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Jun 23

This Day in D.C. Baseball History – The Babe Gets Ejected After Walking Senators’ Morgan

June 23, 1917

The Babe Gets Ejected After Walking Senators’ Morgan

In the top of the first inning of the first game of a scheduled double-header between the Senators and the Red Sox, Babe Ruth gave up a four pitch walk to the Senators’ Ray Morgan. The 24 year old Ruth was so outraged that umpire Brick Owens called four straight balls that Ruth threatened to punch the umpire. Brick Owens did not waste any time throwing out the Red Sox hurler. To cap it off Owens tossed out Pinch Thomas the Red Sox starting catcher.

With the Senators’ Ray Morgan on first base, Ernie Shore took the mound for the Red Sox, and Sam Agnew took over as the Red Sox catcher. Before the crowd stopped booing at Fenway Park, Agnew went on to throw out Morgan as he attempted to steal 2nd base.

At the time no one knew it, but Ray Morgan would be the last Senator to get on base. Ernie Shore went on to retire the next twenty six Senators to pick up the very first combined no-hitter in the Major League. In fact the record shows that Shore pitched a perfect game as the Red Sox recorded 27 consecutive outs while Shore was in the game. The Red Sox won the first game 4-0 and followed that up with a 5-0 victory in game two.

 

June 23, 1933

Cronin’s 5th Consecutive Multi-Hit Game

Player and Manager Joe Cronin lead the Senators to their 3rd straight victory, 7 to 3, over the White Sox, with his 5th consecutive multi-hit game. The victory puts the Senators a half-game ahead of the New York Yankees.

At the time Cronin set a Major League Record with 13 hits in a three game span and 15 hits in four game span.

Quick Facts:

  • Washington Senators end the season in 1st place (99-53) in the American League, seven games ahead of the New York Yankees (91-59).
  • Washington Senators lose the World Series in five games to the New York Giants.
  • The 1933 Washington Senators team had a total of four future Hall of Fame players.

Joe Cronin

Goose Goslin

Heinie Manush

Sam Rice

  • In 1933 Washington Senators pitcher Alvin Crowder joined shortstop Joe Cronin on the first ever American League All Star Team.

  • TPNF

    I used to live in Winston-Salem, NC, and the team plays in Ernie Shore field. I also loved this story.