baseball

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...
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...
Dave Freisleben modeling the Washington uniform

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...
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.
Walter Johnson in 1907

19-Year-Old Phenom Debuts For Washington: Walter Johnson

Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg and now Bryce Harper. We have had some serious players groomed in the Nationals organization over the last several years. I love these guys, but none of them compare to the granddaddy...
Chevy Chase Circle (Wikipedia)

Chevy Chase Circle History

We haven’t done a “Three Things…” post in a while, so let’s go to the far reaches of the District, up to the Maryland line, and talk about some things you didn’t know happened there long...

Babe Ruth Runs Into Wall; Knocked Unconscious

I can guarantee you will never see a player do this today. Babe Ruth was knocked unconscious for five whole minutes and stayed in the game, going 3 for 3 ... AND played the second game...
Lou Gehrig, Joe Cronin, Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Charlie Gehringer, Jimmie Foxx, and Hank Greenberg - July 7th, 1937 (Library of Congress)

We Want Beer! The 1937 All-Star Game at Griffith Stadium

This … picture … is … awesome. This is why I love baseball. I could almost end the post with just this picture because it’s just that amazing. The 1937 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was...
1913 Washington Senators

A Tribute to Baseball and the Washington Senators

I love baseball — my first post ever was baseball-related — and baseball is back! Opening Day has passed (go Nats!) and the home opener is just around the corner. There is not better way to...
The Washington Monument

Three Things That Happened at the Washington Monument

The next “Three Things…” post will be about one of the most iconic monument in our city: The Washington Monument. Since the cornerstone was laid on July 4th, 1848 (check out a photo of it under...
Ron Paul in Astros uniform (1983)

Ron Paul Crushes a Double in Congressional Baseball

This is awesome and appears to be the latest minor D.C. Internet meme. Well, I love baseball and I love D.C., so I want to share this with those of you who haven’t seen it yet...
Lou Gehrig in 1939 (NY Daily News)

In Hotel Lobbies: Lou Gehrig Celebrates the New Year in Washington

The Iron Horse himself, Lou Gehrig, was in our city to celebrate the start of a new year in 1929. He was staying at the old Hotel Occidental on Pennsylvania Ave. Lou was quoted in the...
1924 World Series program

When Did the Washington Senators Win the World Series?

The eternally woeful Washington Senators were headed to the World Series in October of 1924 to face the New York Giants. Actually, during the 1920s, they were not that woeful. In fact, they were one of...
Babe Ruth signs up for the New York National Guard

Babe Ruth Enlists in the National Guard

The most popular man in America, George Herman “Babe” Ruth, arrived with the New York Yankees in May of 1924 to play two games against the Washington Senators. Several days earlier, he had enlisted with the...
Half-length portrait of Charles Moran, baseball player for the American League Washington Senators, standing at South Side Park which was located at West 37th Street, South Princeton Avenue, West Pershing Road (formerly West 39th Street), and South Wentworth Avenue in the Armour Square community area of Chicago, Illinois.

Washington Senators Secure Moran of Georgetown

The front page of the Washington Times reported a big local signing in December of 1902 for the Washington Senators. They had inked the Georgetown shortstop, Charley Moran, to a contract
Nick Altrock

Nick Altrock: A Columbia Heights Major Leaguer

I love D.C. and I am also obsessed with baseball…so fittingly, my first post will merge the two. I was poking around Flickr, looking at photos from the Library of Congress and I came across this...
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