March 2017 archive

Mar 22

This Date in Washington Senators History

March 22 Senators Birthdays James Dennison Sebring B Mar. 22, 1882 D Dec. 22, 1909 Outfielder Jimmy Sebring spent 5 years in the major leagues and is another one of those players who added a footnote to his career record with a solitary appearance with the Washington Senators at the end of his playing days. …

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Mar 21

This Date in Washington Senators History

March 21 Senators Birthdays James Francis (Shanty) Hogan B Mar. 21, 1906 D Apr. 7, 1967 Shanty Hogan arrived in the major leagues in late June of 1925 with the Boston Braves. Starting as an outfielder, Hogan would play in 9 games, hitting .286 in 21 at bats. Converted to a catcher, Hogan would play …

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Mar 20

This Date in Washington Senators History

March 20 Senators Birthdays John Joseph Boehling B Mar. 20, 1891 D Sep. 8, 1941 Pitcher Joe Boehling would join the Senators in late June of 1912. Appearing in just 3 games, Boehling would hurl 5 innings, surrendering 4 hits, 4 runs, 6 walks, 2 hit batsman and 2 wild pitches. Boehling would return with …

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Mar 19

This Date in Washington Senators History

March 19 Senators Birthdays Elmari Wilhelm (Elmer) Bowman B Mar. 19, 1897 D Dec. 17, 1985.  Senators Short Timer Elmer Bowman was on the Washington roster for 6 days in August of 1920. Making 2 plate appearances, Bowman would go 0-1 with a walk and a run scored, departing with a BA of .000 and …

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Mar 18

This Date in Washington Senators History

March 18 Senators Birthdays Richard Charles Mulligan B Mar. 18, 1918 D Dec. 15, 1992 Pitcher Dick Mulligan would start his very brief major league career as a One Game Wonder with the 1941 Senators. Making his debut in late September, Mulligan’s 1 appearance would see him pitching 9 full innings, giving up 11 hits, …

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Mar 17

This Date in Washington Senators History – Griffith Stadium catches on Fire

March 17 1911 – Washington’s Griffith Stadium, currently under construction and being prepared for an April opener, catches fire when plumbers working on the piping start a fire that burned down the grandstand. Since the water has been shut off, firemen can do nothing at first. It took the firemen, some time before they could …

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Mar 16

This Date in Washington Senators History

March 16 1953 American League owners turn down a bid made by Bill Veeck to move the St. Louis Browns to Baltimore. The “reason”-not enough time before the start of the season. Led by Washington Senators owner Clark Griffith, the owners vote 6 – 2 against the move. (The move would be made 2 days …

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Mar 15

Wounded Veteran gets a Try Out

March 15, 1945 College Park, MD – Bert Shepard, a one legged veteran of World War II, tries out as a pitcher for the Washington Senators. The Senators owner Clark Griffith was so impressed with Shepard that he hired him as the team’s pitching coach. During the 1945 spring training Shepard with his artificial leg …

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Mar 15

This Date in Washington Senators History

March 15 1944 In accordance with wartime travel restrictions the Washington Senators train at the University of Maryland. The Senators enter camp with 6 knuckleball pitchers on their spring training roster: Alex Carrasquel, Mickey Haefner, Dutch Leonard, Bill Lefebvre, Johnny Niggleing and Roger Wolff. Haefner, Leonard, Niggeling and Wolff all are selected for the starting …

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Mar 14

This Date in Washington Senators History

March 14 Senators Birthdays John Wyeth (Red) Marion B Mar. 14, 1914 D Mar. 13, 1975 Senators Short Timer Red Marion spent 2 distinct stints with Washington separated by 7 years. First arriving in the majors in mid-September of 1935, outfielder Marion would appear in 4 games, going 2 for 11 with a double and …

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