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The 1933 Washington Senators was a season in American baseball. They won 99 games, lost 53, and finished in first place in the American League. It was the third and final pennant of the franchise while based in Washington. The team was managed by Joe Cronin and played home games at Griffith Stadium. They lost the best-of-seven World Series in 5 games to the New York Giants.

1933 Washington Senators
AL Champions
Franklin Roosevelt throwing opening ball at Griffith Stadium cph.3c33862.jpg
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Clark Griffith and George H. Richardson
Manager(s)Joe Cronin
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It would be the last time a Major League Baseball postseason series would be held in Washington until the 2012 season. The Senators franchise, which moved to Minneapolis–St. Paul after the 1960 season, has since won three American League pennants (1965; 1987; 1991) and two World Series (1987 and 1991) as the Minnesota Twins. This world series would be the last one the city of Washington would see until 2019.

Regular seasonEdit

Player-manager Cronin was selected to the All-Star team as the starting shortstop and finished second in MVP voting. He also led the Senators with 118 runs batted in. 19-year-old infielder Cecil Travis had five hits in his major league debut.[1]

Season standingsEdit

American League W L Pct. GB
Washington Senators 99 53 .651 --
New York Yankees 91 59 .607 7
Philadelphia Athletics 79 72 .523 19½
Cleveland Indians 75 76 .497 23½
Detroit Tigers 75 79 .487 25
Chicago White Sox 67 83 .447 31
Boston Red Sox 63 86 .423 34½
St. Louis Browns 55 96 .364 43½

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1933 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CWS CLE DET NYY PHI STL WSH
Boston 11–7 6–16 11–11 8–14 14–8 9–13 4–17
Chicago 7–11 9–13 10–12 7–15–1 12–10 15–7 7–15
Cleveland 16–6 13–9 10–12 7–13 6–16 15–7 8–13
Detroit 11–11 12–10 12–10 7–15 11–11 14–8–1 8–14
New York 14–8 15–7–1 13–7 15–7 12–9 14–7–1 8–14
Philadelphia 8–14 10–12 16–6 11–11 9–12 14–6 11–11–1
St. Louis 13–9 7–15 7–15 8–14–1 7–14–1 6–14 7–15
Washington 17–4 15–7 13–8 14–8 14–8 11–11–1 15–7


RosterEdit

1933 Washington Senators
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Luke Sewell 141 474 125 .264 2 61
1B Joe Kuhel 153 602 194 .322 11 107
2B Buddy Myer 131 530 160 .302 4 61
3B Ossie Bluege 140 501 131 .261 6 71
SS Joe Cronin 152 602 186 .309 5 118
LF Heinie Manush 153 658 221 .336 5 95
CF Fred Schulte 144 550 162 .295 5 87
RF Goose Goslin 132 549 163 .297 10 64

Other battersEdit

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Dave Harris 82 177 46 .260 5 38
Bob Boken 55 133 37 .278 3 26
Sam Rice 73 85 25 .294 1 12
Moe Berg 40 65 12 .185 2 9
Cecil Travis 18 43 13 .302 0 2
Cliff Bolton 33 39 16 .410 0 6
John Kerr 28 40 8 .200 0 0
Nick Altrock 1 1 0 .000 0 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Alvin Crowder 52 299.1 24 15 3.97 110
Earl Whitehill 39 270 22 8 3.33 96
Lefty Stewart 34 230.2 15 6 3.82 69
Monte Weaver 23 152.1 10 5 3.25 45

Other pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bobby Burke 25 64 4 3 3.23 28
Alex McColl 4 17 1 0 2.65 5
Ed Linke 3 16 1 0 5.06 6
Ray Prim 2 16 0 1 3.14 6
Ed Chapman 6 9 0 0 8.00 4

Relief pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Jack Russell 50 12 6 13 2.69 28
Tommy Thomas 35 7 7 3 4.80 35
Bill McAfee 27 3 2 5 6.62 14
Bud Thomas 2 0 0 0 15.75 1
John Campbell 1 0 0 0 0.00 0

Awards and honorsEdit

All-StarsEdit

Joe Cronin, starter, shortstop Alvin Crowder, reserve, pitcher

League top five finishersEdit

Joe Cronin

  • #4 in AL in RBI (118)

Alvin Crowder

  • MLB leader in wins (24)

Joe Kuhel

  • #4 in AL in stolen bases (17)

Heinie Manush

  • #2 in AL in batting average (.336)
  • #3 in AL in runs scored (115)

Earl Whitehill

  • #3 in AL in wins (22)

1933 World SeriesEdit

Game 1Edit

October 3, 1933, at the Polo Grounds in New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Washington (A) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 3
New York (N) 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 x 4 10 2
W: Carl Hubbell (1–0)   L: Lefty Stewart (0–1)
HR: NYGMel Ott (1)

Game 2Edit

October 4, 1933, at the Polo Grounds in New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Washington (A) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
New York (N) 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 x 6 10 0
W: Hal Schumacher (1–0)   L: Alvin Crowder (0–1)
HR: WASGoose Goslin (1)

Game 3Edit

October 5, 1933, at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Washington (A) 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 x 4 9 1
W: Earl Whitehill (1–0)  L: Freddie Fitzsimmons (0–1)   S: Hi Bell (1)

Game 4Edit

October 6, 1933, at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
New York (N) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 11 1
Washington (A) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
W: Carl Hubbell (2–0)  L: Monte Weaver (0–1)
HR: NYGBill Terry (1)

Game 5Edit

October 7, 1933, at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York (N) 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 11 1
Washington (A) 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 10 0
W: Dolf Luque (2–0)  L: Jack Russell (0–1)
HR: NYGMel Ott (2)   WASFred Schulte (1)

Farm systemEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Sports Illustrated, Oct 27, 2008, p.24, Vol. 109, No. 16

ReferencesEdit

  • 1933 Washington Senators at Baseball-Reference
  • 1933 Washington Senators team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.