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This Date in Washington Senators History
1919 Clark Griffith turns to Philadelphia grain broker William Richardson for financial assistance in buying controlling interest of the Senators for approximately $800,000. Griffith, named president, will hold 44% stock, with Richardson possessing 40%. A key part of the deal is Richardson allowing Griffith to speak for his (Richardson’s) minority holdings. The franchise will remain in the Griffith family for 65 years until 1984 when Calvin Griffith sells the Washington-Minnesota organization to Carl Pohlad for $32 million.
Calvin Coolidge Ermer B Nov. 10, 1923 D Aug. 8, 2009
One Game Wonder Cal Ermer tasted his cup of coffee with the original Senators on September 26th of 1947. Playing 2nd base, Ermer would have an 0-3 day at the plate.
Ermer would stay in baseball, replacing Sam Mele at the helm of the Minnesota Twins in 1967. The Twins were 25-25 when Ermer took over but would go 66-46 the rest of the season, good for a 2nd place finish.
Ermer would remain as Twins manager in 1968 but would see his team drop to 79-83 and a 7th place finish. He was replaced by Billy Martin for the 1969 season
Angel Felix Husta Fleitas B Nov. 10, 1914 D Jul. 10, 2006
Senators Short Timer Angel Fleitas would debut with the Senators as a 33 year old rookie in July of 1948. Another member of the Cuban Connection, Fleitas would appear in 15 games, playing shortstop but hitting a microscopic .077.
Carmen Louis Mauro B Nov. 10, 1926 D Dec. 19, 2003
Signed by the Chicago Cubs in 1944, outfielder Carmen Mauro would make it to the majors for 3 games with the Cubs in 1948. Mauro wouldn’t appear in the big leagues in 1949 but would return to the Cubs roster in 1950, appearing in 62 games hitting .227.
Mauro would appear in just 13 games with the Cubs in 1951, hitting .172. After the season he’d be traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Returning to the majors with Brooklyn in 1953, Mauro would appear in 8 games for Brooklyn, going 0-9 at bat. Released by the Dodgers, Mauro would be signed by the Washington Senators in late May.
Mauro would remain a Senator for a little over 1 month, playing in 17 games, hitting .174 before being released by the Senators at the end of June. Mauro would be signed by the Philadelphia Athletics where he’d finish the 1953 season, playing in 64 games and hitting .267.
Mauro would be included in a multi-player trade between the Athletics and the New York Yankees after the season but he’d never play in the majors again, his last game having been in late September with Philadelphia.