World Bank group attends Washington Senators game at RFK (1962)

From the summer 1962 copy of the International Bank Notes (via World Bank Archives pages, PDF), we hear the story of World Bank President Eugene Black (from 1949-1963) arranging World Bank staff to take in Washington Senators baseball. According to the article, this annual event began in 1950 and continued through at least 1962. Early “baseball diplomacy”?

Presuming the dates are correct, this would have been RFK stadium. Looks right to me.

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The Senators greet the World Bank
The Senators greet the World Bank
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World Bank fathers and sons support the Senators
World Bank fathers and sons support the Senators

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Jason originally hails from San Francisco and has spent time living in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Ohio, Belgium and Ghana. He's now living in DC with his wife, having completed his PhD in International Relations at American University.

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  • John Reilly

    The outside photo is Obviously RFK; if the inside photo is from the same year–it says that is is an annual event, it would be too. I don’t know when Griffith came down and RFK went up.

  • John Reilly

    It was June 13, 1962, against the Cleveland Indians.

  • Steve Hamburg

    The photo is from the second game of a doubleheader, which the Nats lost, 4-1. They won the first game 4-2 behind pitchers Claude Osteen and Steve Hamilton. The second game lineups (see scoreboard):

    Cleveland, Dillard, CF, Luplow, LF, Francona, 1B, Kirkland (later a Senator), RF, Romano, C, Phillips, 3B, Kindall, 2B, Mahoney (former Senator), SS, Donovan (former Senator), P.

    Washington, O’Connell, 3B, Cottier, 2B, Hinton, LF, Long, 1B, Hicks, RF, Piersall, CF, Schmidt, C, Hamlin, SS, Stenhouse, P.