May 2012 archive

May 15

Bam Bam Harper?

The Question of the day. Did the kid on the left grow up to become the kid on the right?

May 14

Back Home, Nats Hope to Keep Offense Going

For most teams, a .500 road trip is a god thing. But as the Nationals return from a pair of series in which they lost their starting catcher for the season and blew two close games, their fans can’t help thinking of what was lost and what might have been. The loss of Wilson Ramos, …

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May 14

Here a fan there a fan everywhere a fan

The 1878 baseball season opens with a 13 to 1 victory by the National Baseball Club over the visiting Baltimore “Cracks.” About six hundred people paid the entrance fee required, and the house tops, fences and trees in the vicinity are filled with spectators, who greet every good play with loud and impartial applause. The …

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May 08

Nats Move on Without Werth; Zim’s Back; LaRoche a Maybe

After winning an intense showdown with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Nationals will take on yet another new look as they head to Pittsburgh for a three-game series with the Pirates, starting tonight. The three-game set with the Phillies lived up to its billing, as the Nats won a thrilling 11-inning game on Friday, a laugher …

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May 08

Washington baseball fans go after O’Day

On August 20, 1895 the Cleveland Spiders defeat the Washington Senators 8-7. This game features two well known players. Win Mercer in the box and Hank O’Day behind the plate, each at the start of their respective careers. Win Mercer is in his second season. At 21, with 17 wins in his rookie season, he …

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May 08

UMPS CARE Charities Online Auction

UMPS CARE Charities was established by Major League Baseball (MLB) Umpires to provide financial, in-kind and emotional support for America’s youth and families in need. Through our youth-based programs, professional baseball umpires enrich the lives of at-risk youth and children coping with serious illness by providing memorable baseball experiences, supporting pediatric medical care, and raising …

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May 07

Out of the Stadium — Into World Records

With Opening Day just past and still savoring the thrills and excitement of my first day as batboy, I was again taking advantage of the two-day excuse from school that my guidance counselor had granted. Stepping onto the streetcar and dropping my token into the coin box, I was again on my way to Griffith …

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May 06

Buckmania

Buck Freeman’s return to the District in 1898 created a wave of Buckmania. The bleachers were quickly renamed Bucksville and fans were in awe of his long home runs. On 12 October 1899 in a 9-7 loss to New York Buck Freeman hits his 25th and last home run of the season. In doing so …

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May 05

Yes, It’s Our Park!

It seems like all the talk from Philadelphia folks about spoiling the Nationals’ “Our Park” series was just that. From the perspective of the left field stands on Friday night, the campaign was an unqualified success. The announced crowd of 34,377 certainly included fans from both teams, but unlike years past, it was not the …

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May 05

American League players drawn by Vic Johnson – Ted Williams

From the Mickey Vernon Museum, American League Baseball players drawn by Vic Johnson. This caricature of Ted Williams is just one of a series of 19 caricatures of American League baseball players drawn by ViC. Johnson during 1957. This caricature of Ted Williams and the the other 18, is taken from a composite collection of those illustrations …

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