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Nov 17

This Date in Washington Senators History – The Senators Inc. awarded Expansion Franchise

November 17 1960 The American League awards the new Washington expansion franchise to “The Senators Inc.”, a group of 10 investors headed by Elwood “Pete” Quesada‚ an administrator with the Federal Aviation Agency. Other investors of “The Senators Inc.”: Katherine Graham of the Washington Post, Floyd Akers, chairman of the D.C. Armory Board, former Ireland …

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Nov 16

This Date in Washington Senators History

November 16 Senators Birthdays Leslie Ferdinand (Buster) Narum B Nov. 16, 1940 D May 17, 2004 Signed by the Baltimore Orioles in 1958, pitcher Buster Narum would finally make it to the majors in 1963. Pitching in 7 games in his inaugural season, Narum would post a 3.00 ERA. Traded to the Washington Senators for …

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Nov 15

This Date in Washington Senators History

November 15 Senator Managers Joe Cronin, 1933-1934 Record as Senator Manager: 165-139, .543 Teams Managed 1933: 99-53 .651 1st AL Pennant 1934: 66-86 .434 7th Owner Clark Griffith felt his club was on the cusp of the pennant and needed the right man to push his team over the top. There wasn’t really any doubt …

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Nov 14

This Date in Washington Senators History

November 14 Senator Managers Walter Johnson, 1929-1932 Record as Senator Manager: 350-264, .570 Pct. Teams managed 1929: 71-81 .467 5th 1930: 94-60 .610 2nd 1931: 92-62 .597 3rd 1932: 93-61 .604 3rd To blunt a possible public relations fallout for the dismissal of the popular Bucky Harris, Clark Griffith choose a man who was more …

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Nov 13

This Date in Washington Senators History – Senator League Leaders in Pitching

November 13 Senators League leaders in pitching Wins 1913 Walter Johnson 36 1914 Walter Johnson 28 1915 Walter Johnson 27 1916 Walter Johnson 25 1918 Walter Johnson 23 1924 Walter Johnson 23 1932 Alvin Crowder 26 1933 Alvin Crowder 24 1953 Bob Porterfield 22 ERA 1912 Walter Johnson 1.39 1913 Walter Johnson 1.14 1918 Walter …

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Nov 12

This Date in Washington Senators History – Senator League Leaders in Batting

November 12 Senator League Leaders in Batting Batting Average 1928 Goose Goslin .379 1935 Buddy Myer .349 1946 Mickey Vernon .346 1953 Mickey Vernon .337 Home Runs 1959 Harmon Killebrew 42, tied for 1st 1968 Frank Howard 44 1970 Frank Howard 44 RBI 1924 Goose Goslin 129 1957 Roy Sievers 114 1970 Frank Howard 126 …

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Nov 11

This Date in Washington Senators History – Happy Birthday to George Washington Case

November 11 Senator Managers Bucky Harris, 1924-1928 (First stint) Record as Senator Manager: 1,336-1,416, .485 Pct. Teams managed: 1924: 92-62 .597 1st World Champions 1925: 96-55 .636 1st AL Pennant 1926: 81-69 .540 4th 1927: 85-69 .552 3rd 1928: 75-79 .487 4th *Note: Bucky Harris managed the Senators 3 separate times in his career. For …

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Nov 10

This Date in Washington Senators History

November 10 1919 Clark Griffith turns to Philadelphia grain broker William Richardson for financial assistance in buying controlling interest of the Senators for approximately $800,000. Griffith, named president, will hold 44% stock, with Richardson possessing 40%. A key part of the deal is Richardson allowing Griffith to speak for his (Richardson’s) minority holdings. The franchise …

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Nov 10

Moe Berg Reports To The Senators In Biloxi in 1933

Where was Moe Berg? His where-a-bouts where unknown. Was he okay? All catchers, along with all pitchers and rookies, were required by rookie manager Joe Cronin to report to spring training in Biloxi, Mississippi, before the rest of the squad. All complied with the rookie manager’s wishes. All accept for Berg. The last word about …

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Nov 10

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

On Friday November 5, 2010, I was fortunate to have attended the American Veterans Center panel discussion and exhibit at Nationals Park. This event, held in observance of Veterans Day, had as “honored guests “wounded warriors” from Walter Reed Hospital. There were several former major league ballplayers who appeared in a panel discussion hosted by …

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