Tag: Walter Johnson

May 11

This Date in Washington Senators History

May 11 1904 New Senators manager Patsy Donavan picks up his first win in his managerial debut as the Senators beat the Browns 7-3 in Washington. The victory “improves” the Nats record to 2-16. 1911 At Chicago, the Senators give up a season high 20 runs as the Senators get pounded 20-6 by the Sox. …

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May 10

This Date in Washington Senators History – Big Train’s consecutive scoreless innings streak at 52 2/3

May 10 May 10 was an eventful day in the colorful history of the Senators, particularly as it pertains to Walter Johnson and a variety of streaks and records by different players. 1909 – Walter Johnson suffers his second straight 1-0 shutout loss, this one to the White Sox at South Side Park. It is …

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May 08

A Nats fan’s response to a youngster in search of a team

You may have heard the story of Pete Van Vleet of Ashland, Virginia, who wrote to every major league team, asking each to make a case for his newborn son, Jack, to be their fan. The 42-year-old Richmond native, a former colleague at The Associated Press, did not have a home team to root for …

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May 08

This Date in Washington Senators History

May 8 1912 – Walter Johnson‘s five game win streak is snapped with a 7-6 defeat at the hand of the White Sox in Washington. 1914 – May 8 must not have been a good day for the “Big Train” in his career. On this date in 1914, Johnson comes on in relief against the …

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May 07

This Date in Washington Senators History – The Babe out-duels The Big Train

May 7 1917 – Boston’s Babe Ruth out-duels Walter Johnson 1-0 in Washington. The only run is a sacrifice fly by, who else, the Babe himself. 1957 – Charlie Dressen is dismissed as the Senators manager after the Senators drop 8 straight to fall to 5-16. Under new manager Cookie Lavagetto, the Senators drop their …

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May 02

This Date in Washington Senators History – Johnson pitches 100th career shutout

May 2 1923 – Walter Johnson pitches the 100th shutout of his career with a 3-0 win over the Yankees at Griffith Stadium. The “Big Train” would record 113 shutouts, still a major league record. Senators Birthday Lucas Newton Turk B May 2, 1898 D Jan. 11, 1994 Senators Short Timer Lucas Turk appeared in …

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Apr 28

This Date in Washington Senators History

April 28 1911 – Walter Johnson picks up his first victory of the season with a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia. The only run yielded by the the “Big Train” is a solo HR to Frank “Home Run” Baker. This will be the first of 25 wins for Johnson as he will finish fifth in the …

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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 …

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Apr 23

This Date in Washington Senators History – Johnson pitches his 5th Opening Day shutout

April 23 1903 – The New York Highlanders won their first major-league game with a 7-2 decision over the Washington Senators. Pitcher Harry Howell gets the win for New York. 1919 – Walter Johnson records his 5th Opening Day shutout, defeating the Philadelphia Athletics 1-0 in 13 innings. Click here for the Box Score. 1969 …

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Apr 22

Almost Perfect – Big Train’s No Hitter

As most of you know by now Phil Humber of the Chicago White Sox tossed a perfect game yesterday. Humber’s perfect game was the 21st perfect game in Major League history. This morning I wanted to see how close Washington’s Walter Johnson came to pitching a perfect game during his July 1, 1920 no-hit game …

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