October 2013 archive

Oct 30

The 1948 Project – Whisper’s from Washington 26 May 1948

Sid Hudson and Tom Ferrick team up to shut Cleveland out with three hits tonight and leave the Indians’ 30,612 admirers less admiring by pitching the Nats to a 2-0 victory. Hudson has gotten off to a rough start, but today he was on top of his game. Player Profile – Sid Hudson Sid was …

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Oct 29

The 1948 Project – Whisper’s from Washington 25 May 1948

Lemon Whitewashes the Nats. Bob Lemon scatters six hits as the Indians win their nineteenth game while the Senators fall to 12-18. Al Kozar collects half of Washington’s four hits and helps turn a nifty double play in the second inning ending a potential rally. But Cleveland breaks the game open in the third. Once …

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Oct 28

A look at the Pre Season 1887 Senators

The following published in late March 1887, gives an interesting overview of the Washington nine by a correspondent from the Washington Star. The players of the Washington team who have reported for duty took advantage of every opportunity, during the past week, o limber up. The grounds were not in good condition, owing to the …

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Oct 26

Adding Williams as manager, keeping Knorr as coach could give Nats everything they want

The Nationals’ search for a new manager is apparently over with the reported selection of Arizona Diamondbacks’ coach Matt Williams to lead the team. Williams, 47, current Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr and San Diego office assistant Brad Ausmus were on the team’s list of finalists as they seemed to be joining the trend of …

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Oct 24

What Krieg Says.

Interview with Bill Krieg in the Washington Critic on 22 June 1887. Washington is 14-24, on their way to another losing season. The cranks have become croakers and the team is losing the press too. Billy Krieg has returned to the city, having been ordered home by Manager John Gaffney. Considerable surprise was manifested by …

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Oct 22

The Great Grasshopper

In 1887 Sporting Life lists an All Star line-up from a noted Boston crank. Here is the list, Jim Whitney, P; Charlie Bennett, C; Cap Anson, lb; Hardy Richardson, 2b; Buck Ewing, 3b.; John Ward, SS; Jim O’Rourke. Lf; Paul Hines, Cf; Sam Thompson, Rf. Pretty good nine! But Jim Whitney? You may well ask. …

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Oct 18

ONCE UP A DIAMOND, Senators wore spikes

ONCE UP A DIAMOND, Senators wore spikes. They played at a ballpark even though it was called a stadium. Griffith Stadium. In the early fifties, folks came by car and by trolley. They paid $2.50 for a box seat. A dime for a scorecard. A quarter for a coke. Same for a hot dog – …

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Oct 11

The 1948 Project – Whisper’s from Washington 7 May 1948

Too much Lemon for Washington’s taste. Bob Lemon, the converted infielder/outfielder shut out Washington on just four hits while striking out eleven men. Lemon helped win his own game in the third inning with a ringing double to center field. The crowd was meager, the rain keeping many fans home. Maybe it was the weather …

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Oct 10

William Frederick Krieg

Bill Krieg got his first chance in the majors playing for Chicago/Pittsburgh Union clubs in 1884. He batted .247 in 71 games. He returned to the minors but spent time with two clubs in 1885, playing just 17 games. Krieg arrived in Washington as part of the so-called Hartford Five. Primarily a first baseman for …

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Oct 10

The 1948 Project – Meet the Senators

Pitching should be a strong suit for Washington in 1948. With Early Wynn, Walt Masterson, Sid Hudson and Milton “Mickey” Haefner, the Nats will be tough. Masterson compiled a 1947 streak of 34 scoreless innings while finishing with a 12-18 record. He will share the #1 spot with Early Wynn, the 17 game winner. Sid …

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