Grandson's book sheds light on 1924 Washington Senators

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- It occurred nearly 90 years ago so it's understandable that most D.C. sports fans don't remember the 1924 Washington Senators. Well, one local man is making sure the legacy of the team never fades.

Mark Judge's grandfather was Joe Judge who presided over first base for the last and only D.C. baseball team to win a World Series. While others like Walter Johnson were more acclaimed, have statues outside of Nats Park, Judge was diminutive and quiet yet sports writers of that era recognized his brilliance.

"Shirley Povich loved Joe Judge. He was called 'poetry in motion at first base,'" shared Mark Judge.

Some of his fielding records stood more than 65 years. Grandson mark is recapturing it all in his book "Damn Senators" which chronicles that 1924 team -- everything from the bizarre like the day that a foul ball hit by his grandfather knocked out Babe Ruth.

"My grandfather knocked out Babe Ruth on this play. And, you know, sometimes when i say it out of context people will say 'what, was it a bar fight?'" shared Mark Judge.

The upstart Senators defeated the Giants in the World Series.

"They said pandemonium broke out at the stadium. There were parades. One writer said it sounded like Dante's Inferno," said Mark Judge.

All these years later grandson couldn't be prouder.

"We have roots here. We have sports roots here. They go deep and it's -- it just touches my soul," shared Judge.

Mark Judge wants his book to shed light on the accomplishments of his grandfather and hopes one day it will help earn his grandfather a spot in baseball's Hall of fame.


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