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Joe Judge

1B 1915-34 Senators , Dodgers, Red Sox

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Agile and diminutive, Judge set fielding standards for first basemen with graceful sure-handedness. He played from the dead-ball era to the rabbit-ball era of the 1920s and 1930s and led or tied AL first basemen in fielding six times, still an AL record. He compiled a brilliant lifetime fielding average of .993, an AL record that stood for more than 30 years. At his retirement, he also held AL career first base marks for games, putouts, double plays, and total chances, and his 131 double plays in 1922 set a since-broken AL season record.
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A lefthanded thrower and hitter, his batting average topped .300 in nine full seasons. Judge was a perennial Washington favorite who, in 1924, with Bucky Harris at second base, Ossie Bluege at third base, and MVP Roger Peckinpaugh at shortstop, formed a defensive unit which is thought by many to'8(((be the best ever assembled. Judge was the baseball coach at Georgetown from 1937 to 1958, except for 1945-46, when he helped coach the Senators. (JK)
February 15, 1916: With the emergence of Joe Judge at 1B, the Senators sell Chick Gandil to Cleveland for $7,500.

June 1, 1916: Boston's Babe Ruth tops Walter Johnson, 10, for his 2nd straight shutout, allowing just three hits. The Sox get their only run in the 8th inning when Mike McNally scores from 2B on an infield force out. McNally will set a major-league record this year of playing 87 game without an extra base hit: Luis Gomez will top it by two games in 1975. Both pitchers strike out six, while Ruth adds a hit by pitch on Joe Judge. Ruth strikes out twice against Johnson.

August 9, 1921: The Browns go 19 innings with the Senators before topping Washington 86. Browns' star George Sisler is 6-for-9 in the game, while Brownie Dixie Davis pitches the distance allowing 13 hits. Nats star Joe Judge bangs an American League record-tying three triples in the game.

October 5, 1924: A 2-run home run in the first by Goose Goslin and a solo blast by manager Bucky Harris in the 5th give Tom Zachary (15-9) a 30 lead. The Giants tie it in the 9th, but a double by Roger Peckinpaugh scores Joe Judge with the winning run in the bottom of the 9th.

March 9, 1927: In a practice game in spring training, Joe Judge hits a line drive that hits Walter Johnson in the foot, breaking a small bone in the ankle and sidelining him for over two months. The 38-year-old will never completely recover from the injury.

May 16, 1930: Washington wins a doubleheader from Philadelphia and moves into first place. Bump Hadley wins the opener, 53, and Ad Liska adds a 3-hit 40 shutout in the nitecap, beating George Earnshaw. Joe Judge's 3-run homer in the 8th puts the game away.

May 26, 1930: Washington wins a 107 slugfest with the Yankees as Goose Goslin and Joe Judge of the Senators hit back-to-back home runs twice in the game. It is the 1st time it has been done this century but it will be repeated in five days.

August 3, 1930: At Washington, the Senators divide a pair with Boston, winning 112 and losing 71. Joe Judge manages the Nats with Walter Johnson in mourning, Senator players will act as pall bearers at Mrs. Johnson's funeral tomorrow.

January 27, 1933: Veteran 1B Joe Judge of the Senators is released. He will sign with the Dodgers.