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This Date in Washington Senators History
Theodore Wade Abernathy B Mar. 6, 1933 D Dec. 16, 2004
Pitcher Ted Abernathy’s career took him to 7 teams (including 2 separate stints with the Chicago Cubs) over 14 seasons in 18 years. Signed by the Washington Senators before the start of the 1952 season, Abernathy would debut with the Senators in April of 1955 as a 22 year old rookie. Pitching in 40 games that first season, Abernathy would compile a 5-9 record with a 5.96 ERA. Abernathy would pitch in just 5 games for Washington in 1956, going 1-3. He’d pitch in 26 games in 1957, going 2-10.
Out of the major leagues in 1958 and 1959, Abernathy would appear in 2 games for Washington in 1960. His ERA swelling to 12.00, he’d be released by the Senators in mid-May. Signed by the Milwaukee Braves a month later, Abernathy would never appear in a game for the Braves. In mid-July of 1961 Abernathy was sold to the Cleveland Indians.
Abernathy would return to the majors with Cleveland in 1963, going 7-3 with a 2.88 ERA. He’d appear in 53 games for the Indians in 1964, going 2-6. Purchased by the Chicago Cubs at the start of the 1965 season, Abernathy would appear in 84 games, compiling a 4-6 record.
Abernathy would start the 1966 season with the Cubs but would be traded to the Atlanta Braves in late July. After the 1966 season, Abernathy was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds where he’d have 2 winning seasons, going 6-3 in 70 games in 1967 and 10-7 in 78 games in 1968.
Traded back to the Cubs in January of 1969, Abernathy would spend another season in Chicago, going 4-3 in 56 games. Starting the 1970 season in Chicago, Abernathy would appear in 11 games for the Cubs before he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. Appearing in another 11 games in St. Louis, Abernathy would be on the move again in early July, this time traded to the Kansas City Royals in early July.
Abernathy would have a chance to settle down in KC where he’d finish the 1970 season. He’d remain with the Royals through the end of the 1972 season, his final major league game coming in late September. He’d be released by the Royals in February of 1973.
Roy Inglof Hansen B Mar. 6, 1898 D Feb. 9, 1977
Senators Short Timer Roy Hansen would spend 5 weeks with Washington in the summer of 1918. Pitching in 5 games, Hansen would post a 1-0 record with a 3.00 ERA.