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This Date in Washington Senators History – Walter Johnson is operated on
1908 In Fullerton, California, Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson is operated on for an infection of the mastoid area behind the right ear. The doctors remove a section of the bone, and the recuperation will keep Johnson sidelined until late May.
Despite his late start in the season, Johnson (See November 6th birthdays.) will post a 14-14 record in 36 games with a 1.65 ERA. The woeful Senators will finish in 7th place with a 67-85 record, 22.5 games behind the pennant winning Detroit Tigers.
Juan Francisco Delis B Feb. 27, 1928 D Jul. 23, 2003
A member of the frequently mentioned “Cuban Connection”, 3rd baseman Juan Delis also earns the title of “Single Season Senator” thanks to the 54 games he played in during the 1955 season. Debuting in mid-April, Delis would hit .189 with 11 RBI’s and 12 runs scored, his last game coming in mid-September.