Daniels, a regular starter for the expansion Senators of the early 1960s, received
little support, but was 12-11 for the last-place 1961 team. The next year he became
the first pitcher to win a game at D.C. (now RFK) Stadium.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»August 13, 1961: In the first of two with the Senators, Roger Maris belts his 44th homer to tie Mickey Mantle. An inning later, Mantle, hits a Bennie Daniels offering for his 45th, but that's all Daniels allows, winning 12–2. Maris adds his 45th homer in the 1st inning in game two as the Yanks win, 9–4.
»April 9, 1962: President John F. Kennedy throws out the first ball to open the 1962 baseball season at new District of Columbia Stadium. Despite rain, a record Washington crowd of 42,143 shows up to see Bennie Daniels stop Detroit with a 5-hit, 4–1 win in the new park. This is a switch for Daniels, who had lost the last games played at both Ebbets Field, in 1957, and Griffith Stadium, last year.
»September 6, 1963: Baseball historian Lee Allen says the Indians-Senators game is the 100,000th in ML history. Bennie Daniels celebrates by beating the Tribe 7–2.