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Damn Senators: My Grandfather and the Story of Washingtons Only World Series Championship Hardcover – April 1, 2003
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"Judge eloquently recalls the team's finest times, when Joe Judge played first base and Walter Johnson was on the mound." -- William Gildea, The Washington Post
"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)
About the Author
Mark Gauvreau Judge's work has appeared in the "Wall Street Journal," the "Washington Post," the "Weekly Standard" and other publications. He is the author of "If It Ain't Got that Swing: The Rebirth of Grown-Up Culture."
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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. There are plenty of nuggets of baseball lore to savor within these 170 pages (including some great photos).
If you are an old-school baseball fan, or a resident of the Washington D.C. area who remembers baseball in the nation's capital (or waits patiently for its long-overdue return), I strongly recommend this book. Mark Gauvreau Judge successfully combined the histories of a family, a city, and a sport into an excellent work.