The Wrecking Crew of '33: The Washington Senators' Last Pennant

The Wrecking Crew of '33: The Washington Senators' Last Pennant

by Gary A. Sarnoff




In the spring of 1933, with a new president in office and a banking crisis narrowly averted, there was optimism in Washington, D.C., even among the baseball fans. The hard-luck Senators, who topped 90 wins in each of the previous three seasons only to finish well in back of the pennant winner, seemed full of promise. They secured a “new deal” of their own with 26-year-old Joe Cronin, their peppery shortstop, who had emerged as one of the best players in the American League. Newly signed as the youngest manager in the majors, Cronin was determined to lead the Senators to the pennant, though Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and the world champion New York Yankees stood in the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786442911
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/24/2009
Pages: 245
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gary A. Sarnoff has written for Nats News, Minor League News, and for the Biography Project of the Society for American Baseball Research. He also writes for the Silver Spring–Takoma Thunderbolts of the Cal Ripken Sr. League and lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1933 Washington Senators Roster 1

Prologue: Nats Win Flag by Nosing Out Browns, 2–1 3

1. Spring Training 5

2. The Old Fox, the Big Train, and the Washington Senators (Nationals) 20

3. Joe Cronin 31

4. The Strange Season of 1928 40

5. The 1929 Season 48

6. The Surprising Senators (1930) 58

7. The 1931 Season 73

8. Damn Yankees (1932) 82

9. New Deal for the Senators 97

10. Opening Day, 1933 104

11. War at Griffith Stadium 111

12. The Incredible Double Play 118

13. The Old Washington Wrecking Crew 125

14. Baseball’s Dream Game 137

15. Heat of the Pennant Race 143

16. The Winning Streak 150

17. Winning the Pennant 163

18. The 1933 World Series 175

19. One More Cheer for the Senators 194

Appendix 1. Game-by-Game Results for the 1933 Senators 207

Appendix 2. 1933 Senators Statistics 210

Appendix 3. 1933 World Series Statistics 211

Chapter Notes 213

<Bibliography 227

Index 229

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