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This Date in Washington Senators History
John Wesley Gill B Mar. 27, 1905 D Dec. 26, 1984
Outfielder Johnny Gill would play for 3 teams over 6 seasons and only play in a grand total of 118 games.
First coming to the major leagues with the Cleveland Indians in late August of 1927, Gill would appear in 27 games, hitting .217 in 60 AB.
Gill would play in just 2 games for the Indians in 1928 and would disappear from the major league scene unitl August of 1931 when he was traded to the Washington Senators by the International League Baltimore Orioles for Pinky Hargrave and Buck Jordan.
With Washington in 1931, Gill would hit .267 in 8 games. He’d then take another hiatus from the majors until 1934 when he returned to the Senators to play in another 13 games hitting .245.
In 1935 Gill would resurface with the Chicago Cubs, playing in 3 games, going 1 for 3 at the plate.
1396 would be Gill’s last, and coincidentally most active, season in the major leagues when he’d hit .253 for the Cubs in 71 games.
Traded to San Francisco, then of the Pacific Coast League, Gill would not return to the major leagues.
Steven Richard Sundra B Mar. 27, 1910 D Mar. 23, 1952
Originally in the Cleveland Indians organization, Steve Sundra was traded to the New York Yankees after the 1935 season.
He’d make his major league debut with the Yankees in mid-April of 1936, pitching in 1 game.
He wouldn’t see major league action again until 1938 when he appeared in 25 games for the Yankees going 6-4 with a 4.80 ERA.
1939 would be a good year for Sundra-he’d post an 11-1 record during the regular season and would see his only post-season action as the Yankees defeated the Cincinnati Reds.
After a 4-6 season in 1940, Sundra was purchased by the Washington Senators.
In Washington, he’d appear in 28 games in 1941, posting a 9-13 record, his ERA rising to 5.29.
Sundra would start the 1942 season in Washington but after 6 games, where he was 1-3, Sundra was traded, along with Mike Chartak to the St. Louis Browns for Roy Cullenbine and Bill Trotter.
Sundra would finish the 1942 season going 8-3 for the Browns. He’d top that by posting a 15-11 record with a .325 ERA for the Browns in 1943.
Sundra would finish his career in St. Louis, making it into only 3 games in 1944 and 2 games in 1945, his last major league appearance coming in late May.