Nicknamed for "Goodbye, Dolly Gray," a popular Spanish-American War ballad, Gray
had a record worse than that of his doormat team. He lost a one-hitter when, after
a two-out error, he walked seven straight on 3-2 counts.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 16, 1909: At Bennett Field, Detroit and Washington play the longest scoreless game in American League history—18 innings. Ed Summers pitches the complete game, holding the Nationals to seven hits, two walks (one intentional), while fanning 10. The Nationals' 30-year-old rookie, Bill "Dolly" Gray, allows only one hit before leaving with an injury after eight innings. He is replaced by Bob Groom. Gray will put another entry in the record books next month when he walks seven straight batters.
»August 28, 1909: In the first of two games at South Side Park, William "Dolly" Gray of Washington enters the record book by walking eight White Sox in the 2nd inning, with seven of the walks in a row (both ML records). The six runs scored are enough for a 6-4 Chicago win, although they manage only one hit against Dolly. Leading off the 2nd, Patsy Dougherty logs the only hit, and when he bats again in the inning, manager Billy Sullivan suggests he go to the plate without a bat. For Dougherty, this is the 3rd of four times he'll have the only hit in a game.
»October 2, 1909:
In the first game of a season-ending doubleheader against Washington, Jim Curry plays second base for the Athletics and goes 1-for-4 against Walter Johnson. At 16 years, six months, and 22 days, Curry is the youngest player in American League history and the youngest major league position player in the 20th century (his birth date is reported as both 1889 and 1893). Walter Johnson's 6-5 loss to Philadelphia seals the last-place finish for Washington with 110 losses-Johnson and Bob Groom suffering 51 of them. Three years later, when Washington rises to 2nd place, Johnson and Groom will combine for 56 wins. Today, Groom and P Dolly Gray play the outfield for the Nationals. The last place finish costs Pongo Joe Cantillon his job. The new manager is Jimmy McAleer.
»May 25, 1983: In a 6–0 loss to the Braves, Pirates Jim Bibby and Jim Winn combine to walk seven consecutive batters in the 3rd inning, tying the major-league record set by the Senators Dolly Gray in 1909.