Apr 14

Rookie Joe McClain Posts the Expansion Senators’ First Win

Joe McClain

Having lost their first game to the White Sox on Opening Day, April 10, 1961, the expansion Senators were idle for two days due to inclement weather. By Friday evening, April 14, the rain moved on, and a 27-year-old rookie pitcher walked to the mound to start the opener of a three-game series against the …

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Apr 14

William H. Taft starts new tradition

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Many great baseball traditions started here in the Nation’s Capital. One of the most famous of these traditions is throwing out the first pitch on opening day by the President of the United States. On April 14, 1910, William H. Taft started the tradition after umpire Billy Evans handed him the baseball. To the joy …

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Apr 14

This Date in Washington Senators History

April 14 1910 President William Howard Taft, 27th president of the United States starts an American tradition by throwing out the ceremonial “first pitch”. Catching the ball is Senators pitcher Walter Johnson who throws a one-hitter, winning 3-0 over the Philadelphia Athletics. The only hit for the A’s is a Frank Baker double. 1961 Washington’s …

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Apr 13

Three reasons Nats fans should remain optimistic

Repeat after me: “It’s still early… It’s a marathon, not a sprint… Nobody ever won a pennant in April… Three of our best hitters haven’t played yet.” Can we think of any other worn-out clichés to perk up the spirits of Nats fans expecting more after a 2-4 first week? There are probably plenty. Quite …

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Apr 12

This Date in Washington Senators History

April 12 Senators Birthdays All three of today’s birthday boys share the distinction of playing briefly for the Senators at the end of their respective careers. Samuel Lester Agnew B Apr. 12, 1887 D Jul. 19, 1951 Catcher Sam Agnew began his 7 year major league journey with the St. Louis Browns in April of …

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Apr 11

This Date in Washington Senators History – Umpire Emmett Ashford breaks color barrier

Emmett Ashford

April 11 1966 – Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and 44,467 other fans are in attendance as the Washington Senators lose to the Cleveland Indians by the score of 5-2. Washington carried a 2-1 lead into the 9th inning when the Indians score 4 runs to seal the victory. “Sudden” Sam McDowell gets credit for …

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Apr 10

The Expansion Senators Debut

JFK

On April 10, 1961- Before the Washington Senators and the Chicago White Sox opening day  game the crowd of 26,725 watched President John  F. Kennedy throw out ceremonial first pitch at Griffith Stadium. The Senators’ starting pitcher Dick Donovan did his job in the top of the 1st inning by getting Minnie Minoso to line …

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Apr 10

This Date in Washington Senators History

Cliff Blankenship

April 10 1967 Opening Day – 44,382 fans see Mel Stottlemeyer of the New York Yankees toss a 2 hit shutout as the Senators lose the opener 8-0. Pete Richert is tagged with the loss for Washington. Mickey Mantle plays 1st base for the first time in his career. Bill Robinson and Elston Howard homer …

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Apr 09

This Date in Washington Senators History – Happy Birthday to Dizzy, Happy, Hippo, Ollie and a couple more

April 9 1959 – In the fifth inning against Washington at Griffith Stadium, the Orioles become the first team in history to turn a triple play on Opening Day. Vice President Richard Nixon, a right-hander, substitutes for President Dwight D. Eisenhower and watches the Senators breeze to a 9-2 win. Pedro Ramos is credited with …

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Apr 08

This Date in Washington Senators History

Carr Smith

April 8 1963 The expansion Senators, enroute to a worst ever record of 56-106, lose their home opener to the Baltimore Orioles by the score of 3-1. Steve Barber gets the win for Baltimore, with Stu Miller being credited with the save. Don Rudolph is charged with the loss for Washington. Baltimore gets home runs …

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