Monday, September 22, 2014

#668 Rangers Team Card

An unusual circumstance…only team card that actually moved to another city…so on closer viewing the uniform says Senators…The name was old but the franchise was new playing only 12 season in DC as an 1961 AL expansion team…The establishment of the team was in response to the original Senator's franchise’s move to Minnesota…Baseball feared antitrust action from the US legislature…Must of been quite the identity crisis....the Senators were the lesser team compared to its expansion brother the LA Angels…First year lost 100 games and was last in attendance…Senators’ woes continue with three more seasons of 100+ losses…1965 team escapes the 100 loss mark but remain near the bottom of the standings…futility continues until 1969 when the achives a 86-76 mark, the only winning season in the nation’s capital…with the Oriole’s dominance the strong still only resulted in 4th place and 23 games out of first…a significant decline occurred in 1970 with 92 losses + last place finish…more losses in 1971 as owner Bob Short made the move to the greener pastures of Texas…Total Senator record 740-1032….Texas since then has made two world series but has loss both…THE RECORDS:  HITTING almost all marks list has been eclipsed many times over…Chuck Hinton triples mark is now second best all time…Frank Howard’s 48 HR is now third..PITCHING:  one record still remains but it is not a good one…Denny McClain still holds the losses mark with 22...Interesting note:  Baseball reference recognizes  Darrell Knowles’ 1969 record of 9-3 as the best win pct, Topps does not, showing Dick Bosman’s 14-5 mark which is 9th best…Franchise record in Texas is 3346-3473 W-L


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