1925 - Ruth makes his first appearance of the year, returning from his infamous “Bellyache Heard Around The World”, and is 0-for-2 before departing in the 6th. Lou Gehirg pinch hits for SS Pee Wee Wanniger in the bottom of the 9th, beginning Gehirg’s historic consecutive games played streak. Meanwhile, the defending World Champs knock off the Yanks, 5-3.
1944 - In St. Louis, the Sens Stan Spence is 6-for-6 with 5 singles and a homer, as the Sens deflate the Browns, 11-5.
1967 - Behind a 4 hit, complete game effort from Camilo Pascual, the Senators complete a 2 game sweep of the Angels at RFK, 1-0. Bob Saverine drives in Ed Brinkman with an RBI single in the 3rd for the game’s only run.
A “Lucky 7″ birthdays to report as we start the month of June…
John Francis (Jack) Kralick B Jun. 1, 1935 Still living
Pitcher Jack Kralick first appeared with the original Senators in April of 1959, appearing in 6 games. He stuck with the team in 1960 appearing in 35 games, compiling a 8-6 record.
Moving west with the Senators to Minnesota in 1961, he stayed with the team through part of the 1963 season when he joined the Cleveland Indians where he stayed until his major league career ended in April of 1967.
Thomas Agustus Long B Jun. 1, 1890 D Jun. 15, 1972
Outfielder Tom Long first appeared with the Senators for 14 games at the end of the 1911 season. In 48 AB, he recorded 11 hits, including 3 doubles, for a .229 average. He returned for 1 game with the Senators in 1912 where he went hitless in his only AB.
He returned to the majors in 1915 with the St. Louis Cardinals, appearing in over 100 games a year from 1915 through 1917.
Raymond LeRoy Moore B Jun. 1, 1926 D Mar. 2, 1995
Pitcher Ray Moore began his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1952, appearing in 14 games where he went 1-2. After 1 game with the Dodgers in 1953, he wouldn’t make it back to the majors until 1955 with the Baltimore Orioles. He was with the Orioles through 1957 and had some decent seasons there. In 1958 his baseball travels took him to the Chicago White Sox through 1960 when he split the season with the White Sox and the Senators. Along with the previously mentioned Jack Kralick, Moore was another who went west with the original Senators to become a Minnesota Twin, where he ended his baseball days in 1963.
During his time with the Senators he appeared in 37 games, compiling a 3-2 record with a 2.88 ERA.
Kenneth Lee McMullen B Jun. 1, 1942 Still living
Ken McMullen spent 16 years in the major leagues, primarily as a 3rd baseman, in a career that started with the LA Dodgers, but also found him with the Washington Senators from 1965-1970 (he was a part of the trade that sent Claude Osteen to LA for Frank Howard and others-see John Kennedy, May 29th). After 15 games in Washington in 1970, he would join the California Angels, spend a second stint with the LA Dodgers, play for the Oakland Athletics in 1976 and finish his career in 1977 with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Probably his best year as a Senator was 1970 when he hit .272. Playing in 158 games he stroked 153 hits including 25 doubles, 2 triples and 19 home runs.
Harry Kenneth (Duke) Sedgwick B Jun. 1, 1898 D Dec. 4, 1982
Duke Sedgwick played for the Phillies in the 1921 season where he appeared in 16 games. In 1923 he returned to the majors with the Senators, appearing in 5 games, with 16 IP and a record of 0-1.
Henry Levai Severeid B Jun. 1, 1891 D Dec. 17, 1968
Hank Severeid played in the majors for 15 years starting with the Cincinnati Reds in 1911. He did not appear in the major leagues in 1914 but would return in 1915 to play 11 seasons with the St. Louis Browns. Splitting his time in 1925 between the Browns and the Senators, he donned the Senators uniform for 50 games. After another 22 games in Washington in 1926 he finished his playing days with the Yankees that same season.
In 1925, he went 39 for 110, good for a .355 BA in the employ of Washington.
Ewart Gladstone (Dixie) Walker B Jun. 1, 1887 D Nov. 14, 1965
NOT the Dixie Walker who gained fame patrolling the Brooklyn outfield in the 1940′s, this is his lesser known father who was a pitcher for the Washington Senators from 1909-1912.
First appearing in a Senators uniform in September of 1909, his best season was 1910 when he went 11-11 with a 3.30 ERA.
Another son, Harry (The Hat) Walker, was also a National League player and manager for many years. Dixie, the elder, had a brother named Ernie who was a St. Louis Browns outfielder from 1913-1915.