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This Date in Washington Senators History
Louis Eugene Bevil (born Bevilacqua) B Nov. 27, 1922 D Feb. 1, 1973
Senators Short Timer Lou Bevil spent 11 days on the Washington roster in early September of 1942. Pitching in 4 games, Bevil would compile an 0-1 record with a 6.52 ERA.
Leslie Ambrose (Joe) Bush B Nov. 27, 1892 D Nov. 1, 1974
“Bullet” Joe Bush pitched in the major leagues for 17 years, with 7 different teams, compiling a 195-183 career record with a lifetime ERA of 3.51. The 12 games he pitched for Washington in the spring of 1926 qualify him as a “Senators Short Timer” and also enable him to join the list of the “Fab Fourteen”-players who played for the Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns and Washington Senators during their careers.
Going way back to the fall of 1912, Bush would debut with the Philadelphia Athletics, pitching in 1 game. He’d remain on the Athletics roster through 1917, having his best year with the A’s in 1914 when he’d go 16-12 but also suffer the fate of going 15-24 in 1916.
Traded to the Boston Red Sox after the 1917 season, Bush would spend the next 4 seasons in Boston going 16-9 in 1921.
Another trade sent Bush to the New York Yankees for the 1922 season, where he’d have his only year with more than 20 wins, going 26-7. Bush would remain with the Yankees through 1924 when he’d be traded again, this time to the St. Louis Browns.
1925 would be Bush’s only season with the Browns, where he’d post an even 14-14 record.
Traded again, this time to the Washington Senators, along with Jack Tobin in exchange for Tom Zachary and Win Ballou, Bush would go 1-8 with a 6.69 ERA before being sold to the Pitsburgh Pirates in early July of 1926.
Bush would go 6-6 for the Pirates the remainder of the 1926 season and would start 1927 there as well, going 1-2 in 5 games before going to the New York Giants where he’d post a 1-1 record in 3 games.
Bush would return to the Philadelphia Athletics in 1928 going 2-1 in 11 games, ending his career on September 30th of 1928, precisely 16 years to the day after he debuted with the A’s in 1912.
Bush would pitch in 5 World Series, in 1913 and 1914 with the Athletics, 1918 with the Boston Red Sox and 1923 & 24 with the New York Yankees, compiling a 2-5 record with a 2.67 ERA in World Series play.
John Albert Schmitz B Nov. 27, 1920 D October 1, 2011
Johnny Schmitz would spend 13 years in the major leagues, with 2 and a half seasons coming in a Senators uniform.
Originally selected by the Cleveland Indians in 1938, Schmitz would become a part of the Chicago Cubs organization in 1939. He’d debut in the majors with the Cubs in early September of 1941, posting a 2-0 record his first year. He’d go 3-7 with the 1942 Cubs.
Schmitz would not play in the majors during the war years of 1943-1945 but would return to the Cubs in 1946, going 11-11 in 41 games for Chicago. One of his best seasons would be 1948 when he’d post an 18-13 record in 34 games.
Traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers in mid-June of 1951, Schmitz would compile a 1-4 record in 16 games while in Brooklyn.
1952 would find Schmitz on the roster of 3 teams-starting the season in Brooklyn, he’d be waived and selected by the New York Yankees in early August. Schmit would pitch in just 5 games for the Yankees going 1-1, before he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds less than 1 month later. Schmitz would go 1-0 in 3 games with the Reds.
Purchased by the Yankees after the 1953 season, Schmitz would appear in just 3 games before being waived and selected by the Washington Senators in mid-May. Schmitz would remain a Senator through the end of the 1955 season, proving there was still some life in the old arm by going 11-8 for Washington in 1954.
After the 1955 season, Schmitz would be a part of the big trade that sent Bob Porterfield, Tom Umphlett and Mickey Vernon, along with Schmitz, to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Dick Brodowski, Neil Chrisley, Tex Clevenger and minor leaguer Al Curtis.
Schmitz would pitch in just 2 games for Boston before being purchased by the Baltimore Orioles in mid-May. He’d finish the season, and his career, in Baltimore, going 0-3 in 18 games.