Bob Chakales, the Senators' Opening Day Starter in 1957, died in Richmond on Thursday. He was 82.
Chakales - pronounced Shackles - spent all or part of three seasons in a Washington uniform, winning 6 and losing 8, with a 4.58 ERA.
Overall, in 7 seasons he was 15-25, 4.54, with Washington, Cleveland, Baltimore, Boston and Chicago (AL). He came to the Senators from the White Sox in June of 1955 with two other players for outfielder Jim Busby, and was traded to Boston in late April of 1957 in a five-player deal that brought Russ Kemmerer and Faye Throneberry (Marv's brother) to Washington.
Is everything that Stephen Strasburg does newsworthy? Today he threw 37 pitches in a bullpen session at Spring Training and it led a local radio sportscast for several hours. I understand the guy's a huge part of the Nationals' future, but that's a bit much, really.
If you're not otherwise tied up tomorrow evening, check out "Washington in the 1970's" on WETA-Channel 26, at 9pm. There's footage from the final Senators' game, and some additional sports goodies as well, including "Bullets Fever" by Nils Lofgren.