The reunion of the 1969 Senators

On Sunday morning, Nov. 9, 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 able to regale … Continue reading The reunion of the 1969 Senators

The expansion Nats’ struggles to reach .500

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 before finishing at … Continue reading The expansion Nats’ struggles to reach .500

Sept. 27, 1940: Red Sox rout Nats, 24-4, at Fenway Park

As the 1940 season was ending, three Senators' pitchers combined on Sept. 27 to surrender the most runs allowed in an American League game that year. The potent Red Sox lineup of 1940 hadn’t been enough to overcome weak pitching. In between four second-place finishes (1938-39 and 1941-42), the Sox were mired in fifth place … Continue reading Sept. 27, 1940: Red Sox rout Nats, 24-4, at Fenway Park

Ellis Clary: Wartime Nat; longtime Griffith coach, scout

Ellis Clary played for the Washington Senators and St. Louis Browns for nearly four seasons during World War II. He had an at-bat during the Browns’ only World Series appearance in 1944. Once his playing career ended, he spent six years as a coach with the Senators in the 1950s and more than three decades … Continue reading Ellis Clary: Wartime Nat; longtime Griffith coach, scout

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

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 part in the performance of his career the evening of Wednesday, May 8, 1963, at … Continue reading 1963: Rudolph retires 25 in a row; Lock’s slam wins it