By Mark G. Judge
Mark pass judgement on has written a booklet that's instantly a touching memoir of his grandfather, celebrity first baseman for the outdated Washington Senators; a historical past of baseball in its golden age and a thrilling account of the Senators' 1924 international sequence victory.
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The arrival of a new manager, Clark Griffith, a man who would bring Washington to unprecedented baseball glory, was right around the corner. And a young Irishman named Joe Judge was turning heads playing first base on the sandlots of New York. Damn Senators Mark Gauvreau Judge 39 2 GRIFFITH’S MEN M y grandfather was born in 1894, a year before Babe Ruth. He batted and threw left-handed, and he was small for a first baseman at 5’7” and 150 pounds. Described as “a wrist hitter,” he used a bat weighing 37 ounces.
Griffith needed a good first baseman among other players, and borrowed $12,000 to pick up Charles “Chick” Gandil. Unlike my grandfather, Gandil actually looked like a first baseman: he was 6’2” and almost 200 pounds. Like most players back then, he had been toughened up by life. At seventeen he had run away from home in St. Paul, ending up playing baseball in Mexico. He also boxed, bringing in $150 a fight, and in the off season worked in a copper mine. Gandil provided a spark for Washington, which didn’t lose for three weeks, winning sixteen games, all of them on the road.
S. citizen on October 17, 1888, and three years later married Catherine Hanley. Joseph got a job working for the Edison Electric Company, and the couple settled into a tough Irish neigh- Damn Senators Mark Gauvreau Judge 40 borhood in Brooklyn. On May 30, 1894, Catherine gave birth to my grandfather. Joe Judge was left-handed, which was considered a moral as well as a physical problem in parenting manuals of the day. Teachers could not break his “habit” of using his left hand for writing or swinging a bat.