So much has been written about the Nationals' five-month sprint to victory in the World Series that little can be added without belaboring the obvious. The feelings of disbelief, joy and relief were all mixed together after so many years of frustration for fans of Washington baseball. How about some strange trivia then? On June … Continue reading World champions at last!
When the two worst teams in the American League met at Shibe Park for a September 20, 1942, doubleheader, Philadelphia’s legendary owner-manager Connie Mack readily admitted that the results were not foremost on his mind. His A’s had clinched the basement for a third season in a row, but the team avoided 100 losses by … Continue reading Sept. 20, 1942: War shadows Nats’ comeback against A’s
Jackie who? If that was your reaction, you obviously never heard of the man described in 1950 as “America’s Greatest Entertainer.” Price, an amazingly acrobatic baseball player, performed his tricks with bat, ball and glove for a capacity crowd before the Senators’ game on July 22, 1950. He “bowed out to the loudest fan salute … Continue reading Jackie Price at Griffith Stadium in 1950
The Yankees were cruising to their fifth straight A.L. pennant in 1953 when they took on the Senators in New York for a three-game series on Aug. 18. The Nats had just split a doubleheader in Boston with the Red Sox, while the Yanks had won four straight after pummeling the then-sixth place A’s in … Continue reading Aug. 18, 1953: Nats top Yanks, 10-8, with 7 in 9th
As this is written on July 4, 2019, 80 years have passed since Lou Gehrig gave his heartfelt and heartbreaking speech at Yankee Stadium. He bid farewell to baseball, famously calling himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth” despite being stricken with an incurable illness that would claim his life and come … Continue reading Gehrig’s farewell speech and the Senators
In 2018, for the first time in any season, strikeouts exceeded hits. The top 20 batters who struck out the most in a season have done so since 2009. The top 30 are all since 2000. Dozens of pitchers today average a strikeout or more every inning. In an average game, between 15 and 18 … Continue reading Sept. 12, 1962: Cheney strikes out a record 21 batters
The slow climb of Gil Hodges’ Washington Senators teams had brought the 1967 squad to heights unknown: a 55-55 record after shutting out the Twins in Minnesota on August 7. None of the previous expansion Nats in their six years had reached .500 so far into the season. A month earlier on July 8, Washington’s … Continue reading Aug. 9, 1967: Down 7-0, Nats top Twins in 20 innings