Tag Archive: Washington Senators

May 11

It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)

The great jazz song titled “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” is a 1931 composition by Duke Ellington, with lyrics by Irving Mills.The great composer Duke Ellington may not have found his swing if not for his first job at Griffith Stadium. The young Duke Ellington was more of a …

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Apr 20

President Truman Greeted by Boo-Birds

On this day in 1951 the Washington Senators invited Harry S. Truman the 33rd President of the United States of America to throw out the first pitch at the team’s home opener on April 20, 1951. The President who is baseball fan accepts the invitation. The President must have been aware that he may not …

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Apr 10

This Day in D.C. Baseball History – Johnson beats Newly Named Yankees

April 10, 1913 Behind the superb pitching of Walter Johnson  the Washington Senators beat the newly named New York Yankees 2-1. With the Yankees only run being an unearned run, Walter Johnson begins a  streak of shutout innings that will reach a record 56 innings. Walter  Johnson will go on to have his greatest season …

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Apr 10

The Expansion Senators Debut

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 07

1969 in Washington, D.C. – A Special, Memorable Opening Day

Forty-eight years ago today, the baseball season began anew in Washington, as the Senators hosted the New York Yankees. A sports backwater since the 1940’s, when Slingin’ Sammy Baugh led the Redskins to championships and the 1945 Senators came up a hair short in a tight pennant race, the nation’s capital claimed the spotlight on …

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Dec 16

Remembering Cecil Travis

On this day in 2006 Cecil Travis died in Riverdale, GA at the age of 93. Cecil Travis was a star baseball player for the Washington Senators in the 1930’s and early 1940’s. On May 16, 1933 the 19 year-old Travis made his debut for the Senators. The young man from Riverdale, GA wasted no …

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Aug 28

Goose Goslin leads Senators over Yanks

August 28, 1924 – The Washington Senators win the first game of a four game series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium by the score of 11 to 6. The Senators were led by Goose Goslin who hit for the cycle and went 4 for 5 and knocked in 6 runs during the …

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Jul 30

Hansen’s Unassisted Triple Play

July 30, 1968 On a hot evening at Cleveland Stadium the 5,937 fans in attendance witnessed a baseball rarity. In the bottom of the 1st inning the Cleveland Indians had runners on 1st and 2nd base when Joe Azcue lined a ball to the Washington Senators shortstop Ron Hansen. Before anyone knew what had happened …

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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 08

Mickey Vernon’s MLB Debut

James Barton “Mickey” Vernon who was born on April 22, 1918 in Marcus Hook, PA, made his Major League and Washington Senator debut on July 8, 1939. In his first game Vernon went 1 for 5 at the plate and played first base as the Senators beat the Philadelphia Athletics 6-3. During the rest of …

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