January 2012 archive

Jan 19

This Date in Washington Senators History

1965 Coaches Danny O’ Connell and Hobie Landrith resign. They are replaced by Rube Walker and Joe Pignatano. Pignatano and Walker are both former major league catchers and both spent time on the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Senators Birthdays Arnold (Chick) Gandil B Jan. 19, 1888 D Dec. 13, 1970 1st baseman Chick Gandil …

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Jan 18

So Close To 300

The Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum, located in Delaware County, PA,  is a non-profit museum with the purpose of celebrating the life and career of Mickey himself and the athletes of his home county.  It is funded strictly by donations. Mickey Vernon died on September 24, 2008.  Two months before he died, he and I were taking a trip to …

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Jan 18

This Date in Washington Senators History

January 18 1969 The last-place Washington Senators name former Boston Red Sox star Ted Williams as their new manager. Williams signs a five-year contract worth a reported salary of $75,000 per season. In Williams’ inaugural season as a manager, the Senators will finish with a record of 86-76, the best mark (and their only over …

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Jan 17

Growing Up at Griffith Stadium

In keeping with our theme of ‘timeless baseball” I thought it might be of interest to remember some of my childhood days as the son of a major league baseball player. I was very fortunate to have literally “grown up” at Griffith Stadium in Washington DC, where my dad had patrolled the outfield for the …

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Jan 17

This Date in Washington Senators History

January 17 Senators Birthdays Roy Arthur Grover B Jan. 17, 1892 D Feb. 7, 1978 Roy Grover began his brief major league career with the Philadelphia Athletics in mid-September of 1916. A 2nd baseman, Grover would play in 20 games his first season, hitting .274. Back with the A’s in 1917, Grover would have a …

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Jan 16

Bosman’s Unexpected Gem a Glimpse of Good Things to Come

On a Friday night in Washington, D.C., May 2, 1969, about 14,000 fans filed into RFK Stadium to watch the surging Washington Senators play the slumping Cleveland Indians. Senators’ fans basked in the glow of Ted Williams’ arrival as manager and the club’s seven wins in its last 8 games, blasting above the .500 mark …

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Jan 16

This Date in Washington Senators History

January 16 1970 Gold Glove outfielder Curt Flood files a civil lawsuit challenging baseball’s reserve clause, a suit that will have historic implications. Flood refused to report to the Phillies after he was traded by the Cardinals, contending the baseball rule violates federal antitrust laws. Senators Birthdays Robert Allen Baird B Jan. 16, 1940 D …

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Jan 15

This Date in Washington Senators History

January 15 1927 – The Washington Senators trade shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh to the Chicago White Sox for pitchers Leo Mangum and Sloppy Thurston. Peckinpaugh, who’s major league career began in 1910 with the Cleveland Naps, spent the 1922-1926 seasons in Washington, including the World Championship season of 1924 and on the pennant winning team of …

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Jan 14

This Date in Washington Senators History

January 14 1922 Longtime Senators outfielder Clyde Milan is named the new manager for the upcoming season. Milan, who has been an outfielder with the team since 1907, spends the 1922 season as a player/manager, guiding the team to a 6th place finish with a 69-85 record. This would mark Milan’s last season as a …

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Jan 13

This Date in Washington Senators History

January 13 Senators Birthdays Fred William Schulte B Jan. 13, 1901 D May 20, 1983 Fred Schulte would debut with the St. Louis Browns as a 26 year old rookie outfielder in April of 1927. Playing in 60 games his inaugural season, Schulte would hit an impressive .317. Schulte would remain with the Browns through …

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