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Apr 15

This Date in Washington Senators History

April 15

President Eisenhower

President Eisenhower

April 15, 1957-President Dwight Eisenhower throws out the traditional first pitch of the year. The ball that the

President tossed was the 10th millionth Spalding baseball to be used in Major League Baseball play. Camilo Pascual suffers the defeat as the Senators fall to the Orioles 7-6 in 11 innings in front of 37,223 at Griffith Stadium.

Opening Day box score, April 15, 1957

 

 

Senators Birthday

Captain Gedeon at Boreham Airfield in England, 1944

Captain Gedeon at Boreham Airfield in England, 1944

Elmer John Gedeon B Apr. 15, 1917 D Apr. 20, 1944

Elmer Gedeon appeared in 5 games as an outfielder for the Senators in 1939. He went 3 for 15 at bat, working out to a .200 BA. Sadly he would be killed on April 20, 1944, five days after his 27th birthday, when his plane was shot down in France, making him the first major league player to be killed during World War II.

Elmer Gedeon career record