Mar 17

This Date in Washington Senators History – Griffith Stadium catches on Fire

March 17 1911 – Washington’s Griffith Stadium, currently under construction and being prepared for an April opener, catches fire when plumbers working on the piping start a fire that burned down the grandstand. Since the water has been shut off, firemen can do nothing at first. It took the firemen, some time before they could …

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Mar 16

This Date in Washington Senators History

March 16 1953 American League owners turn down a bid made by Bill Veeck to move the St. Louis Browns to Baltimore. The “reason”-not enough time before the start of the season. Led by Washington Senators owner Clark Griffith, the owners vote 6 – 2 against the move. (The move would be made 2 days …

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Mar 15

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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Mar 15

This Date in Washington Senators History

March 15 1944 In accordance with wartime travel restrictions the Washington Senators train at the University of Maryland. The Senators enter camp with 6 knuckleball pitchers on their spring training roster: Alex Carrasquel, Mickey Haefner, Dutch Leonard, Bill Lefebvre, Johnny Niggleing and Roger Wolff. Haefner, Leonard, Niggeling and Wolff all are selected for the starting …

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Mar 14

This Date in Washington Senators History

March 14 Senators Birthdays John Wyeth (Red) Marion B Mar. 14, 1914 D Mar. 13, 1975 Senators Short Timer Red Marion spent 2 distinct stints with Washington separated by 7 years. First arriving in the majors in mid-September of 1935, outfielder Marion would appear in 4 games, going 2 for 11 with a double and …

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Mar 13

This Date in Washington Senators History

March 13 Senators Birthdays Bruno Block (Born James John Blochowicz) B Mar. 13, 1885 D Aug. 6, 1937 Catcher Bruno Block came to the major leagues in early August of 1907, playing in 24 games for the Washington Senators, hitting .140 in 57 AB. Out of the majors in 1908 and 1909, Block would return …

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Mar 12

This Date in Washington Senators History

March 12 Senators Birthdays Joseph William Engel B Mar. 12, 1893 D Jun. 12, 1969 Washington, DC native Joe Engel arrived in the major leagues in late May of 1912. A pitcher, Engel began his career with the Washington Senators posting a 2-5 record in 17 games in his rookie season. Engel would go 8-9 …

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Mar 11

D.C. Baseball Single-Season Hitting Records

Statistics by Mark Hornbaker / dcbaseballhistory.com Updated on March 11, 2017               Top 10 Single Seasons – Home Runs Rank Name HR Year name League 1 Frank Howard 48 1969 Senators American 2 Alfonso Soriano 46 2006 Nationals National 3 Frank Howard 44 1968 Senators American 4 Frank Howard …

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Mar 11

This Date in Washington Senators History

Senators Birthdays Jack Russell Spring B Mar. 11, 1933 D Aug 2, 2015 Another “baseball nomad”, pitcher Jack Spring would play for 7 teams over 8 seasons in a career that spanned 11 years. Originally obtained by the Philadelphia Phillies from Spokane of the Western International League before the 1953 season, Spring would make his …

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Mar 10

This Date in Washington Senators History

March 10 An unusual day for Senators birthdays on this date-one very early Senator and 3 One Game Wonders, all of them born in the 19th century, making the Senators Coffee Shop a busy place this March 10th. Senators Birthdays Eugene Napolean DeMontreville B Mar. 10, 1873 D Feb. 18, 1935 Shortstop  came to the …

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