Jan 12

This Date in Washington Senators History

January 12

Senators Birthdays

George Edward Browne B Jan. 12, 1876 D Dec. 9, 1920

Once again we have another long time major leaguer who spent a relatively short time in a Senators uniform. In today’s example, outfielder George Browne would spend 12 seasons in the majors, playing in 1102 games for 7 different teams including 2 separate stretches with the Philadelphia Phillies. However, only 110 of those games came with the Senators.

To start with the beginning of Browne’s travels however, he’d first show up on the roster of the Philadelphia Phillies in late September of 1901, playing in 8 games as the season wound down.

Browne would begin the 1902 season in Philadelphia but would be purchased by the New York Giants at the end of July. The change of scenery must have agreed with Browne as he’d raise his average almost 60 points, hitting .319 in 53 games for the Giants. He’d be back for a full season in 1903, hitting. 313.

Browne would remain with the Giants through 1907, playing in 5 games of the 1905 World Series as the Giants defeated the Philadelphia Athletics. He’d also lead the league in runs scored in 1904 with 99.

After the 1907 season, Browne was traded to the NL Boston franchise, then known as the Doves, where he’d spend 1908.

After the season, he was on the move again, this time being purchased by the Chicago Cubs.

Browne would start the 1909 season playing in just 12 games for Chicago, hitting .205 when he was released. He’d be signed on by the Washington Senators in late May. Browne would respond by hitting .272 in 103 games for Washington.

Starting the 1910 season with the Senators, hitting .182, Browne would be headed back to the Windy City, being purchased by the White Sox in mid-June. He’d finish the year appearing in 30 games for the White Sox.

Browne would appear in 8 games for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1911 and would make a final brief appearance with the 1912 Phillies, playing in 6 games, his last major league game coming in late June.

George Browne career record

Thomas Eugene Martin B Jan. 12, 1947 Still Living

Senators Short Timer Gene Martin appeared in 9 games for the 1968 Senators, going 4 for 11 with 1 double and 1 homer. Martin’s career would be interrupted by military service and he’d spend some time in Viet Nam. He’d later have a relatively successful career playing in Japan as a 1st baseman/outfielder.

Gene Martin’s Japanese baseball stats courtesy Jim Albright

Gene Martin career record

Richard Frank (Rip) Wade B Jan. 12, 1898 D Jul. 15, 1957

Another Senators Short Timer, outfielder Rip Wade would play in 33 games for the 1923 team hitting .232.

“Rip” Wade career record