George McBride, 1921
Record as Senator manager: 80-73, .523 Pct,
1921: 80-73 .523 Pct. 4th
It came as no surprise that Clark Griffith anointed George McBride as his successor in the dugout. During his final seasons as an active player, McBride was Griffith’s apprentice, frequently filling in as the acting manager when Griffith was on the road scouting or attending to front office duties.
The Nats team captain from 1909 until his appointment to the manager’s seat, McBride was a classic “good field, no hit” player. During his 13 seasons as Washington’s SS, McBride was recognized as the premier glove man in the AL, leading the league in fielding percentage in 1909 and from 1912-1915. Despite a lifetime .218 batting average, McBride had a knack for picking up clutch hits, not unlike another Washington SS to come along 6 decades later, Eddie Brinkman. Due to his defensive prowess, McBride, from 1911-1914, garnered some votes for the Chalmers Award, the forerunner to the MVP, in spite of his light hitting.
The former shortstop’s only season at the helm was marred when McBride suffered a concussion and partial paralysis of his face from an errant throw by Earl Smith prior to a game on July 27. McBride was bedridden for a week and returned to the Senators on August 4. During his absence, Clyde Milan filled in for McBride and had the Nats in the midst of an 11 game winning streak upon McBride’s return. While McBride led the Senators to an 80-73 record, dizziness and fainting spells from his head injuries impeded his ability to manage the team.
By December, McBride’s condition had not improved and he delivered his resignation to Griffith. Griffith offered McBride a scouting job, but McBride declined due to his health. McBride would be out of the game until 1925, when Tigers player/manager Ty Cobb offered him a coaching position. McBride would coach for Cobb 2 years before Cobb’s release. McBride spent a season coaching in the minors before new Detroit manager Bucky Harris offered him another coaching job before the 1928 season. McBride would serve 2 years under his former player before retiring from baseball after the 1929 season.
Edwin Marvin Stroud D Oct. 31, 1939 Still Living
Outfielder Ed Stroud was signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1963. He’d debut with the White Sox in September of 1966. Playing in 11 games, he’d go 6 for 36 at bat with 2 doubles.
Starting the 1967 season in Chicago, Stroud would only make it into 20 games before being traded to the Washington Senators for Jim King. Stroud would remain with the Senators through 1970, the 1970 season being his best at the plate when he’d hit .266 in 129 games with 11 doubles, 5 triples and 5 home runs.
After the 1970 season, Stroud would be dealt back to the White Sox, being traded for Tom McCraw. Stroud would play in just 44 games for the White Sox, his last major league appearance coming in late June of 1971.
Edgar Raymond Treadaway B Oct. 31, 1907 D Oct. 12, 1935
Senators Short Timer Ray Treadaway would appear in 6 games for the 1930 Senators, playing 3rd base and going 4 for 19 at bat, including 2 doubles.