Dean Stone’s weird All-Star victory

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 was hurt. “He’s … Continue reading Dean Stone’s weird All-Star victory

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