Washington, DC history

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Tribute to Abner Doubleday at Arlington Cemetery. Left to right: Clark Griffith, President of the Washington Club, Joe McCarthy, Manager of the N.Y. Yankees and Manager Bucky Harris, Manager of the Washington Senators - April 17th, 1939 (Library of Congress)

Tribute to Abner Doubleday at Arlington Cemetery

Yes, it is true that Abner Doubleday’s true role in the birth of baseball is highly disputed, but that didn’t matter during the 1939 baseball season. The New York Yankees were in town to play our...

Senator Henry F. Ashurst between 1910-1915 (Library of Congress)

Neophyte Arizona Senator Calls For Acquisition of Mexican Territory

This has less to do with the history of our city, but everything to do with the (almost) history of our nation. Arizona had been admitted to the union only a few years earlier in 1912...

Anacostia High School Indians baseball team in 1939 (Library of Congress)

Anacostia High School Baseball Team (1939)

Anacostia High School was a brand new school, having opened in 1937. Their second full season of baseball would be the 1939 season and the photo above is the 12-man roster and their coach, Roland Lund....

RFK Stadium

Baseball is Back at RFK Stadium in 1987

Early GoDC reader and now occasional contributor, Jason, wrote a great post about the sad decline of the last local franchise to hold the Senators name. The city flirted with bringing a team back, including the...

Senator John Stennis Mugged and Shot in Front of Cleveland Park Home

That’s right, the Senator from Mississippi and chairman of the Armed Services Committee was shot both in the chest and the leg, after he was mugged in front of his North Cleveland Park house (3609 Cumberland...

Wreck at Massachusetts Ave. and 21st St. in 1917 (Shorpy)

Car Flattened Near Dupont – Another Look

I came across another angle for the nasty wreck at Mass Ave and 21st St. NW. I posted about this a few months ago with a look at the corner today from Google Street View. Look...

Casino Royal Adult Theatre advertisement in the Washington Post - December 15th, 1977

Sleezy 14th Street Porno District

If you lived in or visited Washington in the 1970s or 80s you probably remember how nasty this city was. I remember my father taking me to the 1988 Washington Auto Show at the old convention...

San Diego Padres Move to Washington for 1974 Season

Wait, what did you say? The Washington Padres? Yes, that’s right. This deal was pretty much signed, sealed and delivered when the Washington Post reported it on May 28th, 1973 in an article titled “Baseball’s Back!...

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

Smallest Crowd Ever at Griffith Stadium for Senators Game

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...

1940 U.S. Census

1940 Census: D.C. Was Bigger Than Today, Housed A “Hobo Jungle Camp”

This is a guest post by Aaron. Newspapers called it a “New Deal Boom.”  The Great Depression was coming to an end.  The District’s peacetime population exploded as government grew and workers – men and women...

Here is Your Xmas Present, Father, a Box of Drumstick Stogies

What a great ad. This was from December 21st, 1911 in the Washington Times. Also, it looks like the dog is super psyched that dad received stogies for Christmas. Everything about this advertisement is awesome. Related...

Riots of ’68: “We Have to Finish What He Worked So Hard For”

I came across an interesting video from 1968 while checking out this YouTube channel. The quote that is the most powerful is when a teacher is reading something written by one of her fifth graders. His...

Washington fans express their outrage at Bob Short moving team to Texas in 1971

Washington Senators Move to Texas

Bob Short, owner of the Washington Senators moved the team to Arlington, Texas following the 1971 MLB season. Baseball wouldn't return to D.C. until 2005.

Dr. Clark Johnson’s Indian Blood Syrup: The Best Remedy Known to Man!

I’m sorry. What the hell are you selling? Indian Blood Syrup? Wow, this appears to cure everything. Dr. Clark Johnson was a complete charlatan and that doesn’t even do him justice. He was a phony and...

President Johnson signs the 1968 Civil Rights Act - April 11th, 1968

President Lyndon Johnson’s Remarks on the 1968 Riots Before Signing the Civil Rights Act

This is a clip from President Johnson’s speech before signing the bill into law. This was only a week after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis. We all know that the roots of...

ROCKVILLE! The Sunday Herald advertisement

Rockville! The Washington Monument Is Plainly Visible From Its Highest Points

Check this out … a great old advertisement from 1890 in The Sunday Herald. See the Washington Monument from Rockville? Wow. Related articles Move to Cathedral Highlands: An Unobstructed View of the Entire Surrounding Country (ghostsofdc.org) Love...

Harry Truman

Dramatic Attempt to Assassinate President Truman in Blair House

You may not know this, but there was a very public assassination attempt on a President very near the White House and it wasn’t that long ago. President Harry Truman was in the middle of his...

Robinson and Company: Headquarters for the Best Things Suburban

Here is an excellent old advertisement from the Washington Times real estate section. This is way back in 1906. Click on the ad to read it close up. Related articles Congress Heights: The Healthiest and Most...