November 2013 archive

Nov 08

Hoy The Gunslinger

This little tale was printed in 1899. Dummy Hoy had been feuding with Tommy Tucker. Tucker was boisterous and known for his antics. Tommy Tucker and Billy Hoy of the Louisville’s are not on the best of terms, though the enmity that existed a year ago is no longer as bitter. One night last year …

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Nov 07

Opera Ball Players

Late April 1899. The Wagner’s continue to sell off their best players while the local nine habitats in the basement of the National League. For a brief moment the attention of the fans, cranks no more, turns to opera. The members of the Alice Nielsen Opera Company hugely enjoyed a couple of hours’ sport this …

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Nov 06

The 1948 Project – Whisper’s from Washington 2 June 1948

Ray Scarborough tosses five hitter. Bob Lemon was once again on the mound. He sat down the first eleven batters he faced. Then up came Gil Coan. Coan pumped a single into left, but didn’t tally there long. On the third pitch to Bud Stewart, Coan stole second and on the next pitch Coan came …

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Nov 05

Hot Stove topic – Starting Pitching

You never have enough pitching. Washington fans expected the starting pitching to be a strong suit last year. Washington ended up using ten starting pitchers. The starting four of Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Gio Gonzalez and Ross Detweiler returns for the 2014 campaign. The available in-house options for the fifth starter include Tanner Roark and …

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Nov 03

Letter from Arthur Irwin. 4 January 1899

The team’s manager, Arthur Irwin, sent the following letter to the press and it was published. Washington baseball enthusiasts would shortly suffer through their 8th season under the odious ownership of the wretched Wagner brothers. An interesting letter was received this morning from Manager Arthur Irwin of the Washington Base Ball Club, dated at Norfolk, …

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