July 2012 archive

Jul 22

The Art of Pitching by Al Orth

Al Orth wrote this article in the spring of 1902 just after jumping from the Phillies to Washington. Orth was 29 years old in 1902 and a veteran of 7 years in the majors. In 1902 he was 19-18 with an ERA of 3.97. In his 15 years in the majors he won 104 games. …

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Jul 21

1938 Senators blow 10 run lead

I’m not 100% sure this is the largest blown lead in Washington baseball history but I know the 12,000 Senator fans at Griffith stadium left the ball park shaking their heads in disgust after watching the Senators waste a 10 run lead. *June 12, 1938 – In the rubber match of a three game series …

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Jul 20

Fan Favorite Chad Cordero to throw out first pitch

In honor of Chad Cordero throwing out the first pitch before this evening’s game between the Atlanta Braves and division leading Washington Nationals I thought I would post a couple stories from our archives and one from Marty Niland who posted a wonderful story about The Chief at MASN’s Nats Buzz.. Chad Cordero Memories by …

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Jul 19

Good Ol’ Days: Fans Get Behind Nats in Turn-Back, Comeback Win

Remember when most of the noise at a baseball game came from the fans, themselves, and not from loud music or recorded sound cues, or in response to from flashing scoreboard signs imploring everyone to “get loud?” Remember when the fans knew on their own when to clap in rhythm to urge the pitcher to …

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Jul 11

Bad Teddy

The Nats are doing well but poor Teddy remains the lovable loser. Why would the Nationals mock one of our best Presidents? You would think that they would have picked someone else, and there are others, Buchanan comes to mind. How about Millard Fillmore and of course there is Nixon but TR? What goes? After …

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Jul 08

“Bam-Bam” Makes the Cut: Harper Heading to All-Star Game

Keeping tabs on Bryce Harper‘s All-Star bid this season has been just like watching him play. Even when he struggles, the guy known to teammates as “Bam-Bam” keeps trying, keeps pushing and remains aggressive, diving after balls, stealing bases and sliding in head first. In the end, his tenacity and aggressiveness paid off, and he …

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Jul 07

Senators’ Carl Bouldin was two sport standout

Carl Bouldin, who pitched for the Washington Senators in the early 1960s, is one of the nearly 900 retired baseball players who don’t receive pensions from Major League Baseball. While his career in The Show wasn’t especially memorable, what a lot of fans may not know is that he was also a member of the …

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Jul 07

1937 All-Star Game at Griffith Stadium

July 7, 1937 President Franklin D. Roosevelt is the first President to attend an All-Star game as he is invited to throw out the first ball at Griffith Stadium in Washington D.C. The President and the rest of the sellout crowd of 31,391 at the 5th Annual All-Star game had to deal with a very …

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Jul 05

Cortisone Shot solidifies Nats lineup

Most people are aware that the Washington Nationals’ third baseman Ryan Zimmerman received cortisone shot in his right shoulder on June 24 before the Nationals played the Baltimore Orioles. The star third baseman was struggling at the plate ever since he came off the disable list in early May. Since receiving the shot the entire …

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Jul 03

Our newest contributor Russ White

Folks when I started DCBH last December I knew I would invite a few D.C. baseball historians to contribute stories to the site. I wanted to try to bring to our readers a full range of stories about the players and teams that make up Washington baseball history. I believe our newest contributor Russ White …

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