Tag: Washington Senators

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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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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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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Mar 18

The Weekend from Hell

by Milton Thomas (or Why I will always hate the Red Sox) The spring of 1961 was the worst of all times from this 12 year old Washington Senators fan point of view.  The old Washington Senators were now the Minnesota Twins. This wasn’t fair! They were just getting good…anybody with half a brain could …

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Sep 26

This Day in D.C. Baseball History – 1924 Pennant Race – 1969 Senators’ are Winners

1924 Pennant Race – The Senators lead Yanks by One game September 26 – Boston, MA The Boston Red Sox beat the first place Washington Senators 2-1 in front of 12,000 spectators at Fenway Park. The Senators’ loss and the Yankees’ 7-1 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics left the Senators with only a one game …

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May 25

Remembering Joe Judge on his Birthday

*Remembering Brooklyn born Joseph Ignatius Judge “Joe Judge” on his 119th birthday. When Joe was a young boy his family moved to the Upper East Side of New York. When Joe was 12 years-old he enjoyed playing baseball. One day while playing shortstop Joe was noticed by a local mailman Bud Hannah. Bud took some …

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