Mark Hornbaker

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Feb 14

Ted Williams agrees to manage ’69 Senators

On February 14, 1969 the AP reported that Hall of Famer, Ted Williams has agreed to manage the Washington Senators. From what I could gather Williams agreed to a 5-year contract that would pay him a sizable salary plus shares of the team stock. The exact compensation package could not be verified but it is …

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Feb 14

The Washington “Homestead” Grays Video Series

The Washington “Homestead” Grays The Game Comes Home documentary web series chronicling the History of Baseball in  tale of baseball in the Nation’s Capitol. JBH Video present the Homestead Grays in Washington D.C. Written by William Meaux & Phil Wood, Narrated by Mark Redfield, Directed, Photographed & Edited by Jeff Herberger.

Feb 10

Washington D.C. Baseball History – Spring Training

Did you know 117 years ago if you were going to spring training to catch the newly formed Washington Senators of the newly formed American League you would find yourself in Phoebus, Virginia? It wasn’t until 1907 the Senators went outside of the D.C. and Virginia area as they traveled to Galveston, Texas for spring …

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Feb 08

Roy Sievers turns down contract offer

On February 8, 1958 the UP reported that Washington Senators’ slugger Roy Sievers, who last season led the American League in home runs and RBI’s while hitting .301, said today he wants a 100 percent increase in salary for the 1958 season. The 31-year-old outfielder said he had returned an unsigned contract to club President …

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Jan 25

The 6th Annual D.C. Baseball History Meeting – Sold Out

6th Annual D.C. Baseball History Meeting Hosted by Mark Hornbaker             I want to thank Mike Henry, John Yim.  Ed Baruch, and Paul Fischetti 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 / …

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Jan 09

No raise for Hondo

After belting 36 home runs for the Senators in 1967, Frank Howard found himself spending most of the off-season negotiating a new contract with Senators’ General Manager George Selkirk. The Washington Post reported on January 9, 1968 that Senators’ GM Selkirk told Howard that he will not be receiving a raise in 1968.  In early …

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Jan 07

Little Albie Named ’58 Top Rookie

January 7, 1959 The AP reported that Little Albie Pearson of the Washington Senators was named American League 1958 rookie of the year by an overwhelming margin. The Senators’ 23 year-old center fielder ended the ’58 season with a .275 batting average he also hit 25 doubles and 5 triples in 530 at bats. For …

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Dec 27

John James Jachym purchases 40% stake in Senators

December 27, 1949 It is reported that  John James Jachym of Jamestown, New York; became 40% stakeholder of the Washington Senators.  With a major investment of $400,000 from Pennsylvania oil man Hugh A. Grant, John Jachym was able to purchase the 40% stake in the ball-club from the William Richardson estate for $550,000. The transaction …

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Dec 21

Remembering Josh Gibson on his Birthday

On this day in the year 1911, Mark and Nancy Gibson became the proud parents of a baby boy they named Joshua Gibson. Joshua, spent the first ten years of his life in Buena Vista, Georgia where life wasn’t easy. At time his parents worked as sharecroppers in the fields throughout Georgia. In 1921, Joshua’s …

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Dec 17

George Sisler’s contract is purchased by the Senators

December 14, 1928 The Washington Senators purchased George Sisler’s contract for $25,000 from the St. Louis Browns. The veteran 35 year-old first baseman will play in 20 games for the Senators before the team sold his contract to the Boston Braves for only $7,500 on May 27, 1928. For Sisler the move to Boston was …

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