History of the original Senators team ownership

When the National League dropped four cities, including Washington, after the 1899 season, an opening was left for the upstart American League. What remained of the Kansas City team from the Western League was moved to Washington, D.C., where the Senators became an original member of the A.L in 1901. The team stumbled through its … Continue reading History of the original Senators team ownership

Tom Ferrick keeps original Senators over .500 for last time

On September 28, 1952, at Fenway Park, journeyman reliever Tom Ferrick pitched four scoreless innings and was the winner in a 5-4 Senators’ victory. The season-ending win let Washington finish at 78-76, the last time the original Senators had a winning year. It also would be Ferrick’s last time on a major league mound. At … Continue reading Tom Ferrick keeps original Senators over .500 for last time

2008: Zimmerman’s walk-off homer opens Nationals Park

With Washington’s new ballpark due to open, Nationals’ management lobbied Major League Baseball to let the team to start the National League season on ESPN’s Sunday night game, March 30, 2008.[1] Despite the Nats’ dim prospects, MLB granted the request, putting Washington in the national spotlight for an opener for the first time since the … Continue reading 2008: Zimmerman’s walk-off homer opens Nationals Park

2007: Levale Speigner (who?) beats two-time Cy Young winner

The 2007 Washington Nationals were plodding along a dozen games under .500 when the team arrived in Minnesota late on June 7 for a weekend series. The Twins were playing .500 ball, clearly a disappointment a year after they had won the division behind Most Valuable Player Justin Morneau, batting champ Joe Mauer and Cy … Continue reading 2007: Levale Speigner (who?) beats two-time Cy Young winner

The ‘Little Big League’ movie’s ties to the Senators

The film "Little Big League" from 1994, directed by Andrew Scheinman, has a definite Washington connection. The premise of the movie is that a 12-year-old, played by Luke Edwards,  inherits the Minnesota Twins from his long-time owner/grandfather (modeled on Calvin Griffith and played by Jason Robards Jr.). The grandfather tells of how as a youngster he … Continue reading The ‘Little Big League’ movie’s ties to the Senators

Ownership of the expansion Senators

The franchise that became known as the expansion Senators had an 11-year run in the Nation’s Capital from 1961 through 1971 before moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to become the Texas Rangers. The expansion team, created as soon as the original Senators departed for Minnesota, essentially had three sets of owners. The last acted … Continue reading Ownership of the expansion Senators