Apr 23

This Date in Washington Senators History – Johnson pitches his 5th Opening Day shutout

April 23

1903 – The New York Highlanders won their first major-league game with a 7-2 decision over the Washington Senators. Pitcher Harry Howell gets the win for New York.

Walter Johnson

1919 – Walter Johnson records his 5th Opening Day shutout, defeating the Philadelphia Athletics 1-0 in 13 innings. Click here for the Box Score.

1969 30 years to the day after he hit his 1st major league home run, Ted Williams returns to Fenway Park as the

Ted Williams

Ted Williams

manager of the Washington Senators. The Senators win 9-3, with Joe Coleman getting the win and Ken McMullen and Mike Epstein homering for the visitors.

Senators Birthdays

Beveric Benton “Belve” Bean B April 23, 1905 D June 1, 1988

Hailing from the Lone Star State, “Belve” or “Bill” Bean spent 5 years (1930, 1931, 1933-1935) as a pitcher in the majors, spending most of his time with the Cleveland Indians. He ended his pitching days with the Senators, where he appeared in 10 games, finishing with a 2-0 record and an ERA of 7.26.

“Belve” Bean career record

Bob Ganley B April 23,1875 D Oct. 9, 1945

An outfielder whose career began with the 1905 Pittsburgh Pirates, Ganley spent 1907, 1908 and the early part of 1909 with the Senators before finishing his playing days with the 1909 Philadelphia Athletics.

Bob Ganley career record

Samuel Mack Meeks B April 23, 1923 D April 23, 2007

A utility infielder who spent most of his time at short, but could also fill in at second and third, Sammy appeared in 24 games with the 1948 Senators. In 33 AB he only managed 4 hits (one double) for a batting average of .121. Sammy spent the next 3 seasons on the roster of the Cincinnati Reds.

Sammy Meeks career record