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The Nats: 1922

"Washington Ball Club, 1922." View full size. National Photo glass negative.

"Washington Ball Club, 1922." View full size. National Photo glass negative.


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Slim McGrew

That is indeed Walter "Slim" McGrew on the far left. He sure McGrew alright; he's the tallest player of his time. He was 6'-7½". Decent minor league pitcher. Didn't get much of a chance in the big leagues. He looks so out-of-place in this picture. They didn't make many 1920's ballplayers like him. Seeing him in this assemblage reminds me of when the great fireballer Herman "The Green Monster" Munster pitched briefly (part of one episode) for the Dodgers.

They had to wait two years

They won the pennant and World Series in 1924, with the Big Train going 23-7 and winning the MVP. They won the pennant in '25 as well, but lost the series in seven games with an exhausted Johnson left on the hill too long.

Big'un on the left

I believe the big man on the far left is Walter "Slim" McGrew from Yoakum, Texas. While he was big his career was short (three years and 30 innings pitched) all with the 'Nats.

Not so hot in 1922....but

didn't they win the AL pennant in 1925 and played in the Series vs. the NY Giants in 1925? (The year Babe Ruth had the "big tummyache.") I think they won the pennant again in 1933, with Bucky Harris the Boy Wonder and Joe Judge (?). In later years, Joe fronted a great bar and seafood restaurant on Long Island.

Walter Johnson

The great pitcher Walter Johnson played for the Senators for his entire 21-year career. I believe he is on the first row, fifth from the right. Johnson had twelve 20-win seasons, including ten in a row. Twice, he topped thirty wins. Johnson's record includes 110 shutouts, still a record. He is second in wins behind Cy Young, with 417.

[Walter is standing third from the left. He's also here. - Dave]

Nice Baseball Picture

I love to study the great old baseball pictures.

Fun to see a very young Goose Goslin sitting front, center.

There's the legendary Walter Johnson, content to be an afterthought in the back.

I'm trying to figure out the Big 'Un far left. Ballplayers were smallish then, and that huge man just stands out. I'm guessing he is lefty Harry Courtney, but he sure looks bigger than 6'4", given that Walter Johnson is listed at a generous 6'1".

[Harry Courtney (top three pics below) is on the right; Walter Johnson (fourth pic) is third from left. - Dave]

The Nats

Washington -- First in War, First in Peace, and Last in the American League.

(Today that would be last in the National League East)

Bad Season

69 wins, 85 losses.

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