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Dec 08

This Date in Washington Senators History – Happy Birthday Ed Brinkman

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December 8 Senators Birthdays Garrabrant Ryerson Alyea B Dec. 8, 1940 Still Living Originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds prior to the 1962 season, Brant Alyea would be drafted by the expansion Senators in the fall of that year. Making a number of stops in the Senators organization, Alyea would get his first taste of …

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Dec 06

This Date in Washington Senators History

December 6 Senators Birthdays Daniel John Dobbek B Dec. 6, 1934 Still Living Outfielder Dan Dobbek would debut with the original Senators in early September of 1959. Playing in 16 games, he’d hit .250. 1960 would be Dobbek’s most active year in the majors when he’d play in 110 games during the original Senators last …

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Dec 05

This Date in Washington Senators History

December 5 Senators Birthdays Elmer Joseph Gedeon B Dec. 5, 1893 D May 19, 1941 Elmer Gedeon would make his major league debut with the Washington Senators in mid-May of 1913. Appearing in 29 games, Gedeon would play 2nd and 3rd base, shortstop, outfield and would even pitch 1/3rd of an inning. However, that versatility …

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Nov 25

This Date in Washington Senators History

November 25 Senators Birthdays James Dement Weaver B Nov. 25, 1903 D Dec. 12, 1983 Pitcher Jim Weaver is another of those players who spent a goodly time in the major leagues but qualifies as a “Senators Short Timer”. In Weaver’s case, he’d play in 189 games with 6 different teams, including 2 separate stints …

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Nov 23

This Date in Washington Senators History

November 23 Senators Birthdays Just 1 birthday to report this November 23rd: Herman Charles Reich B Nov. 23, 1917 D Oct. 22, 2009 Senators Short Timer Herman Reich spent 1 odd season in the majors in 1949. Drafted by the Cleveland Indians from Portland of the Pacific Coast League in 1948, Reich would be waived …

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Nov 18

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

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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 – 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 – 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 – 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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