Handling the outfielders has also been a touchy problem because no one of them combines both good fielding and crisp hitting. Gene Woodling, for example, began the season in left field but after turning a few fly balls into doubles he was given an easier assignment in right. Marty Keough started out strong in spring training, then slumped when the season opened. He was benched until Center Fielder Willie Tasby declined to play one night because of a lightning storm. By getting several hits that night, Keough was able to get back into the lineup—temporarily.
In left field now is Charlie Hinton, whose lively hitting makes up for his defensive shortcomings. The right-field job, which Woodling held for a time, has been given to Jim King.
There has been experimenting at first base, too. Dale Long began the year there. He didn't last. A big newcomer named Bud Zipfel was brought up from the minors and given the job.
The shifting of the infielders has been almost as effective as it has been constant. Chuck Cottier, obtained in a trade with Detroit, and Bob Johnson, called up from Rochester, have strengthened the infield. Cottier, an exceptional fielder, has taken over at second base, and Johnson has succeeded where others have failed at shortstop. Danny O'Connell is now at third.
Gene Green, an outfielder and reluctant catcher with the Cardinals years ago, is now, at the age of 38, a more enthusiastic pupil of catching under Coach Rollie Hemsley. His strength, though, is at the plate, not behind it.
The enthusiasm of the fans permits them to make allowances for Senatorial lapses. When Center Fielder Tasby recently paused long enough to triangulate the course, of a fly ball, thereby giving the hitter a triple, Willie was not booed; later, when he fanned twice in a row with men on base, the Senator fans showed almost inhuman restraint. Their boisterous displeasure is reserved only for the Minnesota Twins, regarded as deserters now and most satisfactorily defeated six out of seven games at Griffith Stadium.
The one really new personality connected with the new Washington team is the organization president, General Elwood (Pete) Quesada. Known to all connected with the team simply as the general, Pete Quesada grew up near Griffith Stadium (in 1912, at age 8, he helped turn in the fire alarm when the old stadium burned down). Quesada enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1924 and rose to lieutenant general, picking up an impressive war record and the reputation of a hard but fair man.
As the first head of the Federal Aviation Agency, Quesada incurred the displeasure of almost every interested party. "A whited sepulcher," cried one opponent. "I am not bothered by the vociferous pressures of private interests, so long as I am concerned with the public interest," Quesada says to critics in the starchy rhetoric he uses both for formal statements and casual conversation.
Millions for defense, offense
A lifelong unabashed fan, Quesada organized the syndicate that was selected over two other entries to replace Calvin Griffith's team. So far the group is committed to an investment of $4� million; the board of directors reads like a directory of elite Washington, with a large segment of support connected with the influential
, Agnes Meyer and Mrs. Philip Graham both being stockholders, and John Sweeter-man, Post vice-president and Mrs. Graham sitting on the team's board.