February 2012 archive

Feb 06

Nats Sign Rick Ankiel to Minor League Deal

Center fielder Rick Ankiel will have a chance to be back with the Nationals in 2012. The team has signed him to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. The signing was first reported by Amanda Comak of The Washington Times. Financial details were not disclosed. Ankiel, a former left-handed starting pitcher …

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Feb 06

This Date in Washington Senators History

February 6 Senators Birthdays Pelham Ashby Ballenger B Feb. 6, 1894 D Dec. 8, 1948 Senators Short Timer Pelham Ballenger spent 5 days on the Washington roster in May of 1928. Playing in 3 games at 3rd base, Ballenger would be 1 for 9 at the plate. Pelham Ballenger career record Frank Breyfogle LaPorte B …

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Feb 05

American League players drawn by Vic Johnson – Gus Zernial

From the Mickey Vernon Museum, American League Baseball players drawn by Vic Johnson. This caricature of Gus Zernial is just one of a series of 19 caricatures of American League baseball players drawn by Vic Johnson during 1957. This caricature of Gus Zernial and the the other 18, is taken from a composite collection of those illustrations …

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Feb 05

This Date in Washington Senators History

February 5 Senators Birthdays John Joseph O’Brien B Feb. 5, 1873 D Jun. 10, 1933 Outfielder Jack O’Brien got his start in the majors way back in 1899 with the National League version of the Washington Senators. Playing in 127 games, O’Brien would hit .282. Out of the majors in 1900, O’Brien would return in …

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Feb 04

Chad Cordero Memories

Few Washington Nationals fans will forget the wonders of June 2005 when the infant Nationals, in their inaugural season since baseball inexplicably allowed the national pastime to depart the nation’s capital, rocketed to first place in the National League East with a 47-31 record. The Nationals completed their dream month with 20 wins in 26 …

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Feb 04

This Date in Washington Senators History

February 4 Senators Birthdays Edward Wilbur Ainsmith (born Edward Anshmedt) B Feb. 4, 1892 D Sep. 6, 1981 Russian born Eddie Ainsmith debuted with the Washington Senators in August of 1910. A catcher, Ainsmith would be on the Senators roster from 1910 through 1918. Ainsmith’s best year at the plate with Washington would be 1912 …

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Feb 03

This Date in Washington Senators History

February 3 1942 – At a special meeting to discuss wartime regulations, MLB owners decide to allow 14 night games for each club, with Washington allowed 21 due to the large number of government workers that inhabit Washington. Two All-Star Games will be played, one with a military All-Star team. Curfews are set for night …

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Feb 02

Edwin Jackson to Join Nats Rotation

The Nationals apparently aren’t finished with their pitching staff. The team added another veteran arm on Thursday, agreeing with right-hander Edwin Jackson on a one-year deal worth between $8 million and $12 million, according to CBS sports, whose Jon Heyman first reported the deal on Twitter. Jackson, who was traded from the Chicago White Sox …

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Feb 02

This Date in Washington Senators History

February 2 Senators Birthdays Wesley Cheek Ferrell B Feb. 2, 1908 D Dec. 9, 1976 Pitcher Wes Ferrell would have a rather inauspicious start in the majors, pitching in 1 inning for the Cleveland Indians in early September of 1927, giving up 2 walks, 3 hits and 3 runs, finishing the season with a 27.00 …

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Feb 01

This Date in Washington Senators History

February 1 We start a new month by going “1 for 1” with 1 birthday to report this February 1st… Senators Birthdays Carl Nettles Reynolds B Feb. 1, 1903 D May 29, 1978 Arriving on the major league scene with the Chicago White Sox in September of 1927, outfielder Carl Reynolds would play for 13 …

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