Jul 24

This Date in Washington Senators History

July 24 1921 – 3 doubles from the stick of Detroit’s Harry Heilmann off the Big Train is not nearly enough as the Sens rough up the Tigers, 14-6. The win at Navin Field commences an 11 game winning streak for Washington. 1934 – The mercury hits 105 degrees, a record high temperature in Chicago. …

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Jul 23

When the Stars (and so Much Else) Came to Washington

So many years have passed since the nation’s capital last hosted baseball’s All-Star game that most people have forgotten the unique, unforgettable events that took place before and during the 1969 midsummer classic as well as one of the many fiascos one Robert E. Short committed during his sad, incompetent tenure as the Washington Senators’ …

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Jul 23

This Date in Washington Senators History -The All-Cuban triple play

July 23 1907 – The Nats AL record 31 game road trip finally reaches its end with a 3-1 loss to Cleveland. Washington goes 8-22, with one game tied, on the trip. Next season, the Nats will have a 30 game road swing. 1925 – Lou Gehrig holds the Major League for grand slams with …

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Jul 22

This Date in Washington Senators History

July 22 1923 – Walter Johnson notches career strikeout number 3,000 in the Sens 3-1 victory at Cleveland. Johnson K’s 5 Indians and will finish his career with 3,508 strikeouts. 1932 – Poor base running plagues Washington in an 8-4 home loss to Philadelphia. The Senators rack up 15 hits of Rube Walberg, but are …

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Jul 22

The Big Train Keeps on Rolling

July 22, 1923 Walter Johnson, the Washington Senators star pitcher, becomes the first pitcher in Major League Baseball history to strikeout 3,000 batters. Walter “The Big Train” Johnson rolled right over the Cleveland Indians as the Senators beat the Indians 3–1. The victory was The Big Train’s ninth of the season and the Senators won …

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Jul 21

Nats hit milestones on an historic date

As America commemorated 45 years since the first human steps on the moon Sunday, the Washington Nationals were celebrating some milestones and anniversaries of their own on the way to their 53rd victory of 2013, a 5-4 walk-off win over Milwaukee. Gio Gonzalez labored through one of his more difficult starts of the season, but …

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Jul 21

This Date in Washington Senators History

July 21 1902 The New York Herald reports that 3B Harry Wolverton will return to the NL Phillies. Wolverton “had informed the ‘Phillies’ he had tired of his work with the Washington American League club and had decided to go back to his first love. He will meet the the ‘Phillies’ when they return home.” …

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Jul 20

This Date in Washington Senators History – Coveleski wins 12th in a row

July 20 1904 – Believing that his best years are behind him, Washington unloads P Al Orth to the Highlanders for pitchers Tom Hughes and Barney Wolfe. Smiling Al will return to form in New York by posting an 11-6 record this season and winning 27 in 1906. 1918 – Johnson goes all the way …

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Jul 19

This Date in Washington Senators History – 1915 Nats steal a ML record 8 bases in the 1st inning

July 19 1915 – The Nationals steal a ML record 8 bases in the 1st inning of today’s 11-4 rout at Cleveland. Danny Moeller (3 SB), Clyde Milan (2), Eddie Ainsmith (2) and George McBride (1) lead the larceny on the basepaths against Tribe C Steve O’Neill. With the run support, Walter Johnson is able …

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Jul 18

This Date in Washington Senators History

July 18 1906 – Cy Falkenburg of Washington becomes the first ML pitcher of the 20th century to hit a grand slam. Falkenburg’s slam off Chicago’s Frank Owen is enough for the home Nationals to swat Chicago, 6-3. 1920 – At Griffith, the Nats rap 17 hits to cruise to an easy 10-3 victory over …

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