Sept. 20, 1942: War shadows Nats’ comeback against A’s

September 28, 2019: 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 … Continue reading Sept. 20, 1942: War shadows Nats’ comeback against A’s

Jackie Price at Griffith Stadium in 1950

August 21, 2019: 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 … Continue reading Jackie Price at Griffith Stadium in 1950

Aug. 18, 1953: Nats top Yanks, 10-8, with 7 in 9th

July 31, 2019: 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[1] had just split a doubleheader in Boston with the Red Sox, while the Yanks had won four straight after pummeling the then-sixth … Continue reading Aug. 18, 1953: Nats top Yanks, 10-8, with 7 in 9th

Gehrig’s farewell speech and the Senators

July 4, 2019: As of July 4, 2019, 80 years had 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

Sept. 12, 1962: Cheney strikes out a record 21 batters

June 15, 2019: 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 … Continue reading Sept. 12, 1962: Cheney strikes out a record 21 batters

Aug. 9, 1967: Down 7-0, Nats top Twins in 20 innings

May 28, 2019: 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 … Continue reading Aug. 9, 1967: Down 7-0, Nats top Twins in 20 innings

Hondo: the expansion Senators’ enduring star

April 21, 2019: If anyone on the expansion Senators teams is remembered today by casual fans, surely that player is Frank Howard, the massive slugger brought to Washington in what undoubtedly was the best trade longtime GM George Selkirk ever made. (Posting on a Facebook page about the expansion team in May 2020, Russ White, … Continue reading Hondo: the expansion Senators’ enduring star

The ‘joke’ game that cost The Big Train a record

April 21, 2019: Walter Johnson's 1913 season ranks with one of the best ever by a pitcher. The Big Train went 36-7, leading both leagues in victories, complete games (29), innings (346), strikeouts (243), shutouts (11) and earned run average (1.14). That last figure stood as the lowest ever complied by a pitcher who threw … Continue reading The ‘joke’ game that cost The Big Train a record

July 13, 1954: Dean Stone’s weird All-Star victory

April 7, 2019: Dean Stone had a good enough rookie season with Washington in 1954 that he made the All-Star team, albeit as an injury replacement. Bob Porterfield, a 20-game winner the year before, and Senators first baseman Mickey Vernon were the Nats’ representatives before Stone was added after Ferris Fain of the White Sox … Continue reading July 13, 1954: Dean Stone’s weird All-Star victory