report on 2 Senators Short Timers… Senators Birthdays John Alexander Milligan B Jan. 22, 1904 D May 15, 1972 John Milligan begans his days …

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Jan 21

Martin A. Niland joins the D.C. Baseball Yesterday and Today staff

I am pleased to be able announce that writer Martin A. Niland has agreed to join the staff at D.C. Baseball Yesterday and Today. Martin has been covering sports and other news professionally for more than 30 years. This includes almost 10 years at The Associated Press, where he was part of the team that …

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Jan 21

Highstakes baseball card flipping tournament to benefit the United States Military All Star Baseball Team

The Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum at One Beaver Valley Road in Chadds Ford, PA 19317, is hosting a highstakes baseball card flipping tournament to benefit the United States Military All Star Baseball Team. This Texas Hold ‘Em style high stakes tournament will be held on Saturday, March 24 starting at 1 PM. Practice sessions …

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Jan 21

This Date in Washington Senators History

January 21 Senators Birthdays Sabath Anthony (Sam) Mele B Jan. 21, 1922 Still Living Outfielder and sometime 1st baseman Sam Mele began his major league journey in 1946 when he was signed by the Boston Red Sox. Making his debut in the majors at the start of the 1947 season, Mele would hit .302 in …

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Jan 20

This Date in Washington Senators History

January 20 Senators Birthdays Jesse Terrill Hill B Jan. 20, 1907 D Aug. 31, 1993 Outfielder Jesse Hill first made his way to the majors as a 28 year old rookie in 1935 with the New Yrok Yankees. Playing in 107 games, he’d hit .293, scoring 69 runs, collecting 115 hits and stealing 14 bases. …

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Jan 19

The Legacy of Griffith Stadium

I would like to discuss the “Legacy of Griffith Stadium” and some of those wonderful memories of a time in the not so distant past – unfortunately memories are just about all that is left for those who remember major league baseball in Washington DC before the current Washington Nationals. This may serve as a …

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