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Members of the Republican baseball team of the House of Representatives parading around the field at American League Park

Republican Congressional Baseball Team Riding an Elephant … Seriously

This is a rather strange photo. It’s of the Republican Congressional baseball team parading around the field at American League Park. The photo was taken on May 3rd, 1926. Don’t forget to watch Ron Paul crank...
Fans outside Griffith Stadium on October 10th, 1924

Ghostly Image of Fans Waiting for 1924 Washington Senators

I love these old crowd shots. You can pick out some fascinating faces and some ghostly ones. This photograph is from October 10th, 1924 and the team just won the World Series, beating the New York...
President Taft at the baseball game in 1912

President Taft at Washington Baseball Games

Here is a nice series of photos of our newest racing president, William Howard Taft.
Walter Johnson in 1939

An Older Walter Johnson Reminisces …

Here is a very different photo of the “Big Train” in April 1939. He is looking at a box of baseballs, autographed by six presidents. These are baseballs that were thrown out as the first pitch...
1921 Baltimore Orioles

The 1921 Baltimore Orioles

For over 30 years, the O’s were our default baseball team. So I think it’s okay if we share this photograph of the 1921 Baltimore Orioles. At the time, they were Class AA in the International...
1908 Washington Senators

The 1908 Washington Ball Team

Here is a great old photograph of the 1908 Washington Senators. They were 67-85 that year 22.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers for the pennant.
Walter & Hazel Johnson in 1924 (Library of Congress)

Walter Johnson Was a Suffragist

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage parade in Washington. Give the historical importance of that, and the fact that today is Opening Day, here’s an apro pos article for us to share...

Opening Day 1913 … Play Ball!

First pitch for 2013 is only a few hours from now … Seriously, I am so pumped for baseball. The sting of our last game has now subsided, and I’m ready to watch our team put...
National Bohemian advertisement from 1955

It’s Not Who Won or Lost the Game…It’s How You Sold the Beer

With DC Beer Festival taking over Nationals’ Park last weekend (March 23-24), it provides a timely reminder of how closely intertwined baseball and beer are with one another. Back in the 1940’s and 1950’s, a New...
Takoma 4 - Petworth 3 - Washington Post on July 23rd, 1900

Takoma Defeats Petworth in Hotly Contested Game

The good old days of Washington amateur baseball. There were hundreds, if not thousands of articles mentioning match-ups between different neighborhoods. This one from July 23rd, 1900 was especially entertaining. I doubt that a rivalry exists...

1909 Walter Johnson Baseball Card

Ghosts of DC is getting pumped for Washington Nationals 2013 baseball! In preparation for this year, here is the patron saint of Washington, D.C. baseball, the Big Train … Walter Johnson.
Bryce Harper Sports Illustrated cover - Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Roy Sievers, Bryce Harper and Sports Illustrated

In 1958, Roy Sievers of the Washington Nationals (i.e., Washington Senators) was one of the best sluggers in the game. The previous year, he knocked out a league-leading 42 dingers and he would follow it up...
five Georgetown baseball players in 1928

Georgetown Hoya Baseball Five

What a great baseball moment, frozen in time. The photo shows five Georgetown baseball players in 1928.
Washington Post sponsored "bulletin board" for the 1912 Boston AL vs. New York NL World Series. (Library of Congress)

Baseball Gameday Circa 1912

GoDCer Ben sent along a great photo of the Washington Post baseball scoreboard circa 1912 (the same year the Titanic sank). It’s remarkable how this low-tech scoreboard resembles our current day ESPN Gameday and MLB.tv.
Washington Nationals in 1924 turn back the clock uniforms

The Pain of an Epic Nats Loss … in 1879

This post is a form of catharsis as I’m still recovering from the emotional trauma of Friday night. Sitting in left field (aka, Nats Town), the image of the Cardinals sprinting to the mound from their...
Jayson Werth (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

10/11/12: Werth It!! Historic Win for D.C. Baseball

I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing some great moments in D.C. baseball history … opening day 2005 at RFK, opening day 2008 at Nats Park with Zimmerman’s walk-off, Strasburg’s 14K debut and Harper’s home debut. Last...
Ted Williams on the cover of Sports Illustrated

D.C.’s Biggest-Ever Baseball ‘Scoop’

It was perhaps the biggest baseball ‘scoop’ in Washington, DC history: Ted Williams to return to baseball in 1969 as manager of the Washington Senators. The story behind the story is even more delicious. Russ White,...
Harmon Killebrew 1956 Topps baseball card

Washington Senators Move to Los Angeles in 1957

We’re a little late on this, but … this day in history (minus 12 days), 56 years ago, the Baltimore Sun reported a rumor that the Washington Senators were moving to the West Coast for the 1957 season....
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