Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 29

Mickey Vernon and Musical Star Gwen Verdon

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The Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum, located in Delaware County, PA,  is a non-profit museum with the purpose of celebrating the life and career of Mickey himself and the athletes of his home county.  It is funded strictly by donations. Mickey Vernon died on September 24, 2008.  Two months before he died, he and I were taking a trip to …

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Apr 29

The Joyful Sendoff of 1969

The Passion of Washington Baseball Fans Part 2: The Joyful Sendoff of 1969 After their triumphant return home from the late June into early July road trip that left them with a winning record, the 1969 Senators stumbled into the All-Star break with a 51-50 record. Still, all baseball marveled at the makeover Ted Williams …

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Apr 28

The Good Guys Wore White

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During the first 66 years of the 20th Century, most major league baseball teams wore sparkling white flannel uniforms for their home games, and gray uniforms on the road. There were exceptions. For instance, the 1906-09 Washington Nationals wore dark blue uniform pants and jersey tops on the road, but aside from other rare occasions, …

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Apr 27

Breaking News: Zim to DL; Harper Gets Callup

The “Face of the Franchise” and the “Future of the Franchise” will cross paths in Los Angeles on Saturday, when the Nationals place third-baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list and recall outfielder Bryce Harper from Class Triple-A Syracuse. The team announced the move today on its Twitter feed, as the team prepared to …

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Apr 26

The Great Fan Boycott

Washington has its fair share of bad owners, but the butcher boys from Philly were in a class by themselves. In August 1893 the Wagner’s announce that their will transfer their home games to several cities including Chicago, Cleveland and Philadelphia. The transfer of games to Philadelphia was done without proper League approval and has …

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Apr 25

Zimmerman’s Injury Worse Than Expected as Road Trip Begins

The Nationals are looking at the possibility of another possibility of another extended stretch without third baseman Ryan Zimmerman as they open a six-game West Coast Road trip that will offer the toughest test of the season thus far. Zimmerman was expecting to return Tuesday night after missing Saturday’s game with right shoulder inflammation, but …

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Apr 25

Bucky Harris Hall of Fame Induction

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Stanley “Bucky” Harris Hall of Fame induction 1975 I was very fortunate to have accompanied my father, as invited guests, of the Harris family to the induction of “Bucky” Harris into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1975. As many of you are aware, Bucky Harris was known as “The Boy Wonder” player-manager for …

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Apr 24

Atherton from Penn State

Washington has seen many unique players, none more so than the talented Atherton. Charles Morgan Herbert Atherton, a natural athlete, excelled on the fotball and baseball teams at Penn State.[1]  In 1894 in a football game against Oberlin, Atherton booted a 20-yard place kick goal from the field, giving his team a 9-6 come-from-behind. Prior to this, …

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Apr 24

The Passion of Senators Fans in 1969: The Raucous Welcome for the Nats at Friendship Airport

(Part 1 of a 3-part series) Starved for a winner, Washington baseball fans went a little crazy when it looked like they might actually get one in 1969. Once the thrill of having Ted Williams on board as manager wore off, the team had to prove themselves in the standings. After 16 years of losing …

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Apr 22

Almost Perfect – Big Train’s No Hitter

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As most of you know by now Phil Humber of the Chicago White Sox tossed a perfect game yesterday. Humber’s perfect game was the 21st perfect game in Major League history. This morning I wanted to see how close Washington’s Walter Johnson came to pitching a perfect game during his July 1, 1920 no-hit game …

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