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This Date in Washington Senators History
James Francis (Shanty) Hogan B Mar. 21, 1906 D Apr. 7, 1967
Shanty Hogan arrived in the major leagues in late June of 1925 with the Boston Braves. Starting as an outfielder, Hogan would play in 9 games, hitting .286 in 21 at bats. Converted to a catcher, Hogan would play in 4 games for the Braves in 1926, his BA again .286.
Hogan would make it into 71 games with the Braves in 1927, raising his average 2 points to .288. Traded to the New York Giants before the 1928 season, (A memorable trade-this is the exchange that sent Rogers Hornsby from the Giants to the Boston Braves.) Hogan would get a chance to play regularly, making it into 131 games in his first season with the Giants, hitting a very respectable .333.
Hogan would remain with the Giants through 1932, hitting .300 or better every season with the exception of 1932 when he tailed off to a still respectable .287. Purchased by his original team, the Boston Braves, Hogan would spend the next 3 years (1933-1935) back in Beantown until he was released by the Braves in early August of ’35. One week later he’d be signed by the Cleveland Indians but would never appear in a game for the Tribe. After the 1935 season, Hogan was on his way from Cleveland to Washington.
Hogan would finish his major league career with the Senators-he’d appear in 19 games for Washington in 1936 hitting .323 in 65 AB.
1937 would be Hogan’s final season in the majors-he’d be traded to Indianapolis of the American Association in early May. However, that trade was voided and Hogan was on his way back to Washington 2 and 1/2 weeks later. Hogan’s last appearance in the majors came in mid-June and he was released by the Senators a week later.
Newton Smith (Bucky) Jacobs B Mar. 21, 1913 D Jun. 15, 1990
Senators Short Timer is a relative term discussing Bucky Jacobs-he’d start his brief major league career in late June of 1937 and would end it in early June of 1940. Pitching in small portions of the 1937, 1939 and 1940 seasons, Jacobs would appear in 22 games total, compiling a 1-2 record with a 4.91 ERA.
Edward Frederick Klieman B Mar. 21, 1918 D Nov. 15, 1979
Pitcher Ed Klieman is another of those players who spent a very short time with the Senators in a career that spanned a number of years-in Klieman’s case only 2 of the 222 games he appeared in were in a Senators uniform. Klieman would first make it to the majors as a 25 year old, appearing in 1 game for the Cleveland Indians. Pitching a full 9 innings, Klieman would be credited with a complete game, being charged with the loss after giving up just 1 run.
Returning with the Indians in 1944, Klieman would pitch in 47 games compiling an 11-13 record with a 3.38 ERA. He’d remain with the Indians through 1948, his most active season being 1947 when he’d appear in 58 games compiling a 5-4 record. Klieman would get a taste of post season play with the Indians in 1948 when they defeated the Boston Braves in the World Series. However, Klieman wouldn’t contribute much. He’d appear in 1 game, giving up 2 walks, 1 hit and 3 earned runs, compiling an infinite ERA in World Series play.
Traded to the Washington Senators, along with Joe Haynes and Eddie Robinson for Mickey Vernon and Early Wynn in December of 1948, Klieman would pitch in 2 games for the 1949 Senators, giving up 8 hits and 6 runs in just 3 innings of work. This performance earned Klieman a release from the Senators.
He’d be selected off waivers by the New York Yankees but before ever having a chance to put on the pinstripes, Klieman was purchased by the Chicago White Sox where he’d post a 2-0 record in 18 games, lowering his ERA to 3.00. Klieman would be on the move again after the 1949 season, this time headed to Philadelphia as he was traded to the Athletics. After appearing in 5 games for the Athletics, his ERA on the rise to 9.53, he received his final release in early June of 1950.