When the American League declared itself a major league in 1901, the new league moved the previous Western League’s Kansas City franchise to Washington, a city that had been abandoned by the National League a year earlier. The Washington club, like the old one, would be called the Senators. The Senators began their history as a consistently losing team, at ...
In the 1924 World Series, the Washington Senators beat the New York Giants in seven games. The Giants became the first team to play in four consecutive World Series, winning in 1921 – 1922 and losing in 1923 – 1924. Their long-time manager, John McGraw, made his ninth and final World Series appearance in 1924. This was the second extra-inning ...
History of the Senators
The Washington Senators were a professional baseball team in the American League from 1901 to 1960. The team was based in Washington, D.C., and had a long and storied history over its 59 years of existence. During this time, the Senators won three pennants (1924, 1925, 1933) and two World Series titles (1924-25). They also featured some of the greatest players in baseball history, such as Walter Johnson, Goose Goslin, and Sam Rice, all enshrined in Cooperstown's Hall of Fame today.
During their first decade or so playing Major League Baseball, the Senators struggled mightily on both sides of the ball with just one winning season between 1901-11, despite having star pitchers like Walter Johnson on staff every year during this stretch. However, things changed for them after Clark Griffith took over ownership duties before the 1912 season, which saw them make it into postseason play five times until 1933 when they won their last pennant before moving on to Minnesota following the 1960 campaign, where they posted an abysmal 60–101 record under manager Cookie Lavagetto.
While it may have taken a while for success to arrive at doorsteps, Washington Senators eventually became a force reckoned with during the 1910s & 1920s, thanks mainly to Clark Griffiths's leadership skills plus contributions from great players like Walter Johnson & Goose Goslin. Although unfortunate that the franchise relocated after the 1960 campaign, its legacy will forever be remembered by sports fans everywhere who follow MLB closely, even today.
Washington D.C. – Minneapolis
2000 – Present / Major League Baseball
1901 – 1999 / American League
1961 – Present / Minnesota Twins
1901 – 1960 / Washington Nationals/Senators
Nationals/Senators – Baseball is one of America's oldest and most beloved pastimes, with teams that date back to the late 19th century. One such team is the Washington Senators, founded in 1901 and played until 1960 when they relocated to Minnesota. The Senators had a long history as one of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) most successful franchises in D.C., winning three American League pennants and two World Series titles over 59 years of play before moving away from the nation’s capital for good. But what many people may not know about this legendary franchise are the origins behind its nickname: “Senators."
Owner Thomas Condon chose the name after purchasing controlling interest in the team at an auction held on December 12th, 1900 – just weeks before their inaugural season opener against Philadelphia Athletics on April 13th, 1901, at Washington Park I stadium near Union Station downtown DC. According to legend, Condon was inspired by his surroundings while attending a meeting at Congress Hall, where he heard several members referring to each other as “Senator,” which led him to decide upon that moniker for his new baseball club. It wasn't until 1905, however, when the official logo featuring an eagle wearing senatorial robes atop Capitol Hill became part of uniforms worn every game day throughout the remainder of decades-long tenure within MLB ranks.
Despite changing ownership numerous times since the move Northward in 1961 following the season's finale against Baltimore Orioles on September 30th, 1960 -the nickname remains unchanged today nearly 60 years later, thanks mainly due Mr. Condons thoughtful choice back to turn the 20th Century .. Throughout it all though loyalty fans never wavered even through darkest hours ultimately making senators proudest franchise any city could ask for!
World Series 1
1991, 1987, 1924
2010 – Present / Target Field
1982 – 2009 / Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
1961 – 1981 / Metropolitan Stadium
1911 – 1960 / Griffith Stadium
1911 – 1920 / National Park
1903 – 1910 / National Park
1901 – 1902 / American League Park
2009 – Present / Jim Pohlad
1984 – 2009 / Carl Pohlad
1955 – 1984 / Calvin Griffith
1920 – 1955 / Clark Griffith
1912 – 1920 / Benjamin Minor
1904 – 1912 / Thomas C. Noyes
1901 – 1903 / Ban Johnson & Fred Postal
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
3 / Harmon Killebrew
6 / Tony Oliva
7 / Joe Mauer
10 / Tom Kelly
14 / Kent Hrbek
28 / Bert Blyleven
29 / Rod Carew
34 / Kirby Puckett
42 / Jackie Robinson
*Blue is this team’s history