Washington Nationals

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...
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,...
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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
Firemen putting out the Boundary Field fire

Nationals Ballpark Destroyed by Fire Three Weeks Before Opening Day

GoDCer Rych sent in a couple great photos which piqued our interest in the fire that destroyed our old ballpark. No, not Griffith Stadium (where was the stadium and what did it look like like?), but the...
Washington Nationals 1912

Oh, You Nationals! Keep It Up, Boys!

What a fun old print from The Washington Times printed on June 18th, 1912.
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...
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...
Clark Griffith in 1912

Amazing Checkered Coat on Senators’ Skipper Clark Griffith

Thanks to GoDCer Ben for sending in this great photo of Clark Griffith in 1912. Look at the ridiculously awesome checkered coat he’s wearing. Source: uni-watch.com
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...
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.

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...

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.
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