Jan 01

This Date in Washington Senators History

January 1

We ring in the New Year by welcoming another 3 players to the Senators All-Time roster, including 2 Single Season Senators and one who was most likely the beneficiary of some family ties…

Senators Birthdays

Joseph Samuel Martin B Jan. 1, 1876 D May 25, 1964

Joe Martin would debut in late April of 1903 with the Washington Senators playing 2nd and 3rd base and in the outfield. After 35 games in a Washington uniform, hitting .227, Martin would be traded to the St. Louis Browns for Barry McCormick.

Martin would finish the 1903 season, and his major league career, playing in 44 games as a Brown.

Joe Martin career record

Sherrard Alexander Robertson B Jan. 1, 1919 D Oct. 23, 1970

Sherry Robertson, nephew of Senators owner Clark Griffith, made his first major league appearance in September of 1940, playing in 10 games, hitting .212.

Robertson would only play in 1 game for the Senators in 1941 and would not return to the major league roster until 1943 when he’d play in 59 games.

He’d be gone again for 2 years, returning to the Senators roster in 1946. A utility player, Robertson’s most active season would be 1949 when he’d appear in 110 games and respond by hitting .251, the best season of his career.

Despite Robertson’s family connections, he was released after just 1 game with the Senators in 1952. He’d be picked up by the Philadelphia Athletics, playing in 43 games to cap off his major league career.

Sherry Robertson career record

Claude James Rothgeb B Jan. 1, 1880 D Jul. 6, 1944

Outfielder Claude Rothgeb played in 7 games for the 1905 Senators, going 2 for 16 at bat with no extra base hits.

Claude Rothgeb career record