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This Date in Washington Senators History
Edward Volney Chapman B Nov. 28, 1905 D May 3, 2000
Single Season Senator Ed Chapman would pitch in 6 games for the Senators in 1933. He’d depart after less than 2 months in the majors with an ERA of 8.00.
Maurice Montague (Molly) Craft B Nov. 28, 1895 D Oct. 25, 1978
Molly Craft would pitch for the Senators in portions of 4 seasons from 1916 through 1919. He’d appear in a grand total of 29 games, compiling an 0-4 record with a career ERA of 3.57.
James Francis O’Rourke B Nov. 28, 1894 D May 14, 1986
Frank O’ Rourke debuted in the major leagues with the 1912 Boston Braves, playing in 61 games, hitting a paltry .121.
O’Rourke wouldn’t return to the majors until 1917 when he played in parts of 2 seasons for the Brooklyn Robins.
Out of the majors again in 1919, O’Rourke would be purchased by the Washington Senators. He’d play in 14 games in 1920 and 123 in 1921, primarily as a shortstop.
He’d hit .296 in 14 games in 1920 and .234 in 123 games in 1921.
After the 1921 season, O’Rourke would be part of a 3 team player swap that would send Jose Acosta, Bing Miller and to the Philadelphia Athletics and O’Rourke to the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox would send Roger Peckinpaugh to the Senators and the A’s would send Joe Dugan to Boston.
O’Rourke would spend just 1 season in Boston, hitting .264 in 67 games.
Selected off waivers by the Detroit Tigers in October of 1922, O’Rourke would be out of the majors in 1923 but would spend the next 3 years, 1922 through 1924, in Detroit. He’d have his best season at the plate in 1925, hitting .293 in 124 games.
Traded to the St. Louis Browns after the 1927 season, O’Rourke would finish his career with the Browns, his last game coming in late July of 1931.
Carlos Paula B Nov. 28, 1927 D Apr. 25, 1983
Carlos Paula was covered on April 25th, but to prevent you readers from having to go back a number of pages, we’ll review him again here.
Remembered primarily as the man who broke the color barrier with the Washington Senators in 1954, Paula would play for the Senators for parts of 3 seasons.
Debuting in early September of 1954, Paula would appear in 9 games, hitting .167 while playing the outfield.
1955 would be Paula’s only full season with the Senators when he’d hit .299 in 115 games. Unfortunately he was also a defensive liability, committing 10 errors in 85 games.
Paula would play in 33 games in 1956, his BA dropping to .183, making his last major league appearance on late June.
Wilbur Charles (Roxey) Roach B Nov. 28, 1882 D Dec. 26, 1947
Another Senators Short Timer, Roxey Roach would debut with the New York Highlanders in early May of 1910. Playing shortstop, he’d hit .214 in 70 games. He’d appear in just 13 games in 1911 before being purchased by Jersey City of the Eastern League.
Roach would make it back to the majors in 1912 playing in 2 games for the Senators.
He’d disappear from the major league scene until 1915 when he’d play in 92 games for the Buffalo Buffeds of the short-lived Federal League.