Category Archive: History


Sep 20

This Date in Washington Senators History – ’33 Senators clinch at the very least a tie for the AL crown

September 20 1908 – 17 Nationals strike out in St. Louis at the hands of the Brown’s Rube Waddell. Walter Johnson is gallant as he tries to keep the Nats close, but the Browns win in 10 innings, 2-1. 1924 – Had the Senators lost out on the 1924 AL pennant, manager Bucky Harris would …

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Sep 19

This Date in Washington Senators History – ’24 Senators take one game lead over Yankees

September 19 1904 – Possibly the worst baseball team to represent Washington in its history, the Nationals lose their 100th game of the year, 4-3, to the Highlanders. Washington will complete their season on October 10th at 38-113, 55.5 games out of first. 1924 – Washington moves a game in front of New York with …

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Sep 18

This Date in Washington Senators History – Valentine’s triple denies the A’s a place in the record books

September 18 1908 – Chicago musters only 3 hits off Walter Johnson, but the Pale Hose edge the Nationals, 1-0, on the South Side. “Big” Ed Walsh is the winner for Chicago. 1916 – One month wonder Claude Thomas makes his first ML start in St. Louis and grounds the Browns, 1-0. It is the …

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Sep 17

This Date in Washington Senators History – 1924 Senators and Yanks are tied atop the AL

September 17 1916 – The Browns George Sisler wins his final game as a pitcher, besting Walter Johnson, 1-0, in St. Louis. Sisler will become St. Louis’ regular first sacker in 1917. 1923 – It’s two wins in a single day for the Big Train. In home twinbill against St. Louis, Johnson relieves in the …

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Sep 16

This Date in Washington Senators History – 1945 Roger Wolff wins number 19

September 16 1945 – At Washington, the Nats, after 10 straight losses to Hal Newhouser, finally defeat the Detroit ace, 3-2. Roger Wolff of the Nats gets his 19th win. The Tigers maintain their 2.5 game lead by trimming the Senators, 5-4, in the nightcap. 1961 – In a deal that will pay dividends for …

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Sep 15

This Date in Washington Senators History ’45 Senators drop two to Tigers

September 15 1911 – Jimmy McAleer becomes the first Washington manager not to be fired. Instead, he tenders his resignation to become a part owner of the Red Sox, effective after the season. 1917 – Behind Harry Harper in game one and Walter Johnson in game two, the Nats toss aside the visiting A’s, 5-0 …

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Sep 14

This Date in Washington Senators History – Jimmy Piersall is knocked unconscious

September 14 1901 – Cy Young of Boston scores his 30th win of the year, a 12-1 dismantling of the Nationals. 1915 – The Nats George Dumont debuts with a bang, whitewashing visiting Cleveland, 3-0. Both of Dumont’s 2 victories this season are shutouts. 1935 – Galloping to their 5th straight win, the Senators topple …

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Sep 13

This Date in Washington Senators History – Jimmy Piersall is arrested for disorderly conduct

September 13 1924 – Walter Johnson decisions Detroit’s Earl Whitehill, 6-4, in the Motor City. The Yankees stay 1 GB with a win in Chicago. Later in the evening, Johnson is informed that he is the winner of the AL MVP award, gaining 55 of 64 points. The runner up for the MVP is White …

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Sep 12

Tom Cheney – 21 Strikeouts in 18 Innings

September 12, 1962 – Baltimore, MD With little fanfare pitcher Tom Cheney of the Washington Senators  strikeouts a major league record twenty-one Baltimore Orioles on route to his 2-1 victory in the 16-inning contest. In front of only 4,098 fans at Memorial stadium in Baltimore, the Senators and the Orioles were tied 1-1 until Bud …

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Sep 12

This Date in Washington Senators History – Porterfield becomes the AL’s first 20 game winner of the ’53 season

September 12 1908 – Walter Johnson starts for the 5th time in 9 days, replacing a sore armed Charley Smith. The Big Train wins for the 5th time in 9 days, defeating Eddie Plank and Philadelphia, 2-1. All of the 5 victories recorded by Johnson are complete game efforts. 1916 – Walter Johnson and Babe …

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