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Bringing Back the Senators

Nats Explode for 20 Hits to Salvage Split

Saturday, Aug. 9, 1924: White Sox 8, Nats 2; Nats 8, White Sox 5

Compiled by J.J. McCoy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 9, 2004; 12:12 AM


Games 110, 111: at Chicago

A doubleheader split with the White Sox leaves things looking up for the Nationals today as they tally 20 hits in the nightcap. What is not up, however, is newly acquired outfielder Earl McNeely's arm: When club president Clark Griffith extends a hand to welcome him to the team, McNeely explains that he can't lift his right arm because of having landed on his shoulder diving for as ball back with his Sacramento club. Griffith reportedly goes ballistic, and starts planning to protest the transaction to AL president Ban Johnson, but calms down a bit after McNeely sees action in today's opener, singling and driving in a run in his first MLB at-bat before lashing a deep fly to centerfield, where only Maurice "Flash" Archdeacon's range prevents him from extra bases.

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As Frank H. Young reports: "While the Nationals were unable to do any better than break even in the bargain day offering with the White Sox here today, Manager [Bucky] Harris was highly elated at one thing which the afternoon's battles developed -- that is his men have finally discovered what their bats are for. While they rang up but nine [hits] in the opening engagement, which went to the home boys, 8 to 2, they suddenly came to life in the nightcap to come through with 20, which enabled them to turn in an 8-5 victory to close the day's card.

"It took three National pitchers to lose the first fracas in which the crew managed by [Johnny] Evers gave him a very fine demonstration of the stuff which made the team in the good old days earn the nickname of 'Hitless Wonders.'" Eight runs were rung up on only nine hits.

"Curly Ogden and Urban Faber were the starting hurlers, the latter lasting the route because of his ability to tighten up in the pinches. Ogden retired in the fifth, Marberry, who succeeded him, went out in the seventh, and Speece finished out the string.

"The final half of the bill found Tom Zachary and Hollis Thurston opposing moundsmen. Neither lasted the route but the damage done to Hollis was something terrible, all of the Nats' 20 hits being earned off his delivery. Jezebel Tecumseh was knicked (sic) for but eight in seven and one-third frames, his withdrawal in favor of Russell being decided upon because Tom always appeared to be skating on mighty thin ice."

Offensive efforts of the day were provided by Muddy Ruel (2-3 with a run scored, then 3-5 with a stolen base and run scored; .287), Sam Rice (0-4, then 3-5 with a double and three runs scored; .317), Joe Judge (0-3, then 3-4 with a run scored; .322), Ossie Bluege (1-4, then 3-5 with a run scored; .236), and Goose Goslin (0-3, then 4-5 with a homer, stolen base and two runs scored; .338).

In other headlines:


"The President and Mrs. Coolidge, Secretary of the Navy Curtis Dwight Wilbur and Major General John L. Lejeune, head of the Marine Corps, have been extended special invitations to attend the Catholic University-Quantico Marine game."


"The propounder of of the problem was Dr. C.W. Kimmins of the University at London, who has for many years been engaged in a statistical study of what children laugh at and why."


The woman arrested two days earlier as a suspect for jabbing young women with a needle after asking their help crossing the street "is an enigma to the police. . . . [She] wears clothing that was the vogue two decades ago . . . [and] seems to be highly educated and gives the impression that she might at one time have been a trained nurse."


"Commissioner Oyster, cabinet officials and possibly President Coolidge will witness the exhibition of the American Olympic swimming team at Wardman Park pool this afternoon."

This Day in Washington Baseball History

1921: The Browns go 19 innings with the Senators before topping Washington 8-6. Browns' star George Sisler is 6-for-9 in the game, while Brownie Dixie Davis pitches the distance allowing 13 hits. Nats star Joe Judge bangs an American League record-tying three triples in the game.

1922: With the score even at six apiece, the Browns score two in the seventh off reliever Walter Johnson to beat the Senators, 8-6. The Browns finish an 11-5 home stand.

1946: All scheduled MLB games are played at night for the first time in history (four in the AL and four in the NL); the Senators host and defeat the A's, 2-1.

1956: The Senators get a license to sell beer at Griffith Stadium.

1967: Minnesota's 20-inning 9-7 loss to the Senators is the longest game in Twins history. Ken McMullen's 20th-inning home run wins it for Washington.

Number of days since the Washington Senators last played: 12,000

Estimated attendance at the Montreal/San Juan/Monterrey Expos' last home game: 7,147 (July 27, 2004)

Compiled from various sources, including The Washington Post, "The Baseball Timeline" and BaseballLibrary.com.


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