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Nov 18

This Date in Washington Senators History – Bob Allison named the AL Rookie of the Year

November 18 1924 Cal Ewing, owner of the Pacific Coast League’s Oakland Oaks, prematurely announces that he has sold the franchise to Walter Johnson. The announcement is made after Johnson’s representative George Weiss deposits a $5,000 check towards the purchase of the Oaks. With the recent sale of the Cardinals for $275,000, the price Ewing …

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Nov 11

Veterans Day Special – James “Jimmy” Trimble III

During work on an article on the connection between Washington baseball and Japan I came upon the story of Mr. James, “Jimmy” Trimble. While some have read about him, I found it compelling enough to submit it. Trimble played for St. Albans was the best high school pitcher in the District. A natural athlete he …

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Nov 11

Veterans Day Special – Wounded Veteran gets a Try Out

March 15, 1945 College Park, MD – Bert Shepard, a one legged veteran of World War II, tries out as a pitcher for the Washington Senators. The Senators owner Clark Griffith was so impressed with Shepard that he hired him as the team’s pitching coach. During the 1945 spring training Shepard with his artificial leg …

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Nov 11

Veterans Day Special – Remembering Cecil Travis

Cecil Travis was a star baseball player for the Washington Senators in the 1930’s and early 1940′s. On May 16, 1933 the 19 year-old Travis made his debut for the Senators. The young man from Riverdale, GA wasted no time in showing off his batting skills as he goes 5 for 7 against the Cleveland …

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Nov 11

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

From 1939 to 1945 the Homestead Grays played a lot of their home game at Griffith Stadium when the Washington Senators were out of town. The Grays drew some very large crowds when the team played at Griffith Stadium. The local fans wanted to see the Grays’ exciting brand of baseball. With stars like Josh …

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Oct 24

This Date in Washington Senators History

October 24 Senator Managers Jake Stahl, 1905-1906 Record as Senators manager: 119-182, .395 Pct. Teams managed: 1905: 64-87, 7th place, .424 Pct., 29.5 GB 1906: 55-95, 7th place, .367 Pct., 37.5 GB During an era where most players, and the general populace for that matter, did not possess a high school education, Jake Stahl was …

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Oct 08

Washington’s First Post Season Series

On 8 October 1880, an Inter-league playoff series is hastily arranged between the Washington Nationals, champions of the National Association and the Chicago White Stockings, champions of the National League. The games will be played in Washington and Baltimore. The National League Champion Chicago White Stockings The White Stockings finished first in the National League …

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Oct 03

This Date in Washington Senators History – 1933 World Series

October 3   Washington at NY Giants, Game 1- Giants 4 Senators 2 Giants lead series 1-0 The pre-Series talk centered on the “boy managers” for the two teams, Joe Cronin of Washington and Bill Terry of the Giants. While the press concerns itself with the “youth” of the two skippers, Cronin refrains from naming …

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Oct 02

This Day in Washington Nationals History – LaRoche hits his career-high 33rd homer

2009 – Ian Desmond homered, tripled and drove in three runs and the Nationals kept up their strong finish to a dismal season by beating the Atlanta Braves (86-74) 6-3. The win extends the Nats’ winning streak to five games. 2012 – Adam LaRoche hit his career-high 33rd homer in the 6th inning, after rounding …

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Oct 01

Washington’s History in the Post Season

Since 1901 Washington’s baseball team has participated in the post season playoffs five times. Each time Washington has made it into the postseason they had the best record in their league. Below are the final standings and playoff results for each year Washington participated in the post season. 1924 Final Standings Team Name G W …

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