Sept. 12, 1962: Tom 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: Tom 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

The 1969 A.L. home-run race

April 23, 2019: Harmon Killebrew signed with the Washington Senators in 1954 and appeared in his first major league game in June under the “Bonus Baby” rule that kept him on the Nats’ roster. It took him until 1959 to win a regular job as the Senators’ third baseman. He proceeded to tie for the … Continue reading The 1969 A.L. home-run race

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 reunion of the 1969 Senators

March 21, 2019: On Sunday morning, Nov. 8, 1998, in suburban Chantilly, Va., Tom Holster and members of the Washington Baseball Historical Society sponsored a reunion of the 1969 Senators team. The star of the event was the ’69 team’s rookie manager, Ted Williams. His health weakened by several strokes, the 80-year-old Williams still was … Continue reading The reunion of the 1969 Senators

The expansion Nats’ struggles to reach .500

February 3, 2019: Prior to the sudden improvement under Ted Williams in 1969, the expansion Washington Senators rarely reached the .500 mark beyond the early days of the season. Even the ’69 team struggled to win more games than it lost until a September surge. On July 30, the ’69 Senators’ record stood at 53-54 … Continue reading The expansion Nats’ struggles to reach .500

Two All-Star game slights

January 19, 2019: The rules for the annual MLB All-Star games require that every team, no matter how bad, must have a representative. The expansion Nats were no worse than many bad teams over the years, but Washington's lone "All-Star" twice was given short shrift. Dick Donovan was an obvious and deserving pick in 1961, … Continue reading Two All-Star game slights

May 8, 1963: Rudolph retires 25 in a row; Lock’s slam wins it

November 17, 2018: Left-hander Don Rudolph stood out for two reasons in the early 1960s: He was married to a highly paid exotic dancer, and he worked faster on the mound than any of his contemporaries. Neither of those achievements, however, played a significant part in the performance of his career the evening of Wednesday, … Continue reading May 8, 1963: Rudolph retires 25 in a row; Lock’s slam wins it

Ed Brinkman, an unsung glove record-setter

July 25, 2018: A Gold Glove shortstop but perennial weak hitter, Edwin Albert Brinkman played 15 seasons in the majors, the first 10 of them with the expansion Washington Senators. Traded to Detroit in October 1970 in the infamous Denny McLain deal, he led the Tigers to a division title and was voted Tiger of … Continue reading Ed Brinkman, an unsung glove record-setter

A history of the ownership of the expansion Senators

May 23, 2018: 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. … Continue reading A history of the ownership of the expansion Senators