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When the Nationals Won the World Series

For those of you who watched the Nationals last night close out a huge win on the road in Houston, we’ve waited a long time for this. Sure, it’s not the Cubs or Red Sox and we’ve “only” had this...

Swampoodle Grounds (near present day Union Station), also known as Capitol Park, was the home of the Washington Nationals baseball team of the National League from 1886 to 1889.

Check Out the Nationals of the 1880s

This fascinating old photograph shows the Washington Nationals playing at Swampoodle Grounds in the 1880s. Click on it for some amazing details. Source: Architect of the Capitol

List of requirements for a municipal baseball stadium lease, including steps for building a stadium, the baseball club's rental obligations, the rights of the ball club, and the rights of the city.

Lease Requirements to Replace Griffith Stadium

The baseball nuts in the crowd are going to find this fascinating. Griffith Stadium off of Florida Ave. NW was where the old Washington Senators used to play baseball, and they were decent in the 1920s, but by the time...

Matt Williams' grandfather, Washington Senators' Bert Griffith

Matt Williams’ Grandfather Was a 1924 Washington Senator

No way. How did we miss this. A great article by Tom Boswell (who is the best) uncovers the fact that our current Washington Nationals manager, Matt Williams, is the grandson of Bert (Buck) Griffith, a member of the only...

Rare Photo of Walter Johnson and Gabby Street

Here is a rare photo that we haven’t yet come across. We found it at the Detroit Public Library, of all places. Make sure you read the story about how Gabby Street was the only person to ever catch a...

Scorecard for 1886 baseball game between Washington Nationals and New York Giants; advertisements printed on borders of card. Printed on card: "Washington, New York." Handwritten on card: "Aug. 18, 1886, Washington, D.C." Penciled notations on scorecard.

1886 Scorecards for the Washington Nationals

What an amazing old baseball find here. This is a scorecard marked up for a game on August 18th, 1886. Also, check out the great advertisements around the scorecard. The Nats, by the way, finished 28-92 that season, good for...

1920 Washington Senators

Washington Senators 1920 Spring Training Photo

This photo shows the Washington Senators team during spring training of 1920. They came in sixth place out of eight that year, finishing 68-84. A short few years later, they would be world champs. Source: Detroit Public Library

Manager Stanley Harris, in the grandstand, presents President Coolidge with the baseball used to open the 1924 World Series (October 4th, 1924)

President and Mrs. Coolidge Go to World Series

The Washington Senators were in the World Series in 1924, and ultimately would come away victorious. What you might not know is that Grace Coolidge (she also spent some time in Columbia Heights) was a huge baseball fan. Her husband,...

LBJ throws out first pitch

President Johnson and Opening Day 1967

We’re way late on this, but better late than never. This is a terrific photo shared with by old GoDC friend Phil. Thanks for sending this along Phil, and so sorry it took a little extra time to post it....

The 1962 Congressional Baseball Game at D.C. (later RFK) Stadium. Phil on the left, Speaker John McCormick is throwing out the first ball and Minority Leader Charlie Halleck is standing to the Speaker’s left. In the background, you can see Senators’ Manager Mickey Vernon

Phil Hochberg, Voice of the Washington Senators

Every once in a while, I get an email from someone who has an amazing attachment to the historic fabric of Washington. Not too long ago, I received one of those emails from Phil Hochberg. Above is the photo he...

1930s Film of Washington Senators Spring Training

Check out this great film footage from 1931 showing the Washington Senators during spring training. We found these at the Moving Image Research Collection at the University of South Carolina. And, here’s another great one of them during 1934 spring...

1925 Washington Senators

Great Film Footage of 1925 World Series

Here’s a cool find from YouTube. The Senators lost the World Series to the Pirates, after having won the year before. Can you tell Ghosts of DC is getting excited for the 2014 baseball season?

American League Park, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia vs. Washington. May 6, 1905

Donovan’s Baseball House: Finest Bar in The Country

Washington is a baseball town. There is no doubt about that. In fact, there is a rich history going back to the 19th century including an Irishman’s bar fully dedicated to the love of the game. We were without a...

Mantle vs. Killebrew Home Run Derby

Now this is a really cool old video that we uncovered on YouTube. It shows a home run derby between Mickey Mantle and Harmon Killebrew. From our Wikipedia research, it looks like this was filmed in 1960, just before the...

Baseball in front of the Capitol Building

We’re ready for some baseball!

Fewer than 50 days until pitchers and catchers report. Here at Ghosts of DC, we’re huge baseball fans, so even though it’s the middle of every sport except for baseball, we needed to get some hardball in our lives. First,...

Girls Baseball Game on the Mall

This is a shot of some ladies playing baseball on the Mall. Yes, baseball … not softball. The photo is dated October 10th, 1919. Source: Library of Congress

Washington Nationals v. Cleveland Indians - 1908

Baseball Today at American League Park (1908)

As our Nationals surge and make one last push for October baseball, it’s only appropriate that we post a baseball-related ad from yesteryear. This was published in the Washington Post on May 28th, 1908. We won the game 8-2, taking...

The Senators greet the World Bank

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...

Richard Nixon at the Washington Senators versus the New York Yankees baseball game on Opening Day. 4/6/69.

Day Nixon Resigned: MLB Snubs D.C. Yet Again

Our city was screwed out of baseball for 34 years by greedy, self-serving owners. We also narrowly missed landing the Padres for the 1974 season. On August 8th, 1974 — the day Nixon resigned — the article below was printed...