October 2017 archive

Oct 30

This Date in Washington Senators History

October 30         Senator Managers Clark Griffith, 1912-1920 Record as Senator Manager: 693-646, .518 Pct. Teams Managed: 1912: 91-61 .599 Pct. 2nd 1913: 90-64 .584 Pct. 2nd 1914: 81-73 .526 Pct. 3rd 1915: 85-68 .556 Pct. 4th 1916: 76-77 .497 Pct. 7th 1917: 74-79 .484 Pct. 5th 1918: 72-56 .563 Pct. 3rd …

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Oct 30

The Beginning of the Griffith Era

October 30, 1911 After meeting with the Washington Senators board of directors, Clark Griffith is named manager of the Washington Senators baseball club. It is also announced that Clark Griffith became the largest stockholder of the club when he purchased 10% of the club’s stock. The Senators’ new skipper will have his hands full as …

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Oct 29

This Date in Washington Senators History

October 29       Senator Managers Jimmy McAleer, 1910-1911 Record as Senator manager: 130-175 .426 Pct. Teams managed 1910: 66-85, .437 Pct., 7th place, 36.5 GB 1911: 64-90, .416 Pct., 7th place, 38.5 GB Unlike his predecessors, Jimmy McAleer was an experienced big league pilot. The Youngstown, OH native was instrumental in the recruitment …

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Oct 29

Special Moment for Senators bat boy

Washington Senators bat boy, Billy Turner shaking hands with Roy Sievers after Sievers hits his first home run in 1958.                         I’m giving my Roy Sievers autograph bat to Bill “Billy” Turner. I think he liked it. I know I really enjoyed giving it …

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Oct 28

This Date in Washington Senators History – Walter Johnson vs. Christy Mathewson

October 28 1913 Walter Johnson vs. Christy Mathewson. The first and only time the two greats square off. It occurs at South Main Park in Tulsa, OK on a post season barnstorming trip. Unfortunately, it comes under tragic circumstances when the stands collapse, injuring 52 and killing a soldier before the game. Oklahoma governor Lee …

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Oct 28

Ed Baruch, the boy behind the scoreboard

During the 1956 Washington Senators season a young Ed Baruch was the scoreboard boy at Griffith stadium. In the video clip a older Ed Baruch explains how the 1956 photo of him inside of the scoreboard was actually staged.  

Oct 27

This Date in Washington Senators History

October 27 Senator Managers Joe Cantillon, 1907-1909 Record as Senators manager: 158-297, .347 Pct. Teams managed: 1907: 49-102, .325 Pct., 8th place 43.5 GB 1908: 67-85, .441 Pct., 7th place, 22.5 GB 1909: 42-110, .276 Pct., 8th place, 56 GB A former saloon operator, AL umpire and minor league manager with Milwaukee of the American …

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Oct 26

This Date in Washington Senators History – Clark Griffith sells his son-in-law

October 26 1910 A rumored trade of Walter Johnson for Ty Cobb headlines The Washington Post. Tigers president Frank Navin denies the rumor saying he would never trade Cobb. Navin, nonetheless, salutes Johnson as “the best pitcher in the country.” 1934 Having lost money this season and owing banks about $125,000, Clark Griffith sells his …

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Oct 25

This Date in Washington Senators History

October 25 Senators Birthdays John Joseph (Dirty Jack) Doyle B Oct. 25, 1869 D Dec. 31, 1958 Born in Killorglin, Ireland, Jack Doyle would play for 11 different teams, in 3 leagues, during a 17 year career. Another “Senators Short Timer”, Doyle would play in 1564 games, however only 78 of those games were with …

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Oct 24

This Date in Washington Senators History

October 24 Senator Managers Jake Stahl, 1905-1906 Record as Senators manager: 119-182, .395 Pct. Teams managed: 1905: 64-87, 7th place, .424 Pct., 29.5 GB 1906: 55-95, 7th place, .367 Pct., 37.5 GB During an era where most players, and the general populace for that matter, did not possess a high school education, Jake Stahl was …

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