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This Date in Washington Senators History – Happy Birthday General
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 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.
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.
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.