The All-Franchise Team 1921-1930

It probably comes as no surprise that this is a team primarily made up of members of the 1924 team. Most of the starters in the field didn’t change much over the decade, an indication of the team’s success.

C Muddy Ruel 1923-1930 42.1 WARP3
Ruel played his entire Washington career during this decade, and is the most successful catcher so far in franchise history.

1B Joe Judge 1921-1930 46.5 WARP3
Not a particularly difficult choice considering that Judge played at least 109 game at first base in every season during the decade. Judge played 1,332 games at first base from 1921-1930; the next closest on his team played 36 games at first in the decade.

2B Bucky Harris 1921-1928 37.5 WARP3
Was more influential as a manager than a player, but was a solid second baseman and team leader.

SS Roger Peckinpaugh 1922-1926 26.4 WARP3
Was named AL MVP in 1925, though it was a year late because his best season, by far, came in 1924.

3B Ossie Bluege 1922-1930 34.5 WARP3
Bluege was very consistent at third through most of the decade.

LF Goose Goslin 1921-1930 53.7 WARP3
Probably the franchise’s player of the decade, Goslin was the only power threat in Washington for many years. Who knows how many home runs he may have hit had he played his home games anywhere but Griffith Stadium.

CF Tris Speaker 1927 5.1 WARP3
The only member of the lineup that was not a part of the 1924 World Series team, Speaker played just one year in Washington, but stands above the rest in the revolving door that was center field in Washington.

RF Sam Rice 1921-1930 53.0 WARP3
Rice may have also been the best center fielder for his work there in 1921 and 1922.

SP Walter Johnson 1921-1927 46.8 WARP3
Though it was the end of his career, Johnson still has some great seasons, including his 1924 MVP season.

SP George Mogridge 1921-1925 24.2 WARP3
Mogridge had his best season in 1921, and was a better-than-average starter every year he was in Washington.

SP Tom Zachary 1921-1925; 1927-1928 24.2 WARP3
His first stint with the team was much more productive than his second. Zachary’s great 1924 season was one of the reasons that the team won its first pennant.

SP Bump Hadley 1926-1930 17.7 WARP3
The only member of the pitching staff not from the 1924 roster, Hadley made his name later in the decade.

RP Firpo Marberry 1923-1930 32.9 WARP3
Though a lot of his success came as a starter, Marberry was one of the first bullpen aces. He gave Bucky Harris a lot of flexibility when it came to the pitching staff, and was one of the keys to the success in 1924.

Born August 13, 1964
Tom Prince
One of the many beloved backup catchers in franchise history.

Born August 13, 1935
Jim “Mudcat” Grant
Grant started his career in Cleveland, and was traded to the Minnesota Twins in the middle of the 1964 season. He won 21 games in 1965, and went 2-1 in the 1965 World Series, including a victory over Don Drysdale in Game 1, and a one-run gem in Game 6.

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