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The 1971 Washington Senators were an embarrassingly bad baseball team. After owner/general manager Bob Short traded the core of his team, pitcher Joe Coleman, third baseman Aurelio Rodriguez and shortstop Eddie Brinkman, to the Detroit Tigers for over-the-hill pitcher Denny McLain and a bunch of guys named Joe, there were more holes in the lineup than players to fill them. IÆve always believed that the idea behind the movie ôMajor League,ö where a cynical owner stripped her team of all talent in hopes of lowering attendance as a justification to move the franchise, was based on Short. He had made noises about facing financial ruin for more than a year, and it was obvious that he wanted out of Washington, D.C. very badly. Remember, he was the owner of the Minneapolis Lakers in 1959 when ...

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