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Johnny Niggeling from the Chronology
May 19, 1946 - The oldest star to go into the military was the White Sox P Ted Lyons who finished each of the 20 games he started in 1942. Lyons continues to pitch on the first 5 Sundays of the 1946 season. Although the 46-year-old former Marine has an ERA of 2.32 he loses 3 of his 4 starts including today's opener to Washington 4-3. The Nats Johnny Niggeling beats Ed Lopat in the nitecap 7-1 as Mickey Vernon cycles for the Nationals.
Sep 29, 1944 - In Detroit the Tigers split with 2 of the Washington knuckleballers beating Johnny Niggeling in the opener 5-2 behind Rufe Gentry but losing to Mickey Haefner 9-2 in the nightcap. Stan Spence's three-run homer in the 3rd off Dizzy Trout is the Nats big blow.
Jul 8, 1944 - At Washington the Browns edge the Nationals 5-4 behind Sig Jakucki. Sig walks 7 including 3 intentional walks to Stan Spence. Johnny Niggeling gives up 10 hits and strikes out 10 in losing to the league-leaders.
Aug 18, 1943 - In a trade that will benefit Washington the Senators send Ellis Clary Ox Miller and cash to the Browns for Johnny Niggeling and Harlond Clift. Niggeling will split 48 decisions as a Senator while Miller will win just 3 in St. Louis.
Sep 16, 1941 - A's rookie Elmer Valo hits his first homer off Johnny Niggeling of the Browns. The Czech-born Valo who hit .348 in six games last year will improve to .420 in 50 at bats this September to earn a starting job for 1942.