February 2014 archive

Feb 26

“Old Reliable” Learns a Lesson

Washington has enjoyed a long list of good baseball writers. From RM Larner to Dick Heller, District baseball fans have been entertained, enlightened and cajoled by their penmanship. The following tale from the pen of the talented John Heydler dates to the spring of 1896. Rumors were flying that Jim McGuire was going to forsake …

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Feb 21

2nd Annual D.C. Baseball History Winter Meeting – Tomorrow at 1:00

Join us at our 2nd Annual D.C. Baseball History Winter Meeting. Last year we filled the 50 seats at the meeting this year we will be in a room that will hold 80 seats. FYI, this is a free event. The only reason you would need money during the event is if you decide to …

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Feb 21

The 1948 Project – 17 September 1948 Whispers from Washington

Walt Masterson steps to the rubber, this day he will be facing fire-balling Bob Feller. It has been a good year, but not a great year for Feller. Masterson is having a good year despite his record of 8-13.Jim Hegan breaks the tie in the second with a two run home run. In the fourth …

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Feb 20

The 1948 Project – 16 September 1948 Whispers from Washington

Larry Doby’s Grand Slam puts first game out of reach. Eddie Yost, now comfortably situated in the lead-off position doubled to left. Al Kozar followed with a single to right that scored Yost and Kozar went to second on the throw home. Yost scored the second run of the inning when Bud Stewart singled. That …

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Feb 14

2014 Predictions – Pitching

Pitchers and catchers report. Here is how some of the ratings services view the Nationals. The top five National starters last year pitched 833 innings or 57.6% of the total pitched. Another way to look at the 2013 pitching staff is their WAR rating. The big four had a total of 9.8, although it was …

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Feb 13

“All Up!”

6 July in the midst of a modest winning streak one Washington paper takes it upon itself to ask fans, “”Root harder!” All Up in the seventh! We’re on the road to ninth place.” Maybe only in Washington would making it to ninth place be considered something of value to achieve, but the remark, “All …

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Feb 10

Toronto Seven

13 September 1898, Washington fans are awakened to headlines that the Wagners had sold the team to Arthur Irwin. One paper penned this article; “Well, the break has come at last, and we are to experience a change in the management of the Senators. Arthur Irwin, the Toronto magnate, has purchased an interest in the …

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Feb 06

MASN Update

The MASN stalemate continues. Mr. Jonah Keri in a recent column on his web site Grantland gives an update on the subject. Here is the link to his article; http://grantland.com/features/baltimore-orioles-offseason-spending-al-east/ MASN is what is called a Regional Sports Network or RSN. Per Wikipedia; “A regional sports network, or RSN, is a cable television channel that …

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Feb 01

Bill Eagle

Bill Eagle was born in Rockville in 1877. In 1898 Rockville was described as “a suburban resort near the Capital City.” When he first came up one article mentioned, “Several years ago be used to scramble around the diamond at Rockville, and it was then said that he was going to be a player some …

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