1941: “Senators Lose a Game They Had Already Won”

….so read the headline in The Sporting News.

Friday August 15, 1941

The Nats were ahead 6-3 in the eighth inning of the game against the Boston Red Sox at Griffith Stadium when the umpires called a halt due to rain. After a 40-minute delay, the game was called – under league rules a victory for the home team.

Boston manager Joe Cronin noticed that the Washington grounds crew did not cover the field during the rain delay. Had the rain stopped, he said, the game would not have been able to continue due to the sloppy condition of the field. He claimed that Washington had an interest in letting the field get soaked and protested the game to the league.

On August 28, AL President Will Harridge ruled the game a forfeit. In effect, Washington lost a game in the standings without even playing. Clark Griffith complained, but ultimately the game is still in the record book as a 3-0 win for Boston, with no wins or losses assigned to pitchers.

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One Response to 1941: “Senators Lose a Game They Had Already Won”

  1. […] in the history section, where MLB already had precedent for navigating the letter of the law and dealing with ground crew results which favor the home team…Anyway, in the end the Cubs held on to their victory upon […]

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