Ted Williams and the 1969 Washington Senators

Ted Williams and the 1969 Washington Senators : The Last Winning Season

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Heading into their ninth season, the expansion Washington Senators had never won more than 76 games in a season. The team even seemed to be backsliding, as the 1968 season brought 31 more losses than wins. Desperate to try something new, Senators owner Bob Short hired Hall of Famer Ted Williams to manage the team. Williams sparked the Senators to the best record for a Washington team since the old Senators (now the Minnesota Twins) had won 87 games in 1945. "The Splendid Splinter" oversaw dramatic improvements in both offense and pitching, with Dick Bosman even leading the league in ERA.The Senators' last winning season, 1969 was an unlikely high point in an otherwise lackluster 11 - year stay in the capital. Prior to that season, they'd been a perennial cellar dweller, and after 1969 the team would experience steep declines in attendance and wins, leading to an acrimonious departure to Texas. This book recounts that 1969 season in-depth.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 233 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 12.7mm | 317.51g
  • McFarland & Co Inc
  • Jefferson, NC, United States
  • English
  • ill
  • 0786441364
  • 9780786441365
  • 1,220,267

About Ted Leavengood

Urban planner Ted Leavengood is author of The 2005 Washington Nationals (2006). He writes a weekly column for the Washington Nationals Fan Club Web site at www.natsfanatics.com and his work has appeared in Elysian Fields Quarterly.show more

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"Ted Williams and the 1969 Washington Senators does not hit a false note on Ted Williams and digs into interesting aspects of the team and Williams as their manager. It is good work."--Bill Nowlin, author of numerous books on Ted Williams, including Ted Williams at War, and is Vice President of the Society for American Baseball Research; "The book brings back that time so vividly. I remember it so well, it's amazing."--Dick Bosman, former 1969 Senators pitching great and current pitching coach for the Tampa Bay Rays "Ted Williams and the 1969 Washington Senators is very interesting, well researched, and well written."--Mike Epstein, member of the 1969 Senators baseball teamshow more

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