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This Date in Washington Senators History – Marc Filley’s bitter Cup of Coffee
Marcus Lucius Filley B Feb. 28, 1912 D Jan. 20, 1995
One Game Wonder Marc Filley would be served in the Senators Coffee Shop on April 19th, 1934. Pitching 1/3rd of an inning, Filley would be charged with 1 wild pitch, 2 hits and 1 run, departing with a 27.00 ERA.
Sam Mayer (born Samuel Erskine Frankel) B Feb. 28, 1893 D Jul. 1, 1962
Senators Short Timer Sam Mayer would play in 11 games in September of 1915. Primarily an outfielder, Mayer would also play 1st base and be tapped as a pitcher. He’d go 7-29 at the plate with 1 home run, 4 RBI’s and 5 runs scored.
(Mayer’s brother Erskine Mayer would have a more successful career, pitching for the Phillies, Pirates and White Sox between 1912 and 1919 and would have two 20 win seasons with Philadelphia.)
Ronald Edward Samford B Feb. 28, 1930 Still Living
Infielder Ron Samford would remain in the majors a couple of more years than our previous birthday boys this February 28th.
Signed by the New York Giants before the start of the 1948 season, Samford would first appear in the majors with the Giants in April of 1954, playing in 12 games.
Released by New York before the start of the 1955 campaign, Samford would sign on with the Detroit Tigers. He’d play in 1 game for the Tigers that season but would not reappear in the majors until 1957 when he played in another 54 games for Detroit, hitting .220.
Out of the majors again in 1958, Samford would be traded after the season, along with Reno Bertoia and Jim Delsing, to the Washington Senators for Rocky Bridges, Neil Chrisley and Eddie Yost.
Samford’s most active season would be 1959 when he’d appear in 91 games for Washington, hitting .224 while playing shortstop and 2nd base.
Before the start of the 1960 season Samford would be traded one last time, this time to the Baltimore Orioles, along with Clint Courtney for Billy Gardiner. However, Samford would not make it back to the majors with the O’s.