Mark Hornbaker

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Dec 10

Walter Johnson – Gone But Not Forgotten

On this day in 1946, Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Perry Johnson succumbs to a brain tumor. The 59 year-old Johnson was diagnosed with the brain tumor eight months earlier when he traveled from his farm in Germantown to the Georgetown University Hospital complaining of severe headaches. The news about Johnson’s death was not a …

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Dec 04

Senators and Dodgers announce blockbuster trade

December 4, 1964 It is announced at the 1964 Baseball Winter Meetings that the Washington Senators and the Los Angeles Dodgers made a seven player blockbuster trade. It is announced that the Washington Senators traded 25 year old pitcher Claude Osteen and 23 year old shortstop John Kennedy for the following players, 28 year old …

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Dec 01

Walter Johnson honored at Testimonial Dinner

December 1, 1932 Washington D.C.- Around 600 Washington baseball fans from all over the area showed up at the Shoreham Hotel, for a testimonial dinner that was given to honor Walter Johnson, the recently fired Senators’ manager. Besides the hundreds of people in the banquet room the Big Train also received telegrams from President Hoover …

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Nov 30

The 6th Annual D.C. Baseball History Meeting

6th Annual D.C. Baseball History Meeting Hosted by Mark Hornbaker                  I want to thank Mike Henry and John Yim for their generous donations. I also want to thank Barbara Doran and Gary Sarnoff for their help setting up the meeting. Saturday, February 24, 2018 Meeting:11:00 AM – 5:30 PM / Dinner: 6:00 …

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Nov 11

Veterans Day Special – Negro League Baseball in D.C. during WWII

From 1939 to 1945 the Homestead Grays played a lot of their home game at Griffith Stadium when the Washington Senators were out of town. The Grays drew some very large crowds when the team played at Griffith Stadium. The local fans wanted to see the Grays’ exciting brand of baseball. With stars like Josh …

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Nov 10

Veterans Day Special – Remembering Cecil Travis

Cecil Travis was a star baseball player for the Washington Senators in the 1930’s and early 1940′s. On May 16, 1933 the 19 year-old Travis made his debut for the Senators. The young man from Riverdale, GA wasted no time in showing off his batting skills as he goes 5 for 7 against the Cleveland …

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Nov 10

Veterans Day Special – Wounded Veteran gets a Try Out

March 15, 1945 College Park, MD – Bert Shepard, a one legged veteran of World War II, tries out as a pitcher for the Washington Senators. The Senators owner Clark Griffith was so impressed with Shepard that he hired him as the team’s pitching coach. During the 1945 spring training Shepard with his artificial leg …

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Oct 30

The Beginning of the Griffith Era

October 30, 1911 After meeting with the Washington Senators board of directors, Clark Griffith is named manager of the Washington Senators baseball club. It is also announced that Clark Griffith became the largest stockholder of the club when he purchased 10% of the club’s stock. The Senators’ new skipper will have his hands full as …

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Oct 29

Special Moment for Senators bat boy

Washington Senators bat boy, Billy Turner shaking hands with Roy Sievers after Sievers hits his first home run in 1958.                         I’m giving my Roy Sievers autograph bat to Bill “Billy” Turner. I think he liked it. I know I really enjoyed giving it …

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Oct 28

Ed Baruch, the boy behind the scoreboard

During the 1956 Washington Senators season a young Ed Baruch was the scoreboard boy at Griffith stadium. In the video clip a older Ed Baruch explains how the 1956 photo of him inside of the scoreboard was actually staged.