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09/25/08 1:49 AM ET

Ex-Senators stalwart Vernon passes

First baseman won batting titles with Washington in 1946, '53

WASHINGTON -- Mickey Vernon, one of the greatest first basemen in Washington Senators history, passed away Wednesday after suffering a stroke last week. He was 90 years old.

Vernon, a left-handed hitter, won two batting titles with Washington in 1946 and '53. He also had a .286 career batting average with 172 home runs and 1,311 RBIs while playing for the Senators, Indians, Red Sox, Braves and Pirates.

After hearing the news of Vernon's passing, the Nationals paid tribute to him in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game against the Marlins with Frank Sinatra's "My Way" playing in the background.

After retiring following nine games with the Pirates in 1960, Vernon spent two-plus seasons at the helm of the Senators from 1961-63, compiling a 135-227 record managing the expansion club.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.