February 2012 archive

Feb 23

This Date in Washington Senators History

February 23 Senators Birthdays Today we add to the ranks of “Senators Short Timers” with 3 players who collectively would play in less than 300 games in a Senators uniform. Robert Anthony Boken B Feb. 23, 1908 D Oct. 6, 1988 Infielder Bob Boken joined the Senators in April of 1933 as a 25 year …

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Feb 22

Big Train’s Throw Across the Rappahannock River

February 22, 1936 Fredericksburg, Virginia To celebrate George Washington’s 204th birthday the town of Fredericksburg planned a daylong celebration. To cap off the day the city invited baseball legend Walter Johnson to duplicate George Washington’s legendary throw of a silver dollar across the Rappahannock River. As the story goes U.S. Rep. Sol Bloom, D-N.Y. believed …

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Feb 22

This Date in Washington Senators History

February 22 Senators Birthdays Rinold George Duren, Jr. B Feb. 21, 1929 Still Living Almost everyone of a certain age remembers Ryne Duren-the “Coke bottle” glasses, his reputation for wildness and hard throwing and his wild-partying ways. Duren was first signed by the St. Louis Browns before the 1949 season. By the time he made …

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Feb 22

A few of my favorite stories from last season

Last year I was invited by Pete Kerzel at MASN to be part of MASNsports.com’s season-long initiative to welcome guest bloggers. Here are few of my favorites. I hope you like them please keep in mind these stories were written last summer. Mark Hornbaker: You never know what will happen at a game By Mark …

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Feb 21

This Date in Washington Senators History

February 21 1969 Ted Williams returns to baseball full-time, signing a five-year contract to manage the Washington Senators. Senators Birthdays Joseph Anthony Foy B Feb. 21, 1943 D Oct. 12, 1989 Originally drafted by the Minnesota Twins before the start of the 1962 season, Joe Foy would be drafted by the Boston Red Sox in …

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Feb 20

Could This Be The Nats’ Last Spring in Viera?

Spring training is under way for the Nationals, with pitchers and catchers reporting this weekend. But will this be the team’s last Grapefruit League season at Space Coast Stadium in Viera? According to several media reports, the Nationals are looking at some new options as they move closer to contention in the National League East. …

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Feb 20

This Date in Washington Senators History

February 20 Senators Birthdays Edgar Charles (Sam) Rice B Feb. 20, 1890 D Oct. 13, 1974 Hall Of Famer Sam Rice should need no introduction-a Senator from 1915 through 1933, played on all 3 pennant winning teams for Washington, hit over .300 in 14 of the 20 seasons he played. Originally joining the Senators in …

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Feb 19

Two new contributors to share stories at D.C. Baseball Yesterday and Today

I am very pleased to announce that we have two more contributors here at D.C. Baseball Yesterday and Today. They are baseball historians Karen and Kevin Flynn. The Flynn’s are the authors of three books, two of the books being about 19th century baseball teams and players that called the Nation’s Capital their home. Besides …

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Feb 19

This Date in Washington Senators History

February 19 Senators Birthdays Walter William Herrell B Feb. 19, 1889 D Jan. 23, 1949 One Game Wonder Walt Herrell would pitch for 2 innings on June 10 of 1911. He’d surrender 5 hits, 2 walks and 4 runs, departing the Senators Coffee Shop with an ERA of 18.00. Walt Herrell career record

Feb 18

Well, the Man wanted a tryout

During spring training in 1933, a visitor arrived in Biloxi, Mississippi wearing a four-day beard and covered in lawyers of country grime. He was out of work, so he rode the train cars from town to town in search of a job. He had some pitching experience, so why not seek a tryout with rookie …

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