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This Date in Washington Senators History
James Dement Weaver B Nov. 25, 1903 D Dec. 12, 1983
Pitcher Jim Weaver is another of those players who spent a goodly time in the major leagues but qualifies as a “Senators Short Timer”.
In Weaver’s case, he’d play in 189 games with 6 different teams, including 2 separate stints with the St. Louis Browns, but would only play in 3 games in a Washington uniform.
The Senators picked up Weaver from their long-time farm team in Chatanooga in mid-August of 1928. He’d debut with the Senators 9 days later, pitching in 3 games, in a total of 6 innings and finish his short time with Washington with a 1.50 ERA.
Weaver wouldn’t play in the majors again until 1931 when he’d pitch in 2 games for the New York Yankees.
Out of the majors again until 1934, Weaver would be purchased from the Yankees by the St. Louis Browns where he’d pitch in 5 games. Returned to the Yankees after compiling a 6.41 ERA, he’d be released by New York and selected by the Chicago Cubs on the same day.
Finishing the 1934 season in Chicago, Weaver would go 11-9 with a 3.91 ERA.
Traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Weaver would post identical 14-8 records in 1935 and 1936. In 1937 his record would be 8-5.
Purchased by the St. Louis Browns prior to the start of the 1938 season, Weaver would have another short appearance with the Browns, pitching in 1 game where he’d be charged with the loss. Purchased by the Cincinnati Reds in late April, Weaver would finish the season with the Reds, going 6-4 in 30 games.
1939 would be Weaver’s last season in the majors-he’d pitch in 3 games for the Reds, making his last appearance in early May. The next day he was shipped back to the Browns but would not return to the major leagues.
Archibald Clifton Wilson B Nov. 25, 1923 D Apr. 28, 2007
Archie Wilson would have a similar experience, playing for 3 teams over the course of 2 seasons, his major league experience totalling less than 1 year.
Signed by the New York Yankees in 1947, Wilson would debut with the Yankees in mid-September of 1951. Playing in the outfield in 4 games, he’d go 0-4 at bat.
Wilson would return with the Yankees in 1952 but would appear in just 3 games where he’d go 1 for 2 with 1 RBI.
Approximately 5 weeks later, Wilson would be traded again, this time to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Ken Wood. He’d finish his major league career with the Red Sox playing in 18 games hitting .263, making his last appearance in early August.