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This Date in Washington Senators History – 1930 Senators win 10th in a row
1903 – The hometown Nats, one week after Ed Delahanty‘s death, roll Detroit, 17-4. The 17 runs represents the highest offensive output of the year.
1920 – Cleveland scores 4 in the top of the 7th and 4 in the 8th to overcome a 4-0 hole to win, 8-4. Jim Bagby of the Tribe cops the win in relief.
1930 – The Sens extend their winning streak to 10, with a 5-2, opening game win at Boston. The streak is halted in the finale by former Nat Milt Gaston, a 5-1 BoSox victory.
1937 – Lou Gehrig rips a homer and Joe DiMaggio hits for the cycle in a fight marred, 16-2 Yankee pounding of the Nats at Yankee Stadium. Joe Kuhel and the Yank’s Jake Powell are tossed for exchanging blows, while the two teams engage in a brawl.
1945 – With the scheduled All Star Game being cancelled due to travel restrictions, MLB substitutes regional interleague exhibition games. The Senators interleague opponent is the Brooklyn Dodgers at Griffith. The Sens edge the Dodgers, 4-3, with the recently deceased Bert Shepard picking up the win in relief. Sadly, the career of Brooklyn rookie pitcher Lee Pfund ends when he suffers a knee injury during this exhibition match.
1965 – Frank Howard has a tough day and strikes out a record tying 7 times in today’s doubleheader with Boston. Eddie Brinkman’s single in the bottom of the 9th in the opener gives Washington the 2-1 win. The Bosox make the second game a no contest with a 10-1 smashing of the Sens. Red Sox hurler Earl Wilson homers and fans 11 in a complete game win.
1969 – Joe Coleman walks 6, but strikes out 11 and allows only 4 hits, in a 3-0 whitewashing of Cleveland. With President Nixon in the stands, Del Unser, Frank Howard and Mike Epstein drive in the Senator’s runs. The Nats are now 1-3 with the President in attendance this season.
Tyrus Turner Barber B Jul. 9, 1893 D Oct. 20, 1968
Turner Barber first appeared in the major leagues with the Senators in 1915. As a 21 year old rookie, he’d play in the outfield and finish the season with a .302 BA. In 1916 he returned to the Senators but only appeared in 15 games during the season, his batting average dropping 90 points.
From 1917 through 1922 he’d play with the Chicago Cubs, including the pennant winning team of 1918. The 1921 season would be the only year where he appeared in over 100 games and he would finish that season with a .314 BA.
1923 was his last season in the majors, when he played in 13 games for the Brooklyn Robins.
Truman Eugene (Tex) Clevenger B Jul. 9, 1932 Still Living
Tex Clevenger began his baseball journey in the Red Sox organization. He’d appear in 23 games for the Red Sox as a 21 year old rookie in 1954 and post a 2-4 record. He did not play in the majors in 1955.
Traded to the Senators along with minor leaguer Al Curtis, Dick Brodowski, Neil Chrisley and Karl Olson for Bob Porterfield, Johnny Schmitz, Tom Umphlett and Mickey Vernon, Clevenger would pitch for the Senators from 1956 through 1960. His best season in Washington would be 1959 when he’d post an 8-5 record with a 3.91 ERA.
Drafted by the expansion Los Angeles Angels, he’d split the 1961 season between the Angels and the New York Yankees and finish his career with New York in 1962.
Joseph Paul Gleason B Jul. 9, 1895 D Sep. 8, 1990
Joe Gleason had 2 short stints with the Senators in 1920 & 1922. Appearing in just 3 games in 1920, he’d pitch in 8 innings and depart with a 13.50 ERA. Returning to Washington in 1922, he’d post a 2-2 record over 8 games with a 4.65 ERA and disappear from the majors after May of that season.
Raymond Roy Rippelmeyer B Jul. 9, 1933 Still Living
Senators Short Timer Ray Rippelmeyer appeared in 18 games in the 1962 season, posting a 1-2 record, with a 5.49 ERA.
Orville Inman (Coot) Veal B Jul. 9, 1932 Still Living
Coot Veal began playing in the majors with the Detroit Tigers in 1958. A sparingly used shortstop, he’d remain with the Tigers through 1960.
Picked up by the “new” Senators in the expansion draft, Veal would appear in 69 games and hit .202 in 1961.
Sold to the Pirates in the off season, he’d play in 1 game in a Pittsburgh uniform in 1962 and then be traded back to the Tigers, finishing his career where it began, in Detroit in 1963.