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

“Oil” Smith and the 1925 World Series

Catcher Earl "Oil" Smith played on five World Series teams in his 12-year career, spanning the 1920s. You could argue that he cost the Senators a second world championship in 1925, when Washington became the first team to blow a three-games-to-one lead that year in losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Smith, renowned as a bench … Continue reading “Oil” Smith and the 1925 World Series

Earl McNeely, World Series hero

A 26-year-old rookie who came up in August, George Earl McNeely drove in the winning run in the 12th inning of the seventh game in the 1924 World Series, Washington’s only championship. Before his playing days ended, McNeely, known by his middle name, managed  – and owned  – a Pacific Coast League team. McNeely was … Continue reading Earl McNeely, World Series hero

Elmer Valo, Senators record-setting pinch-hitter

On May 23, 1960, the Yankees released 39-year-old Elmer Valo, a 20-year major league veteran who had been carving a niche as pinch-hitter and part-time outfielder in the late 1950s. He was signed the next day by the Washington Senators, who immediately anointed the left-hand hitter as the team’s go-to bat off the bench. Valo … Continue reading Elmer Valo, Senators record-setting pinch-hitter

Fact and fiction about Mantle’s “565-foot” homer

Mickey Mantle’s mammoth home run off the Senators' Chuck Stobbs at Griffith Stadium on April 17, 1953, is one of the most famous tape-measure blasts of all time. In fact, most sources credit this homer with creating the  “tape-measure’’ phrase, although obviously no tape measure was used to calculate the distance.  (Mantle was later photographed … Continue reading Fact and fiction about Mantle’s “565-foot” homer