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Oct 22

This Date in Washington Senators History – First in war, first in peace and last in any league

October 22 First in war, first in peace and last in any league The 1912 edition of the Senators became the first team in franchise history to finish with more wins than losses in a season. But, did you know, they were also the first professional Washington team to ever finish above .500? Here is …

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Oct 21

This Date in Washington Senators History

October 21 Senator Managers Tom Loftus, 1902-1903 Record as Senators manager: 104-169, .381 PCT Teams managed: 1902 61-75, .449 Pct, 6th Place, 22 GB 1903 43-94, .314 Pct, 8th Place, 47.5 GB Tom Loftus was Ban Johnson’s choice to replace Jimmy Manning at the helm of the Nationals. Loftus, in accepting the Washington managerial job, …

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Oct 20

This Date in Washington Senators History – Entertaining offers from other cities

October 20 1959 Entertaining offers from other cities, Clark Griffith proclaims again that he will not move the Senators from Washington. But, Griffith’s admission that he was impressed by Minnesota officials makes his declaration sound hollow. Other cities still in the hunt for the Senators at this stage are Toronto and Dallas. Senators Birthdays Archibald …

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Oct 19

This Date in Washington Senators History – The dismantling of the ’24 & ’25 World Series teams

October 19 1901 The National League is rocked when 4 players from the Phillies jump ship to Washington: 3B Harry Wolverton, pitchers Al Orth and “Happy” Jack Townsend and the great Ed Delahanty. Phillies owner John Rogers seeks a court injunction preventing the players from playing for any other team except the Phillies. The Pennsylvania …

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Oct 18

This Date in Washington Senators History

October 18 Senators Birthdays William Jones (Boileryard) Clarke B Oct. 18, 1868 D Jul. 29, 1959 Boileryard Clarke-one of the most interesting nicknames we’ve come across thus far, began his major league career way back in 1893 with the Baltimore Orioles, then playing in the National League. Primarily a catcher who would double as a …

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Oct 17

This Date in Washington Senators History – Possible move by the Senators are confirmed

October 17 1956 Rumors about a possible move by the Senators are confirmed when it is revealed that Louisville, KY and San Francisco are making bids. Commissioner Happy Chandler announces at a Senators board meeting that Louisville is prepared to erect a 50,000 seat stadium with guarantees of at least a million fans a year …

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Oct 16

This Date in Washington Senators History – Happy Birthday Goose Goslin

October 16 Welcome to the offseason! Where, between mid-October and April, most days were filled with nothing. On these days, profiles of various Senator managers, players and other movers and shakers will be briefly covered. Noteworthy trades and events will continue to be chronicled on the days they occurred. Senator Managers Jimmy Manning, 1901 Record …

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Oct 15

This Date in Washington Senators History – Pirates win World Series 4-3

October 15 1925 World Series Washington at Pittsburgh, Game 7 Pirates 9 Senators 7 Pirates win World Series 4-3 Reporter James R. Harrison of the New York Times would opine that it was “a perfect day for water polo”. The field at Forbes Field is a muddy mess and it is still drizzling as game …

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Oct 14

1933 Washington Senators (Part 7)

The hopes of a World Championship in the 1933 dream season of the Washington Senators appeared to be over. The Giants took a 3-0 lead in Game Five, and they sent General Crowder to the showers after 5 1/3 innings. With a runner on second, only one out, and with the Giants threatened to put …

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Oct 14

This Date in Washington Senators History – Walter Johnson announces his retirement

October 14 1925 No champion will be determined today. Game 7 at Pittsburgh is rained out. 1927 The 21 year ride from the Big Train comes to the end of the line. Walter Johnson announces his retirement as an active ballplayer. An AL record 802 games pitched, a ML record (until 1983) 3,509 strikeouts, 417 …

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