This Day in D.C. Baseball History: February 3rd…


WASHINGTON – The Washington Nationals, in fact, have by no means performed a recreation on a February 3.

And neither did the Washington Senators.

However each franchises have former gamers who’ve a birthday immediately or had been born on at the present time.

One in all them is former pitcher Mike Wallace, who was born in Gastonia, North Carolina in 1951.

His household finally moved to Virginia and he was a standout pitcher at James Madison Excessive in Vienna earlier than he was drafted within the fourth spherical by the Phillies in 1969.

Wallace is considered one of 4 Madison Excessive alums to look within the Majors, together with pitcher Jay Franklin, outfielder Bob Brower, and catcher Jim McNamara.

“We moved from Gastonia to Vienna in 1959, once I was 9,” Wallace informed Federal Baseball final week. “I nonetheless have family on each side of the household from Gastonia.”

Franklin was the second general choose within the 1971 draft, going to the Padres, and he pitched in his solely three Main League video games that yr for San Diego.

Brower went to Duke and performed for the Rangers and Yankees from 1986-89. McNamara went to North Carolina State and performed for the Giants in 1992-93.

A lefty, Wallace broke in with the Phillies in 1973 and in addition pitched for the Yankees and Cardinals earlier than ending his profession with the Texas Rangers – previously the Senators – in 1977.

In his profession, Wallace was 11-3 with an ERA of three.91 in 117 video games with 4 begins and three saves.

After his taking part in days, Wallace was an assistant coach at George Mason College, within the Clark Griffith League and has appeared up to now on baseball exhibits with the Mid-Atlantic Sports activities Community (MASN) as he mentioned the Nationals and the majors. He lives in Northern Virginia.

No less than two former Senators have birthdays immediately: one-time outfielder Wayne Comer and former pitcher Joe Coleman.

Coleman was born in 1947 in Boston and was a first-round select of close by Natick Excessive by the Senators in 1965.

He made his debut within the majors later that yr at age 18 and was with the Senators via 1970.

In his first yr with the Tigers the subsequent season, he gained 20 video games then gained a career-high 23 video games three years later.

Coleman ended his profession with the Pirates in 1979 and he gained 142 video games within the majors.

Wallace remembers one spring coaching when Coleman was nearly damage significantly. “Ted Simmons hit a line drive off his head; Coleman was with the Tigers on the time,” Wallace mentioned.

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