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This Date in Washington Senators History – Coan is traded for Seivers
1954 The Washington Senators trade Gil Coan to the Baltimore Orioles for Roy Seivers.
George Anthony Mogridge B Feb. 18, 1889 D Mar. 4, 1962
Pitcher George Mogridge would make his big league debut with the Chicago White Sox in mid-August of 1911. Mogridge would post an 0-2 mark in 4 games in his first season with a 4.97 ERA. He’d go 3-4 in 17 games for Chicago in 1912.
Out of the majors in 1913 and 1914, Mogridge would be purchased by the New York Yankees prior to the start of the 1915 season. He’d pitch for New York for the next 6 years, his most active season being 1918 when he’d appear in 45 games, going 16-13 with a 2.98 ERA.
Traded to the Washington Senators, along with Duffy Lewis for Braggo Roth after the 1920 season, Mogridge would pitch for Washington through early June of 1925. In 1924 he’d be 16-11 with a 3.76 ERA and would make his only post-season appearance in 1924, pitching in 2 games, earning 1 win, as the Senators defeated the New York Giants in 7 games to win their only World’s Championship.
After 10 games in 1925, where he was 3-4 with the Senators, Mogridge was on the move again, this time traded to the St. Louis Browns, along with Pinky Hargrave for Hank Severied. Mogridge would finish the season with the Browns going 1-1 in just 2 games.
Traded back to the Yankees before the start of the 1926 season, Mogridge would be released a week later and selected by the Boston Braves where he’d finish his career in 1926 and 1927, his last major league appearance coming in early July of 1927.
Calvin Amandus Neeman B Feb. 18, 1929 Still Living
Signed by the New York Yankees in 1949, catcher Cal Neeman would toil in the Yankees farm system for 8 years before he was drafted by by the Chicago Cubs after the 1956 season.
Neeman would finally make it to the majors as a 28 year old rookie in April of 1957. Playing in 122 games his first season, the only season where he’d play in over 100 games, Neeman would hit .258 with 17 doubles, 10 home runs and 39 RBI’s.
Neeman would remain on the Cubs roster through mid-May of 1960 when he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. Neeman would finish the 1960 season with Philadelphia but would play in just 19 games in 1961.
In early May of 1962 Neeman was purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates where he’d hit .180 in 24 games.
Neeman would be on the move again after the 1962 season, this time traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in February of 1963. However, Neeman would never play for the Cardinals but would be purchased by the Cleveland Indians in early June. He’d make it into only 9 games for the Indians, going 0-9 at the plate with 1 walk when he was sold again, this time being purchased by the Washington Senators. Neeman would finish his career playing in 14 games for the Senators, his last major league appearance coming in late September of 1963.
Joe Hicks Tipton B Feb. 18, 1922 D Mar. 1, 1994
Joe Tipton was another catcher who bounced around the majors and finished his career in Washington.
Originally signed by the Cleveland Indians in 1941, Tipton would finally make it to the majors in early May of 1948. Playing in 47 games, Tipton would hit .289, the best mark of his 7 year career. Tipton would make 1 plate appearance in the 1948 World Series as the Indians defeated the Boston Braves.
Traded to the Chicago White Sox after the 1948 season, Tipton would play in 67 games for Chicago in 1949.
Traded again after the 1949 season, Tipton would spend the next couple of years with the Philadelphia Athletics. He’d be released by the A’s after appearing in 23 games in June of 1952 and would be signed by the Cleveland Indians where he’d finish the 1952 season and also play in 1953.
Traded to the Washington Senators before the start of the 1954 season for Mickey Grasso, Tipton’s final season in the majors would see him in 54 games hitting .223 for Washington, his last major league appearance coming in late September.