Category Archive: History


Aug 11

This Date in Washington Senators History – ’33 Senators lead in the AL increases to 4 games

August 11 1933 Taking control of the AL race, Washington tallies 6 runs in the 9th inning to polish off Boston, 8-4, at Fenway. Both squads use a record tying 11 pitchers in the tilt. The Senators lead in the American League increases to 4 games. 1961 The M&M Boys, Mantle and Maris, continue their …

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Aug 10

This Date in Washington Senators History – Walter Johnson’s wild fastball knocks Ossie Vitt unconscious

August 10 1901 – The Nationals and A’s divide an eventful doubleheader in Washington. In game one, a 9-4 Washington win, Win Mercer of the Nats becomes the first AL pitcher ever to steal home. The A’s Nap Lajoie collects a pair of homers before getting ejected in the 7th. In the afternoon game, Philadelphia …

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Aug 09

This Date in Washington Senators History – Senators are granted a license to sell beer at Griffith

August 9 1921 – In the longest game in the majors this season, the Browns hang a loss on the Senators, 8-6 in 19 innings at Griffith. Brown starter Dixie Davis yields 13 hits over the first 11 frames, but allows no Washington safeties over the last 9 innings. George Sisler is 6-for-9 and the …

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Aug 08

This Date in Washington Senators History – Bobby Burke pitches no-hitter

August 8 1904 – The last place Nationals (21-69) win their 3rd straight in St. Louis, a 9-1 rout. The 3 game winning streak is a season best for woeful Washington. The Nats now sit just 34 games back of first place leaders Chicago, Boston and New York. 1920 – Jack Tobin and George Sisler …

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Aug 07

This Date in Washington Senators History – Walter Johnson wins first game

August 7 1907 – The last place Nationals bottle up the visiting Naps, 7-2. This victory would have been uneventful if not for the fact that Walter Johnson wins his first ML game. Cleveland scatters only 4 hits off Johnson. 1918 – Jim Shaw is relieved in today’s 6-2 loss in Chicago by Sam Rice. …

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Aug 06

This Date in Washington Senators History – Rookie Sid Hudson records his second 1-hit shutout

August 6 1917 – Eddie Plank, in the last game of his career, squares off against Walter Johnson in a fabulous, 11 inning pitching duel, won by Johnson, 1-0. The 41 year old Plank, no doubt tired of pitching for the sad Browns, will announce his retirement in a week, despite a 1.79 ERA. 1922 …

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Aug 05

This Date in Washington Senators History – ’59 Senators end 18 game losing streak

August 5 1902 – Rookie pitcher Otto Hess of the Bronchoes, making his second start since being signed at an open tryout, struggles his way to a 7-6, 10 inning victory in Cleveland. SS Johnny Gochnauer, who sustained a broken finger earlier in the contest, doubles in the tying run in the 8th and belts …

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Aug 04

This Date in Washington Senators History – Wounded WW II hero Bert Shepard pitches for Senators

August 4 1908 – In a 7-5 loss at Cleveland‚ the Nationals’ Otis Clymer and Jim Delahanty draw suspensions for verbally abusing umpire Silk O’Loughlin. Delahanty‚ fined $50 by Ban Johnson, is banned from the Cleveland ballpark for one year for his behavior‚ though he denies that the language he used could be heard all …

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Aug 03

This Date in Washington Senators History – Roy Siever’s walk off home run beats Tigers

August 3 1906 – In a duel of Tom’s, the National’s Tom Hughes and the Brown’s Tom Glade, the Nats defeat the Browns, 1-0, in 10 innings. Hughes homers in the top of the 10th for the only score of the game. In the process, Hughes becomes the first pitcher ever to win his own …

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Aug 02

This Date in Washington Senators History – Walter Johnson Day

August 2: Walter Johnson Day We salute the greatest pitcher of all time, Walter Johnson. It was 110 years ago today that the icon first stepped onto a big league mound. 1907 – A new era of Washington baseball begins. More than 10,000 jam Washington’s League Park to see the debut of a highly publicized …

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