Monthly Archive: April 2016

Apr 30

This Date in Washington Senators History – Gehrig’s Consecutive game streak reaches 2,130

April 30 1939 – The Senators win 3-2, beating the Yankees in New York. Making the game notable is the fact that Lou Gehrig‘s 2,130 consecutive game streak comes to an end today. He is hitting .143 with just 4 hits since the beginning of the season. Senators Birthdays Anton Christian (Tony) Brottem B Apr. …

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Apr 30

Arrested for keeping a Foul Ball

         On April 30, 1901, Charles Clarke, a resident of 740 “H” Street in Northeast Washington was arrested after picking up a foul ball that flew over the grandstand at American League Park and onto Trinidad Avenue. Clarke, described by the Washington Post as weighing over 200 pounds, retrieved the ball and ran to “I” …

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Apr 29

Nats’ National League Debut

April 29, 1886 The Washington Nationals made their National League debut when they played the Philadelphia Quakers at the Swampoodle grounds in Washington D.C. The veteran Philadelphia ball club was managed by Harry Wright and the Washington ball club was managed by Mike Scanlon. The Washington fans were eager to see how their new Nationals …

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Apr 29

This Date in Washington Senators History

April 29 1969 – At Tiger Stadium, Senators starter Joe Coleman heads into the bottom of the 9th inning with a 4-2 lead over Detroit. Coleman retires 3B Tom Matchick on a fly to left for the first out, but gives up a single to C Bill Freehan and a walk to PH Dave Campbell. …

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Apr 28

This Date in Washington Senators History

April 28 1911 – Walter Johnson picks up his first victory of the season with a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia. The only run yielded by the the “Big Train” is a solo HR to Frank “Home Run” Baker. This will be the first of 25 wins for Johnson as he will finish fifth in the …

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Apr 27

Sid Hudson blanks Yanks 1-0 on Babe Ruth Day

Declared “Babe Ruth Day” by Major League Baseball, April 27, 1947 is also a special day in Washington Senators history. On April 27, Babe Ruth gave a speech promoting baseball as the best game in the world to the fans watching him at Yankee stadium, as well as to audiences across America. What many don’t …

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Apr 27

This Date in Washington Senators History – Flood leaves Senators after 15 games

April 27 1947 – It’s Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium. 58,339 fans in attendance hear the Babe give his farewell address. Ruth, who was suffering from throat cancer would succumb to the disease the next year. The Senators spoil the tribute winning 1-0 with the Senators Sid Hudson getting the victory over Spurgeon (Spud) …

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Apr 26

This Date in Washington Senators History

Sam Dente

April 26 1901 – The American League starts play in Philadelphia, with the Senators besting the Philadelphia Athletics by the score of 5-1. 1931 – The Senators defeat the New York Yankees by a score of 9-7. A bizarre play seals the win for the Senators and possibly costs Lou Gehrig the 1931 home run …

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Apr 25

Is this fun enough for you?

The Nationals have a new slogan this season, and it’s probably not the one the marketing team envisioned. Instead of the “One Pursuit” tagline the team rolled out for the 2016 season, what seems to have caught on with the fans is Bryce Harper’s seemingly impromptu “Make Baseball Fun Again.” Spawned in the the wake …

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Apr 25

This Date in Washington Senators History

April 25 Senators Birthdays James Edward (Red) Bird B Apr. 25, 1890 D Mar. 23, 1972 One Game Wonder Red Bird had his cup of coffee with the Senators on September 17th of 1921. His official line lists him as having pitched 5 innings, giving up 3 runs (all earned) with 1 walk, 2 strike …

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