Tag Archive: Washington Senators

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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Jun 12

Casanova’s Long Night

June 12, 1967 At District of Columbia Stadium the Washington Senators and the Chicago White Sox played in what was the longest night game (22 innings, six hours, and 38 minutes) in Major League history.  The Senators win the game 6-5 when Paul Casanova hits a single to left field and Hank Allen scores the …

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Jun 11

Ferrell Boys traded to Washington

June 11, 1937 The Boston Red Sox and the Washington Senators made a five player trade, five days before the trading deadline. At the time the Red Sox were in desperate need of quality pitching so they traded brothers Wes and Rick Ferrell along with outfielder Mel Almada to the Senators, for pitcher Bobo Newsom …

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Jun 11

Remembering 1924 – Senators 12, Browns 1

Washington Senators 12, St. Louis Browns 1               Day Discrepancies Game Played on Wednesday, June 11, 1924 (D) at Sportsman’s Park III WAS A 1 0 1 3 0 0 4 3 0 – 12 18 0 STL A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 – …

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May 30

This Date in Washington Senators History – Earl Whitehill’s no-hit bid broken by a 9th inning single

May 30 1912 – Floundering with a 17-21 record, the Senators purchase the contract of 1B Chick Gandil from Montreal of the International League. With Manager Griffith immediately placing Gandil in the lineup, the Sens reel off 17 straight wins to rise from 6th to 2nd place. 1913 – Harry Hooper of Boston leads off …

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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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