Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 31

Our most popular stories in 2012 #20 to #11

#20 – This Day in D.C. Baseball History – Expansion Senators Debut  by Mark Hornbaker President Kennedy throws out first ball at the opening day of the 1961 baseball season, Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library On April 10, 1961- Before the Washington Senators and the Chicago White Sox opening day  game …

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Dec 30

Our most popular stories in 2012

#30 – The Legacy of Griffith Stadium by George Case III I would like to discuss the “Legacy of Griffith Stadium” and some of those wonderful memories of a time in the not so distant past – unfortunately memories are just about all that is left for those who remember major league baseball in Washington …

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Dec 29

Our most popular stories in 2012

#40 – Looking Back on Jackie Robinson Day – Washington Senators were Behind the Times by Mark Hornbaker The Washington Senators failure to change with the time when it came to signing black ball players probably was one of the reasons the Senators stayed in the bottom tier of the American League. On September 6, …

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Dec 28

Our most popular stories in 2012

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#50 – Mickey’s Horsehide by Jim Vankoski In 1957, while in Spring training with the Boston Red Sox, Mickey Vernon met a sporting goods salesman, who sold horsehide products for baseballs, gloves and similar items. Mickey told me that the same salesman, in 1957, mailed him a sample of the horsehide, which measured 25” x …

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Dec 13

Trouble at Home

It is the tenth of July in the hot summer of 1879. Washington is home, hosting the nine from Holyoke. Both teams play in the National Association. The Nationals boys seem to have recovered their batting qualities, and the way they pounded Mickey Welch shows that they are capable of handling any pitcher if they …

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Dec 11

Great Christmas Gift – Ballfield to Battlefield and Back, From FDR to JFK

Ballfield to Battlefield and Back, From FDR to JFK Released in 2009, our DVD “Stars Of Baseball, 1945-1953” features some of the top players of the era including George Case of the Washington Senators.    Case, a six-time American League base stealing champ, himself took home movies of other major leaguers during his playing days – …

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Dec 11

D.C. Baseball Bets Online

If you love to keep up to date with D.C. Baseball, as well as learning about the team’s history, then you might well enjoy placing bets on your favorite teams and players. These days, more and more baseball fans are choosing to place their bets online. Here’s a quick look at why online baseball betting …

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Dec 10

The Last Baseball Game

No More Baseball Baseball fans in the fall of 1918 would have been familiar with that remark. As the Griffmen prepare to play the Mackmen in a season ending doubleheader the subject was not “wait till next year,” but would the game itself survive. Unlike World War 2, after the 1918 season there would be …

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Dec 05

Nats boost rotation with Haren; Next moves hinge on LaRoche

For those who were looking for Nationals GM Mike Rizzo to make a blockbuster trade involving Mike Morse or sign a big money free agent, the annual baseball winter meetings must have been a disappointment. But for fans expecting Rizzo to continue his practice of finding talent at bargain prices, they were satisfying enough. Rizzo …

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Dec 05

Orioles Nats Post Season 1885 Part 2

Billie Barnie’s Revenge! The final game of the 1885 postseason series between Baltimore and Washington was played on 15 October. Once again the nationals won, this time by a score of 6 to 2. The game was held in Washington. Before a very good assemblage of spectators the National defeated the Baltimore’s with ease. To …

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