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Damn Senators: My Grandfather and the Story of Washington's Only World Series Championship Hardcover – April 1, 2003
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"Judge tells a love story about our Nation's Capital and his grandfather, the legendary first baseman of its "'Damn Senators.'" -- Bowie Kuhn, Commissioner of Baseball (1969-1984)
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Because I am an amateur baseball historian, I loved the accounts of the players, games, franchises, and even stadiums of the early 1900's, and the detailed descriptions of the 1924 World Series games made me feel like I was there. The author wrote quite a bit about Walter Johnson, and did an excellent job of illustrating his superlative career and the enormous amount of respect and admiration that teammates, opponents, and fans had for "Barney."
I really enjoyed the author's writing style and his skill in weaving descriptions of baseball games, personal information, historical anecdotes, and cultural background into a smart, well-flowing narrative- something that is difficult to do without sounding awkward or uneven. Possibly the best example of this is the story from which the book derives its name, about the retired Joe Judge serving as the inspiration for a famous play and movie.
The included history of the Senators franchise is great- even though the franchise had painfully few highlights during its existence, the author covers them all, as well as some of the more infamous moments such as the record-setting futility of the 1909 team, Clark Griffith's attempt to buy Ty Cobb, and the mess surrounding the team's departure in 1971.Read more ›
Those who believe game six of the 1975 World Series is the best game ever played in the fall classic should read Damn Senators. Mark Judge does a fine job depicting the excitment of game seven of the 1924 World Series, when Walter Johnson came out of the bullpen to gain victory for the Senators in their one and only World Series triumph. I saw game six of the 1975 World Series on television. After reading Damn Senators I almost feel as though I have seen game seven of the 1924 Series as well.
Damn Senators is well worth its purchase price. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys the winning combination of baseball and fine writing.
Sadly, of course, it wasn't long after the glory days of the author's grandfather that Washington fans were forced to endure nearly 4 decades of teams that did not even try to compete, with the inevitably attendance problems resulting. Judge poignantly recounts the departure of the Senators in 1960, and then of their expansion replacement in 1971. Ironically, today Washington is the center of huge metropolis, the 6th largest media market in the U.S. Yet it has no baseball team. Mark Judge's book reminds us of a better time for baseball fans in the DC area, and points us to toward a day when the Washington Senators may be reborn.
Some minor quibbles with the background chapter that opens the book: Judge seems to confuse the identity of various 19th century teams (e.g., the Chicago "White Stockings", "Colts", and "Cubs" are all the same team).Read more ›
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This is a nice look at the Washington Senators during their brief glory era of Walter Johnson, Goose Goslin, Joe Judge, Bucky Harris, etc. Read morePublished on March 1, 2009 by K.A.Goldberg
Mark Gauvreau Judge has done a fine job of putting together the story of the Washington Senators in the 1920s and 1930s. Read morePublished on September 9, 2006 by Winslow Bunny
I enjoyed reading the book. Perhaps it's a function of having read previous works on the old Washington Senators (e.g. Read morePublished on July 14, 2004 by Bryan D. Berthot
Written by the grandson of the legendary first baseman of the old Washington Senators, Joe Judge, Damn Senators is a nostalgic telling of how the Senators with Joe Judge achieved... Read morePublished on June 7, 2004 by Midwest Book Review
Although this book was about the great Senators' franchise of the Walter Johnson era that included the "Big Train" Walter Johnson, Sam Rice, Goose Gooslin, Bucky Harris and the... Read morePublished on June 1, 2003 by Daniel Hurley
In prose as graceful as it is unassuming, Mr. Judge recalls a Washington that for many older residents is a beloved, receding memory; a city of neighborhoods and local heros, not... Read morePublished on April 29, 2003 by Michael Judge
In prose both graceful and unassuming, Mr. Judge recalls the Washington that all locals know as a beautiful, rapidly receding memory; a city of neighborhoods and people, not simply... Read morePublished on April 29, 2003 by Michael Judge