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The Columbus Senators were born in 1888 when they were members of the Tri-State League. The nickname was not used again till 1897, when the Columbus team in the Western League changed its name from the Columbus Buckeyes to the Senators. They finished second their first year, then competed in 1898 and 1899 in the Western; in 1899 the team had to move before the season was completed. That year Rube Waddell pitched for the Senators. Columbus also posted a Senators club in the Inter-State League.

In 1902, the Senators became one of the founding members of the new American Association. In '05, the team built Neil Park, the first concrete-and-steel stadium for baseball, and won the league title in '05, '06 and '07. In '06 and '07, they lost in the Little World Series. They descended quickly and never finished higher than fourth from 1919-30. They reached their low point in 1926 when they set the AA records for losses (125, with just 39 wins) and runs allowed (1,299). In '31, the St. Louis Cardinals took control of the Columbus squad as part of their developing farm system and renamed the team the Columbus Red Birds. The Senators started a trend of Columbus having a team in one of the top minor leagues (now called AAA) every decade of the 20th century (and so far the 21st as well).

Source: "The American Association" by Bill O'Neal


[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1888 64-50 3rd James Curry / Frank Arnold none
1897 89-47 2nd George Tebeau none
1898 73-60 5th Tom Loftus / George Tebeau none
1899 36-35 (63-62 overall) -- Tom Loftus / George Tebeau none Team moved to Grand Rapids July 17
1900 58-78 6th James "Bob" Quinn
1901 55-86 7th Frank Metz / Jimmy Gardner / Ed Zinram none
1903 56-84 6th Frank Leonard / Robert Quinn / Jimmy Bannon none
1904 88-61 2nd Bill Clymer none
1905 100-52 1st Bill Clymer none League Champs
1906 91-57 1st Bill Clymer none League Champs
1907 90-64 1st Bill Clymer none League Champs
1908 86-68 3rd Bill Clymer none
1909 80-87 7th Bill Clymer (71-76) / Bill Friel (9-11) none
1910 88-77 3rd Bill Friel none
1911 87-78 3rd Bill Friel none
1912 98-68 3rd Bill Friel none
1913 93-74 4th Bill Hinchman none
1914 86-77 4th Bill Hinchman none
1915 54-91 8th Rudy Hulswitt none
1916 71-90 7th Rudy Hulswitt / Bob Quinn / William Johns none
1917 84-69 4th Joe Tinker none
1918 41-32 2nd Joe Tinker none League suspended operations July 21
1919 70-84 6th Grover Hartley none
1920 66-99 7th Bill Clymer none
1921 69-96 8th Pants Rowland none
1922 63-102 8th Pants Rowland none
1923 79-89 4th Carlton Molesworth none
1924 75-93 7th Carlton Molesworth none
1925 61-106 8th Carlton Molesworth none
1926 39-125 8th Hank Gowdy / George McQuillan none
1927 60-108 8th Ivey Wingo none
1928 68-100 7th Nemo Leibold none
1929 75-91 6th Nemo Leibold none
1930 67-86 6th Nemo Leibold none

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1905 Columbus Senators

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