Buck Freeman, first true power hitter

When Babe Ruth set a major league record with 29 home runs in 1919, his total topped what was generally recognized as the previous mark: the 25 home runs hit by baseball’s first real power hitter: Buck Freeman of the Washington Senators. Freeman hit his 25 round-trippers, playing for the 11th-place team in the 1899 … Continue reading Buck Freeman, first true power hitter

George Selkirk molded the expansion Nats

George Selkirk became the expansion Senators second general manager on Nov. 21, 1962. He succeeded Ed Doherty, who had been fired at the end of the 1962 season by then Senators majority owner Elwood R. “Pete” Quesada. As a player, Selkirk, nicknamed “Twinkletoes” because of his running style, had replaced Babe Ruth as the Yankees … Continue reading George Selkirk molded the expansion Nats

Books About Washington Baseball

These are books about the history of baseball in Washington: “The Washington Senators,’’ by Morris A. Bealle (1947, Columbia Publishing Company), long out of print, subtitled “An 87-year History of the World’s Oldest Baseball Club and Most Incurable Fandom’’  “The Washington Senators,’’ by Shirley Povich (1954, G.P. Putnam & Sons), one of Putnam series of … Continue reading Books About Washington Baseball

“Boom Boom” Beck and Camilo Pascual

Walter “Boom Boom” Beck was the Senators’ pitching coach from 1957 through 1959. He was hired in the fall of 1956 by Chuck Dressen, the Nats’ manger at the time and, like Beck, a native of Decatur, Ill. When Cookie Lavagetto replaced Dressen early in 1957, Boom Boom stayed on. Beck helped Camilo Pascual develop … Continue reading “Boom Boom” Beck and Camilo Pascual

Bennie Daniels’ places in history

The 1961 Washington Senators were assembled in a hurry after Calvin Griffith took his established team to the Twin Cities. Two days after the expansion draft in December 1960, the new Senators acquired a pitcher named Bennie Daniels along with two other players from Pittsburgh in exchange for the aging Bobby Shantz. Daniels developed into … Continue reading Bennie Daniels’ places in history