Tag Archive: Hondo

Apr 24

The Passion of Senators Fans in 1969: The Raucous Welcome for the Nats at Friendship Airport

(Part 1 of a 3-part series) Starved for a winner, Washington baseball fans went a little crazy when it looked like they might actually get one in 1969. Once the thrill of having Ted Williams on board as manager wore off, the team had to prove themselves in the standings. After 16 years of losing …

Continue reading »

Aug 10

Zimmerman’s big weekend, and memories of Frank Howard

If there was a silver lining in last weekend’s series loss to the Colorado Rockies, it’s that Ryan Zimmerman appears to have fully recovered from the plantar fasciitis that has sidelined him for much of this season. The Nationals first baseman has hit safely in four straight games and seven of his last nine, and …

Continue reading »

Mar 30

1969 Spring Training -The Entire Story

“Bob Short’s Picnic Table Diplomacy” Part 1 of a Five Part Series on 1969 Spring Training 1969′s spring training may have been the most unique in Washington baseball history. Change abounded. The club sported a new owner, Robert E. Short, a celebrity manager, Ted Williams, and even new uniforms (the elegant navy blue pinstripes replaced …

Continue reading »

Mar 23

1969 Senators Spring Training — Hondo’s Holdout

1969 Senators Spring Training — Hondo’s Holdout: Part 4 of a 5-Part Series As spring training in Pompano Beach continued, Ted Williams and his charges learned more and more about each other. Williams professed his hitting philosophy, “wait for a good pitch to hit” and being patient at the plate so walks would increase. Teddy …

Continue reading »

Jul 31

Does Historical Milestone Mean Anything?

You tell me, do historical Washington baseball statistics mean anything? I personally think keeping historical numbers that span across the different Washington major league franchises are worth keeping and sharing with the current Washington baseball fans. The difficult decision is deciding what numbers you use. Do you go all the way back to the 1886 …

Continue reading »