Washington Nationals/Senators All-Star History: The Second Senators' First All-Star.

Camilo Pascual and Harmon Killebrew should have been Washington Senators' All-Stars in 1961. They were Senators in 1960, but Minnesota Twins' All-Stars in 1961 thanks to Calvin Griffith, the Old Fox Clark Griffith's nephew/son, who moved the original Senators team he'd inherited from the nation's capital to the Land of 1,000 Lakes before the 1961 season. Pascual and outfielder Jim Lemon had represented the original Senators in the 1960 All-Star Games, (they played two games at that point), but only one player from the 1961 (second) Senators' roster would be picked to represent the nation's capital in that season's Mid-Summer Classic.

After Cincinnati Reds fans stuffed the ballot box to elect seven Reds to starting positions in 1957, then-MLB Commisioner Ford Frick took the power to elect All-Star Representatives away from the fans, so in 1961 it was players, coaches and managers selecting the rosters. Elected to represent the Washington Senators was 33-year-old right-hander Richard Edward "Dick" Donovan, a one-time Boston Braves and Detroit Tigers' starter who'd spent the previous six seasons in Chicago pitching for the White Sox before he was selected by the Senators in the 1960 expansion draft which filled out the rosters of the LA Angels and second Senators. 

Donovan, a 6'3'', 205 lb right-hander with a devastating curve who'd pitched in the World Series with the White Sox two seasons earlier, struggled in his first two months with the Senators in 1961, and was (4-8) with a 2.80 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 3.2 K/9 in 13 games, 12 starts and 93.1 IP before the first of two '61 All-Star Games was played on July 11, 1961. 

Earlier that week, Donovan had thrown a complete game 1-0 win over the Orioles, and he allowed just one unearned run to cross in 2.0 innings of All-Star relief work after Yankees' starter Whitey Ford and "Yankee Killer" Frank Lary of the Tigers in the first of the two All-Star Games. Donovan allowed an inherited runner to score on a sac fly by the Pirates' Roberto Clemente in the 4th and let the NL load the bases on three singles (one by the Giants' Willie Mays) before popping up Giants' outfielder Orlando Cepeda to retire the National League in the fifth inning of what ended up a 5-4 NL victory after 10 innings in San Francisco's Candlestick Park.

The second All-Star Game of 1961 was played in Fenway Park in Boston, at the end of a month of July in which Donovan had dominated the competition, going (4-0) with a 0.75 ERA in four starts for the Senators, each a complete game, in which he'd struck out 16 while allowing just one walk in 36.0 IP, but he didn't pitch in the second-half of the All-Star doubleheader, which ended in a 1-1 tie after nine when the sky opened up, resulting in the first and only undecided Mid-Summer Classic before the controversial 2002 edition. 

The second-Senators first All-Star would end his one (and only) season with the (61-100) Washington Senators with the league's lowest ERA (2.40 in 168.2 IP) and the league's highest ERA+ (163), but he'd be traded that October in a 3-for-1 deal that sent him to Cleveland along with outfielder Gene Green and shortstop Jim Mahone for Indians' outfielder Jim Piersall. Donovan would win a career-high 20 games with Cleveland in 1962, earning another All-Star appearance and finishing fifth in MVP voting, but he'll always be the second-Senators' first All-Star.

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