1921 - In the longest game in the majors this season, the Browns hang a loss on the Senators, 8-6 in 19 innings at Griffith. Brown starter Dixie Davis yields 13 hits over the first 11 frames, but allows no Washington safeties over the last 9 innings. George Sisler is 6-for-9 and the Senator’s Joe Judge raps 3 triples, tying an AL record for triples in a game.
1926 - Hall of Famer Tris Speaker‘s home run with 2 aboard in the bottom of the 4th springs the Tribe to a 7-5 win. The 1925 AL Champion Nats drop below .500, 17 games back.
1928 - The rising A’s cruise past Washington at Shibe Park, 8-3, before 15,000. Al Simmons crushes a grand slam in the 6th for Philly.
1956 - The Sens are granted a license to sell beer at Griffith, but Sens fans soak in another dismantling at the hands of the Yankees, 15-7. Washington is never in the game, falling behind 11-0 in the 4th. The Yanks pound 20 hits off the sad Washington pitching staff, with Hank Bauer collecting 4 of those hits. Billy Martin and Mantle each wallop 2-run home runs.
1967 - The Nats reach their high water mark of the year in a 9-7, 20 inning victory in the Twin Cities. Frank Howard‘s 3-run homer in the 7th caps a 7 run, Washington rally that ties the game. The score will remain 7-7 until the 20th, when Ken McMullen leads off with a solo homer and Dick Nen supplies a sac fly. Relievers Darold Knowles and the Twins Al Worthington perform spectacularly for their clubs. The line on Worthington: 8.2 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks and 8 strikeouts in a no-decision. Knowles, also not factoring into the decision, is better: 10 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks and 10 strikeouts.
Milton Joseph Bolling B Aug. 9, 1930 Still Living
Infielder Milt Bolling played 7 years in the majors with the Red Sox, Senators and Tigers from 1952 through 1958.
Originally signed by the Red Sox in 1948, Bolling would not make his major league debut until September of 1952 when he’d play in 11 games for the Red Sox.
Remaining on the Boston roster through early 1957, he’d hit .263 in 109 games in 1953.
Playing in 91 games for Washington, Bolling would hit .227.
Prior to the 1958 season, the Senators would trade Bolling to the Cleveland Indians for minor leaguer Pete Mesa. One month later, the Indians would trade Bolling again, this time to the Detroit Tigers.
Bolling would play in just 24 games for the 1958 Tigers, playing in his final major league game in late July.
Bolling’s brother Frank would have a little more success, playing from 1954 through 1966 with the Detroit Tigers and the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves.
Paul Aaron Lindblad B Aug. 9, 1941 D Jan. 1, 2006
Originally signed by the Kansas City Athletics in 1963, Paul Lindblad would first appear in the majors in late 1965, pitching in 4 games. Lindblad would remain with the Athletics, moving with the franchise to Oakland after the 1967 season, through May of 1971.
Traded to the Washington Senators, along with Frank Fernandez and Don Mincher in exchange for Mike Epstein and Darold Knowles, Lindblad’s only season in Washington would see him post a 6-4 record in 43 games with a 2.58 ERA.
Lindblad would go through a second franchise shift, this time as the Senators morphed into the Texas Rangers. Pitching in Texas in 1972, the Athletics would trade for him after the 1972 season.
Lindblad would remain with Oakland through 1976 and was purchased by, guess who, the Texas Rangers. Lindblad would pitch for Texas in 1977 and a portion of 1978 before being purchased again, this time by the New York Yankees. Lindblad would only appear in 7 games with the Bronx Bombers in his final season.
He would be purchased one more time, this time by the Seattle Mariners, but would be given his release prior to the 1979 season.
Lindblad would make World Series appearances with the Athletics in 1973 and the Yankees in 1978 and in the American League Championship Series in 1975.
Claude Wilson Osteen B Aug. 9, 1939 Still Living
Claude Osteen pitched for 18 years in the major leagues with 6 different teams. He is best remembered for his 9 years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, however he was originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds in 1957, making his major league debut with the Reds in July of 1957.
Osteen would only appear in 3 games for the Reds that season, and wouldn’t return to the majors until 1959. After just 1 game with the Reds in 1961, he was traded to the expansion Senators for Dave Sisler.
He’d remain a Senator through 1964. Although on the roster of a team mired firmly in last place of the then 10 team American League, Osteen would post a 15-13 record with a 3.33 ERA in 1964.
After the season, he’d be part of the multi-player trade, noted in yesterday’s writeup of Frank Howard that sent Osteen, along with John Kennedy to the Dodgers in exchange for Frank Howard, Ken McMullen, Dick Nen, Phil Ortega and Pete Richert.
Osteen would remain a Dodger from 1965 through 1973, winning 20 games in 1969 and 1972. During that span, he’d pitch in the World Series of 1965 & 1966 and would be selected for the National League All Star team in 1967, 1970 and 1973, getting the win in the 1970 contest.
After 1973 he’d be traded to the Houston Astros where he’d pitch in 23 games before being traded again in mid-August to the St. Louis Cardinals. Released by the Cardinals in April of 1975, Osteen would play one more season after being signed by the White Sox as a free agent. His career would end at the end of the 1975 season.
John Frederick Sanford B Aug. 9, 1919 Still Living
Fred Sanford first showed up in the majors for 3 games with the 1943 St. Louis Browns. He wouldn’t return to a major league roster until 1946 when he’d spend another 3 seasons with the Browns.
After the 1948 season he was traded to the New York Yankees. Sanford would spend the 1949 and 1950 seasons on the Yankees roster.
He’d start the 1951 season in New York, but after 11 games was traded to the Washington Senators along with Tom Ferrick and Bob Porterfield (who will be covered on August 10th) in exchange for Bob Kuzava.
Sanford would pitch in just 7 games for the Senators, posting a 2-3 record with a 6.57 ERA. After just a month and a half as a Senator, Sanford would be traded again, this time back to the Browns for Dick Starr. Sanford would play in 9 more games with the Browns when his major league career would end in mid September of 1951.
Howard Paul (Highball) Wilson B Aug. 9, 1878 D Oct. 16, 1934
“Highball”-an interesting nickname. I wonder if he earned that moniker for his ability to throw the “high, hard one” or if it comes from a propensity to knock back a few after a game?
Regardless, the curiously nicknamed Highball Wilson got his start in the majors with the Cleveland National League entry, then known as the Spiders, in 1899 when he pitched in just 1 game and departed with an 0-1 record and an ERA of 9.0.
He’d return to the majors in 1902 with the Philadelphia Athletics, where he’d go 7-5 in 13 games.
1903 would find Wilson on the roster of the Washington Senators where he’d go 7-18 with a 3.31 ERA. Wilson would return with the Senators in 1904, pitching 3 complete games and posting an 0-3 record with a 4.68 ERA. He’d depart the Senators, and the majors, in mid-May of 1904, presumably to spend more time in search of the perfect highball.