Monthly Archive: May 2016

May 31

This Date in Washington Senators History

May 31 1920 – In a morning-afternoon doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, the Yankees outscore the Senators, 7-6 and 10-7. In the early bird contest, Sens reliever Al Schacht gives up 3 ninth inning runs for the 7-6 Sens defeat. 38,000 fans on hand for the PM tilt witness Walter Johnson‘s 4.2 innings of ineffective …

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May 30

Big Train’s Last Shutout

May 30, 1927 Walter “The Big Train” Johnson gave up only three hits as he led the Washington Senators (18-18) to a 3-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox (10-26). The shutout will be the Big Train’s “Major League Record” 110th career shutout and the last one of his illustrious career. Walter Johnson’s shutout record …

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May 30

Strasburg’s better (No, really, he is)!

So where are the Stephen Strasburg trolls now? A year ago, they were out in force, but a guy who was once seen by some as a first-round bust seems to have quieted them, maybe for good. Remember last year, when Strasburg was lifted from a game in Cincinnati after just batter into the second …

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May 30

This Date in Washington Senators History – Earl Whitehill’s no-hit bid broken by a 9th inning single

May 30 1912 – Floundering with a 17-21 record, the Senators purchase the contract of 1B Chick Gandil from Montreal of the International League. With Manager Griffith immediately placing Gandil in the lineup, the Sens reel off 17 straight wins to rise from 6th to 2nd place. 1913 – Harry Hooper of Boston leads off …

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May 29

This Date in Washington Senators History – Killebrew’s Homers lead Senators over O’s 6-5

May 29 1912 – Boston batters draw 15 walks and tag Nats pitching with 18 hits and 21 runs in a 21-8 shellacking at Fenway. The Sens score 11 runs in the second game, but it is still not enough as the Red Sox win 12-11. 1917 – The Boston pitching duo of Dutch Leonard …

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May 28

This Date in Washington Senators History

May 28 1903 – A 5-4 loss to the Boston Americans at the Huntington Avenue Grounds in Boston starts a 9 game losing streak for Washington. Tom Loftus‘s men will complete the year with a last place, 43-94 record, 47.5 GB the pennant winning Americans. 1920 – With Clyde Milan going 5-for-5, the Senators hold …

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May 28

Let There Be Light

On May 28, 1941 the New York Yankees and the Washington Senators played in the first night game under the lights at Griffith Stadium. The first night game at Griffith Stadium was a big deal. The Washington Senators invited Walter “Big Train” Johnson to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. It was actually the Big …

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May 27

This Date in Washington Senators History – Padres to Washington?

May 27 1911 – Boston P Ray Collins is roughed up in the Sens 9-4 win in Washington. P “Long” Tom Hughes gets the victory. 1925 – The Nats edge the the 1st place Athletics 10-9 at Shibe Park. Walter Johnson picks up his 7th consecutive victory. 1928 – Behind the pitching of Bump Hadley, …

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May 27

Mickey Vernon’s Special Day

On May 27, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sets aside four hours to attend a special baseball “Mickey Vernon-Red Cross Day” game that afternoon at Griffith Stadium. What made this game a special game for the 34th President of the United States of America, was that he was there to present his favorite ball player …

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May 26

This Date in Washington Senators History – 1930 Senators expand lead to 4 games

May 26 Hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend. 1918 – In 3 plate appearances, Walter Johnson helps himself to 2 hits and a walk. On the mound, Johnson pitches a complete game, 4 hitter over visiting Detroit 4-0, extending his scoreless innings streak to 40. 1920 – First sacker Joe Judge is …

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