May 12

This Date in Washington Senators History – Big Train picks up 400th win

May 12

1926 Walter Johnson picks up his 400th career victory as the St. Louis Browns fall to the Sens 7-4 at

Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson

Griffith Stadium.

1956 An 8 run bottom of the second propels the Senators to a 12-9 win over Boston. Washington’s Jerry Snyder falls a single short of the cycle and drives in 5 of his 14 RBI’s for the year. Roy Sievers and Ernie Oravetz chip in 2 runs apiece. Every Sens position player picks up at least 1 hit and scores a run, except for Pete Runnels, who wears an 0 for 5 collar.

1964 Baltimore’s Dave McNally throws a 2 hit complete game as the Orioles whitewash the Sens 5-0 at RFK. Chuck Hinton and Fred Valentine collect the only 2 Senators hits.

1968 At RFK, Frank Howard hits 2 home runs as the Sens defeat the eventual World Champion Tigers 6-3. Joe Coleman gets the complete game win, upping his mark to 2-2.

Senators Birthdays

James Harry Dean B May 12, 1915 D Jun. 1, 1960

Another “short timer” with the Senators, Harry Dean pitched in 2 games for the Senators in 1941. His short record covers 2 IP, 3 runs (1 earned) for an ERA of 4.5.

Harry Dean career record

Edward Hoyte (Ed) Lyons B May 12, 1923 D Jan. 25, 2009

Ed Lyons appeared in 7 games for the 1947 Senators, hitting 4 for 26 for a .154 BA

Ed Lyons career record

George Earl McNeely B May 12, 1898 D Jul. 16, 1971

Earl McNeely spent 8 years in the major leagues, from 1924-1931, spending his first 4 years in Washington and ending his career with the St. Louis Browns. Perhaps his best season with the Senators was 1926 when he appeared in 124 games, with 134 hits in 442 AB, good for a .303 BA. He was a prt of the World Championship team in 1924 and the pennant winner of 1925.

Earl McNeely career record

Thomas Mullen Umphlett B May 12, 1930 D Sep. 21, 2012

An outfielder from 1953-1955, Umphlett’s best season was his rookie year when hit hit .283 with 3 home runs with the Red Sox. He spent the 1954 & 1955 seasons in Washington where his hitting didn’t match the promise he showed in his rookie season.

Tom Umphlett career record