Jun 21

This Date in Washington Senators History – Sid Hudson’s bid for a no-hitter

June 21

1914 – If the designated hitter existed in 1914, maybe Walter Johnson could have filled the slot on some days that he didn’t pitch. It is no surprise then that Johnson wins it with his bat today at Detroit. Barney’s grand slam is the difference in the Nats 7-3 win.

1918 – CF Clyde Milan goes from goat to hero in a 3-2, 13 inning victory in the Big Apple. Milan’s drop of what would have been the final out allowed the Yankees to tie in the 9th. Milan redeems himself with the go-ahead RBI single in the 13th to enable Washington to escape with the victory. Johnson pitches all 13 frames to collect his 12th straight victory.

1933 – The rampaging Senators close to within 1 game of New York with a 9-0 thrashing of the White Sox in the Windy City. Mgr./SS Joe Cronin has his second consecutive multiple hit game and P Earl Whitehill fetches his first shutout of the year.

1940 – Today’s game in St. Louis is filled with dramatic overtones, as Nats rookie P Sid Hudson bids for a no-hitter. The Browns Rip Radcliffe rips a lead-off double in the 9th to squash the no hitter. With the Nats precariously nursing a 1-0 lead, Radcliffe advances to third on a passed ball. With Radcliffe on third and no outs, Hudson bears down to retire the final 3 St. Louis batsmen for the tense 1-0 win.

1964 – The Nats beat up the A’s in a doubleheader, 13-2 and 5-2, in KC. Led by CF Don Lock‘s 2 home runs and 4 ribbies, Sens P Leslie Ferdinand “Buster” Narum is the beneficiary of a 17 hit, 13 run Nats attack in the opener. With Narum tossing the CG in game one, second game Nats starter Alan Koch hurls 4 hit ball over 8.1 innings in the Nats 5-2 victory in the finale. 1B Bill “Moose” Skowron is the Nats hot hitter in the nitecap with 3 hits and 2 RBI.

1968 – 3-run homers from Frank Howard and Bernie Allen pave the way to a 7-3 victory at Oakland. Veteran Camilo Pascual keeps the emerging Athletics off balance all night to improve his record to 7-5.

Senator Birthdays

Spencer Dewey Adams B Jun. 21, 1898 D Nov. 24, 1970

Infielder Spencer Adams would first make his way to the major leagues in 1923 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing in 25 games. He did not appear on a major league roster in 1924.

1925 would find him in the employ of the Washington Senators. Appearing in 39 games, playing second and third base and shortstop, he would hit for a .273 BA.

In 1926 he was a member of the New York Yankees and would end his career in 1927 with the St. Louis Browns.

Spencer Adams career record

Hunter Benjamin Hill B Jun. 21, 1879 D Feb. 22, 1959

Hunter Hill spent 3 years in the major leagues, beginning in 1903 with the St. Louis Browns. He remained with the Browns for the 1904 season.

In 1904 he split his time between the St. Louis Browns and the Washington Senators, playing 3rd base. In 1904 he appeared in 77 games, batting .197. He returned with the Senators in 1905, played in 104 games but only raised his BA by 12 points, finishing the season at .209, ending his major league career in early September of that year.

Hunter Hill career record