Author Topic: Most Influential Current and Past Nats (personal project)  (Read 1508 times)

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Offline welch

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In addition to Walter Johnson,

- Clark Griffith (The Old Fox): he was baseball in Washington from the minute he became manager , about 1913, until he died as owner around 1956.
- The stars from the 20's: Goose Goslin, Sam Rice (both Hall of Famers), Joe Judge;
- Bucky Harris: managed the '24 and '25 teams; returned to manage in the late '30s and again from about '49 - 53.
- Stars from the 30's teams: Buddy Myer, Buddy Lewis, Cecil Travis
- 40s / 50s: Micky Vernon (two-time batting champion), Eddie Yost (compare his walks to strikeouts and be amazed), Pete Runnels (AL batting champ after Calvin Griffith dumped him to Bosox), Roy Sievers (AL home run champ, 1957; RoY in 1948 with the browns...first RoY). The movie "Damn Yankees" uses film of Sievers when it shows Joe Hardy hitting a homer and trotting around the bases.

Killebrew had a couple seasons on the Nats bench because of the bonus rule, and then a season or two bouncing around Chattanooga and some AAA club. He became a full-time force in 1959, when he tied Micky Mantle for AL home run championship, and in 1960 when he hit 30 even though he was injured.

- Frank Howard, Ken McMullen, Eddie Brinkman from the New Senators. Brinkman usually hit about .210, but he was such a great fielder that it didn't matter. McMullen was a team leader a strong hitter, and the best 3B in baseball.

Partly I'm suggesting famous players, but also good players who lasted a long time in Washington...long enough to become identified *as* the Nats or Senators.

Plus two broadcasters:

- Arch MacDonald, radio broadcaster from 1933 - 1956, probably in broadcast wing of the HoF. Popularized the phrase, "Ducks on the pond" for runners on base. (Nats Park has a photo of Arch broadcasting a game from a ticker-tape, ready to bang a gong for a base-hit. Was so popular that the pharmacy [?] from which he broadcast built bleachers so people could watch him work.)

- Bob Wolff: TV broadcaster from 1947 until Calvin Griffith moved the team to Minneapolis. Probably also in the Hall.

And, journalist:

- Shirley Povich. Covered sports for the Post from 1924 until the died in the late '90s. There were others, such as Bob Addie (Post) and Mo Siegel (Daily news), but Povich can cover for all of them.