Oct 20

This Date in Washington Senators History – Entertaining offers from other cities

October 20

1959 Entertaining offers from other cities, Calvin Griffith proclaims again that he will not move the Senators from Washington. But, Griffith’s admission that he was impressed by Minnesota officials makes his declaration sound hollow. Other cities still in the hunt for the Senators at this stage are Toronto and Dallas.

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Archibald Stewart Campbell B Oct. 20, 1903 D Dec. 22, 1989

Senators Short Timer Archie Campbell would pitch for 3 seasons with 3 different teams, appearing in a grand total of 40 major league games.

Making his major league debut with the New York Yankees in 1928, Campbell would pitch in 13 games going 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA.

Drafted by the Senators from St. Paul of the American Association, Campbell would appear in 4 games for the Senators in 1929, compiling an identical 0-1 record, however his ERA would swell to a horrific 15.75, having given up 10 hits, 5 walks and 7 runs in just 4 innings.

1930 would find Campbell on the roster of the Cincinnati Reds where he’d pitch in 23 games, posting a 2-4 record. His last major league appearance would come in late July of the 1930 season.WashingtonSenators1227

Archie Campbell career record

Bruce Douglas Campbell B Oct. 20, 1909 D Jun. 17, 1995

No relation to the previously mentioned Archie Campbell, outfielder Bruce Campbell would also join the ranks of Single Season Senators in 1942 at the end of a 13 year major league career.

Making his major league debut in mid-September of 1930 with the Chicago White Sox, Campbell would play in 5 games that year. He’d only play in another 4 games for the White Sox in 1931.

In 1932 Campbell would make it into 7 games for the White Sox before he was traded to the St. Louis Browns in late April. With the Browns, Campbell got an opportunity to be an every day player, appearing in 139 games for the Browns, hitting .283 in his first full season of major league play.

Campbell would remain in St. Louis through 1934, being traded to the Cleveland Indians after the season. Campbell would stay with the Tribe through 1939 having some good seasons in Cleveland. He’d hit .325 in in 80 games in 1935 and would hit an even more impressive .372 in 76 games in 1936.

Traded to the Detroit Tigers before the start of the 1940 campaign, Campbell would play in the next 2 seasons for the Tigers. He’d play in all 7 games of the 1940 World Series, hitting .360 against the World Champion Cincinnati Reds.

Traded one last time after the 1941 season, Campbell along with Frank Croucher, would be headed to Washington in exchange for Jimmy Bloodworth and Doc Cramer.

Campbell played in 122 games for the 1942 Senators, hitting .278, making his last major league appearance in late September. He wouldn’t play during the war years of 1943 through 1945 and was released by the Senators in early April of 1946, never to play in another major league game.

Bruce Campbell career record

Wid Curry Matthews B Oct. 20, 1896 D Oct. 5, 1965

Wid Matthews was an outfielder who got his major league start with the 1923 Philadelphia Athletics. Playing in 129 games, Matthews would hit .274 in his rookie season.

Traded to Milwaukee of the American Association after the 1923 season, Matthews would become a Senator in early June of 1924, being traded for Showboat Fisher and cash.

Matthews would appear in 53 games with the 1924 Senators hitting .302. In early August of ’24, Matthews would be traded to Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League to complete a deal for Earl McNeely. Matthews would be returned to the Senators in late September of that year.

Matthews would play in just 10 games for the Senators in 1925, going 4 for 9, making his last major league appearance in early June.

Wid Matthews career record

James Emerson Uchrinscko B Oct. 20, 1900 D Mar. 17, 1995

Senators Short Timer Jimmy Uchrinscko be on the Senators roster for 1 week in 1926. He’d pitch 8 innings in 3 games, giving up 13 hits, 8 walks and 9 runs, leaving with an ERA of 10.13.

Jimmy Uchrinscko career record