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This Date in Washington Senators History – Coleman pitches second consecutive shutout
1904 – For only the second time this season, Washington wins two in a row. After yesterday’s 9-4 win over the Browns, the Nationals strike the visiting Browns again, this time by a 5-2 score.
1920 – An inside-the-park, 3-run homer from the bat of Sam Rice is the difference maker in the Nationals 6-4 home win over Chicago. Rice, during the course of his 19 seasons in Washington, will only hit 9 homers in Griffith Stadium, all of them inside-the-park jobs.
1940 – Another defeat looms as the last place Nats trail the 1st place Indians by 2 runs with 2 outs and nobody on in the bottom of the 9th. The Nats spring to life to tie the game at 5 to take the contest into extra innings. In the 11th, the Nats win it when Buddy Lewis blasts a long, bases loaded, single for the unexpected Washington victory.
1969 – Surpassing their entire 1968 home attendance total, the Senators shutout Detroit, 3-0. Joe Coleman gobbles up his second consecutive shutout in front of 23,831 patrons.
Coleman gets the game winning RBI with a double that scores Jim French in the home 3rd. In the 4th, Coleman and Del Unser draw back-to-back, bases loaded walks off Joe Sparma to cap the Senator scoring.
David Stanley Harris B Jul. 14, 1900 D Sep. 18, 1973
Dave Harris got a slow start in the majors. First playing for the 1925 Boston Braves, he’d appear in 92 games, hitting .265. Harris wouldn’t return to the Braves roster until 1928 and then would only play in 7 games.
After another year’s interlude, he’d find himself with the 1930 Chicago White Sox but would be traded in June to the Washington Senators for Red Barnes.
Harris would spend the remainder of his major league career, through 1934, in a Senators uniform. Primarily an outfielder, Harris would hit over .300 for 3 years, from 1930-1932 with his best BA being .327 in 1932. Harris would go 0-2 at the plate in the 1933 World Series that saw the Senators lose to the New York Giants.
Warren Lemuel Miller B Jul. 14, 1885 D Aug. 12, 1956
Outfielder Warren Miller made 2 brief appearances with the Senators in 1909 & 1911. An outfielder, he’d appear in 26 games in 1920 as a 23 year old rookie and hit .216. Returning for another 21 games in 1922 his BA would drop below .150 and he’d be gone from the Senators, and the major leagues, in early June.
George Charles (Rabbit) Nill B Jul. 14, 1881 D May 24, 1962
Rabbit Nill spent 5 years in the major leagues, beginning in 1904 with the Senators when he played in 15 games. A second baseman, who also filled in at 3rd and short, Nill’s best season at the plate would be 1906 when he hit .235 in 89 games.
Traded to the Cleveland franchise, then known as the Naps, for Pete O’Brien and Howard Wakefield, he’d only play in Cleveland for 12 games in 1907 and another 11 in 1908 before leaving the majors in June of that year.
Jesse Niles Tannehill B Jul. 14, 1874 D Sep. 22, 1956
Jesse Tannehill‘s 15 year career began in 1894 and ended in 1911. First pitching for the Cincinnati Reds in 1894, he would not return to the majors until 1897 when he spent 6 years with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jumping to the New York Highlanders (later Yankees) in 1903, he’d spend 2 seasons in New York before being traded to the Boston Americans (later Red Sox). He’d be on the Boston staff from 1904 until he was traded to Washington in late May of 1908 for Case Patten. Some of Tannehill’s best career years would be in Boston when he’d go 21-11 in 1904 and 22-9 in 1905.
Tannehill would be on the Senators roster in 1908 and 1909. While in Washington he’d post a cumulative record of 3-5, only appearing in 13 games.
He’d return for 1 last game with Cincinnati in 1911. Overall Tannehill had a career record of 197-116 in 358 games and 2750.3 innings pitched, finishing with an ERA of 2.79.