Smallest Crowd Ever at Griffith Stadium for Senators Game

Senators play the Athletics at Griffith Stadium in front of 460 fans - September 8th, 1954 (Washington Post)
Senators play the Athletics at Griffith Stadium in front of 460 fans – September 8th, 1954 (Washington Post)

Tonight’s game against the Phillies will likely have a crowd nearly 100 times larger than the one that witnessed the old Washington team play the other old Philadelphia team (i.e., the team that one day would have Reggie Jackson, Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco).

The Washington Senators and the Philadelphia Athletics were just awful. The Senators would finish the season in 6th place at 66-88 and the A’s were the worst team in either league at 51-103. No wonder only 460 fans came out to see the match-up between the two.

The best part of this is that the Senators came back from a 4-run deficit, tying it up in the bottom of the fifth, and taking the 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eight. Also, A’s right fielder, Elmer Valo, was ejected from the game for throwing his hat in anger when called out on strikes. Different generation, different team … same crappy Philadelphia baseball attitude.

Check out the box score below.

Senators vs. Athletics box score - September 8th, 1954
Senators vs. Athletics box score – September 8th, 1954

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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