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Jun 12

This Date in Washington Senators History – Senators blow 11-1 lead

June 12

1910 – The 1906 White Sox were dubbed the “Hitless Wonders”, but the 1910 incarnation appears to be trying to steal that moniker. For the third straight day, the punchless Sox are shutout by the visiting Nats, this time 3-0. RHP Bob Groom collects the win.

1923 – The Browns double up the Nats, 3-1, at Griffith. A rarity occurs when Walter Johnson is outpitched in a pitching duel. St. Louis southpaw Dave Danforth is the winner.

1938 – In the rubber match of a three game series with Detroit, the Senators absorb a humiliating defeat at the hand of the Tigers. The Sens lose 18-12 in the nation’s capital, but it is not the 18 runs that the Sens give up that is embarrassing. It is the lead that they somehow cannot hold. Washington had an 11-1 lead in the top of the 6th inning when the rains came. After the rain delay, the Tigers roar for 17 runs in the last 4 innings off Bucky Harris‘ men to complete the 3 game sweep.

1954 – In one of the few good acquisitions of the early 1950’s, Washington purchases little used OF Jim Lemon from Cleveland. Lemon will bounce between Washington and the minors for the next one and a half seasons before breaking out in 1956.

1960 – The Nats hit 8 home runs in a double header split with Detroit at Griffith. The Nats score 5 early runs in the opener and are never threatened for a comfortable 8-3 victory. Game two Senators starter Hal Woodeshick is sent to an early shower, as the Tigers build a 9-1 advantage to win, 12-5. Lemon swats 3 homers, 1 in the first game and 2 in the second, in this twinbill.

1967 – It is a record setting night in Washington. Returning to the confines of RFK, the Senators are looking to rebound from a dismal 3-9 road trip. The 1st place White Sox come into town looking to increase their lead in the AL with a sweep of the 10th place Sens.

The Sens spot starter Joe Coleman a 4-1 lead, but the Sox knot the tilt with 3 runs in the 7th to chase Coleman. In the 10th, both squads trade runs to make the game tied at 5. Over the next 11 scoreless innings, both teams squander opportunities to score. The Pale Hose have runners gunned out at home in the 13th and 16th innings. The Nats load the bases with one out in the 20th, but Paul Casanova hits into a 5-2-3 double play to squash the threat. Finally, in the bottom of the 22nd inning, Casanova ends it with a RBI single to score Hank Allen at 2:43 am for a memorable 6-5 victory.

Some records were set in this 22 inning contest. 1B Mike Epstein stays alert and sets an AL record with 32 put-outs. RF Cap Pedersen has trouble staying awake in right as he records no put-outs or assists. Neither team commits an error, the longest errorless game in major league history. The 6 hour, 38 minute time sets a major league record for the longest night game.

Senators Birthdays

Joseph Abram Agler B Jun. 12, 1887 D Apr. 26, 1971

An early “Senators Short timer”, Joe Agler appeared in 2 games for the Senators in late 1912, going 0-1 at the plate.

An outfielder/first baseman, Agler would play 1 full season in 1914 for the Buffalo Buffeds of the Federal League hitting .272. In 1915 he’d split time between Buffalo and the Baltimore Terrapins, also of the Federal League.

The Federal League would end play after the 1915 season, Agler’s major league career ended that year as well.

Joe Agler career record