Jan 11

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January 11


Senators Birthdays

Alvin Floyd (General) Crowder B Jan. 11, 1899 D Apr. 3, 1972

Alvin Crowder arrived on the major league scene as a 27 year old rookie with the Washington Senators in late July of 1926. Appearing in 19

games that first half season, Crowder would post a 7-4 record with a 3.96 ERA.

Starting the 1927 season in Washington, Crowder would reverse that first season’s record by going 4-7 in 15 games. Traded to the St. Louis Browns in early July for Tom Zachary, Crowder would finish the season going 3-5 in 21 games for St. Louis.

Crowder would post a 21-5 record for the Browns in 1928, winning just over 1/4th of that team’s games, the Browns going 82-72 that season.

Crowder would remain in St. Louis through mid-June of 1930 when he’d be traded again, this time back to the Senators, along with Heinie Manush, in exchange for Goose Goslin.

Crowder would have some good years during his second stint in Washington, going 18-11 in 1931, 26-13 in 1932 and 24-15 in 1933, leading the American League in wins in 1932 & 1933.

He’d be named to the American League All Star Team of 1933 and would also make his first World Series appearance, being charged with 1 loss as the Senators lost to the New York Giants in 5 games.

Crowder would start the 1934 season in Washington but after 29 games with his record at 4-10 and an ERA of 6.79 he’d be released by the Senators. Picked up by the Detroit Tigers, Crowder would finish the 1934 season going 5-1 in the Motor City and would make it into his second World Series with Detroit losing to the St. Louis Cardinals.

1935 would see Crowder going 16-10 for the Tigers and he’d make it into his third World Series, finally getting a win in World Series play as the Tigers defeated the Chicago Cubs.

Crowder would pitch for one last season in Detroit, posting a 4-3 record in 9 games but his ERA would swell to 8.39 and he’d get his final release in February of 1937.

Alvin Crowder career record

Alexander Kvasnak B Jan. 11, 1921 D Sep. 26, 2002

Senators Short Timer Al Kvasnak would spend 19 days with the team in 1942 making appearances in 5 games. An outfielder, Kvasnak would go 2 for 11 at bat with 3 runs scored and 2 walks.

Al Kvasnak career record

George Francis McNamara B Jan. 11, 1901 D Jun. 12, 1990

An even shorter Senators Short Timer, outfielder George McNamara would be on the Senators roster for 2 days in 1922. Making it into 3 games, McNamara would go 3 for 11 at the plate, his overnight stay in the Senators Coffee Shop coming in late September.

George McNamara career record