Aug 25

Homestand for the ages shows Nats have character

Has there ever been a better time to be a Nationals fan? A team that some baseball experts called the biggest disappointment of the season just a few weeks ago now sits atop the National League after a 9-1 homestand for the ages — the most remarkable this team has seen since moving to town. …

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Aug 25

This Date in Washington Senators History – Big Train’s 7 inning no-hitter

August 25 1906 – At Washington, the Nats sweep a pair from the White Sox‚ 5-4 and 4-3. The Nats plate 3 runs in the 9th off Ed Walsh in game one to snap the White Sox’s, AL record, 19 game winning streak. 1911 – In the first of two at Detroit, the Senators mop …

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Aug 24

This Date in Washington Senators History – Nats payback Indians 20-8

August 24 1913 – With the Senators ahead, 2-1, in the bottom of the 9th, two Chicago baserunners reach base off Walter Johnson. With two on and two outs, Johnson’s 13 game winning streak looks to be in peril with Eddie Collins strolling to the plate. The Big Train is up to the task and …

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Aug 23

This Date in Washington Senators History – Big Train reels off his 16th consecutive victory

August 23 1906 – The “Hitless Wonders”, the White Sox, earn their 19th straight victory, defeating Washington, 4-1, in D.C. Chicago’s 19 game win streak will be an AL record until it is duplicated by the Yankees in 1947. 1912 – The Big Train reels off his 16th consecutive victory, rolling past the Tigers in …

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Aug 22

This Date in Washington Senators History – ’25 Senators crush Tigers 20-5

August 22 1905 – The Nationals will take a win anyway they can. At Detroit, umpire John Sheridan awards a forfeit win to the Nationals when Detroit refuses to begin play after an argument. Washington is leading in the 11th, 2-1, when Sheridan awards the forfeit. 1915 – Seeing their 9 game win streak fall …

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Aug 21

Gabby’s Monumental Catch

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August 21, 1908 To settle a bet between two gentlemen, Washington Senators catcher Charles “Gabby” Street agreed to try to catch a baseball dropped from the Washington Monument, attempting to replicate the feat achieved by Chicago Colts catcher Pops Schriver on August 24, 1894. On the morning of August 21, 1908 Gabby set up a …

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Aug 21

This Date in Washington Senators History

August 21 1908 – Today marks the 106th anniversary of Gabby Street‘s famed Washington Monument catch. Two Nats fans by the names of Preston Gibson and John Biddle make a $500 wager on whether a ball that is dropped from the top of the Washington Monument can be caught on the fly. Gibson and Biddle …

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Aug 20

This Date in Washington Senators History – ’25 Senators back on top of the AL to stay

August 20 1912 – Walter Johnson and Jay Cashion give Washington fans plenty of cheer in a twinbill. In the opener, the Big Train sets the AL record with his 15th consecutive win, a 4-2 victory over Cleveland. Johnson is upstaged in the second game by Cashion, who fashions a 2-0, 6 inning, no-hitter. The …

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Aug 19

This Date in Washington Senators History – ’24 Senators reclaim 2nd place

August 19 1907 – Washington pitcher Sam Lanford makes his ML debut a memorable one for all the wrong reasons. The righthander makes the start at Chicago and allows 4 runs, 2 walks, plunks 2 batsmen, tosses a wild pitch and balks-all in the 1st inning. Lanford pitches until the 3rd inning, during which he …

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Aug 18

Fister helps D.C. get revenge for a terrible deal

If Washington baseball fans know the value of anything, it’s patience. Fans who were abandoned by two big league franchises, endured 34 years without a team of their own, then witnessed and seven seasons of futility, must feel thrilled to have the Nationals making a run for their second division title in three years. If …

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