The Inside Pitch: Mark Judge

Rockville, MD, (WUSA9) -- Mark Judge is not about to let the legacy of the 1924 Washington fade.

"I would hear about this stuff in terms of someone being in the house or my grandmother would say you're your grandfather went hunting with Walter Johnson," says Judge.

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, and while other players like Walter Johnson were more acclaimed and have statues outside of Nats Park, Judge was diminutive and quiet. Sportswriters of that era, however, recognized his brilliance.

"Shirley Povich just loved Joe Judge," says Mark. "He called him poetry in motion at first base.

It was a moniker well earned, in fact, some of Joe Judge's fielding records stood for more than 65 years.

Grandson Mark is recapturing it all in a book he wrote called Damn Senators, which chronicles that 1924 team. In it, he recalls everything from the bizarre, like the day a foul ball hit by his grandfather knocked out none other than Babe Ruth.

"My grandfather knocked out Babe Ruth on this play sometimes when I say it out of context people will ask was it in a bar fight?" says Judge laughing.

The book also describes the how the upstart Senators defeated the Giants in the World Series that season. "They said pandemonium broke out in Griffith Stadium, there were parades one writer said it sounded like Dante's Inferno," said Judge.

In other words, it was a thunderous celebration, thanks in part to the quiet gentleman who would later be enshrined into the RFK Hall of Stars with the likes of Elvin Hayes, John Riggins, ND Joe Theismann. All these years later, grandson could not be prouder.

"We have roots here we have sports roots here they go deep and it just touches my soul," says Judge.


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