Monthly Archive: April 2014

Apr 28

Out of nowhere guys like Roark are what’s great about baseball

The #Nats sector of the Twitterverse was abuzz Saturday as Tanner Roark stroked the canvas that was the mound at Nationals Park. When he had finished his masterpiece, a complete-game, three-hit shutout of the San Diego Padres, the accolades came quickly and lasted longer than the two hours and 19 minutes it took the 27-year-old …

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Apr 28

Harper’s Major League Debut

April 28, 2012 Washington Nationals left-fielder Bryce “Bam-Bam” Harper went 1-for-3 with one run batted in during his Major League Baseball debut. The 19 year-old Harper, the top pick of the 2010 draft, was called up from the minors two days earlier to replace Ryan Zimmerman, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Harper’s lone …

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Apr 25

Harry Mace and Sunday Baseball

Sunday baseball was the Holy Grail of Washington baseball until the Great War put an end to the prohibition. It was more than just a desire to make money. There was also a real concern that the franchise would relocate to Baltimore where baseball was allowed. Mace first pitched for Greenville in 1889. The following …

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Apr 24

The District’s First Professional Baseball Game

RM Larner, the distinguished sports writers takes pen in hand to reminisce about the first professional base ball game played in Washington, 5 July 1866. The first time the people of Washington were called upon to pay an admission fee to witness a game of baseball in this city was in the summer of 1866. …

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Apr 23

The Harper Issue

Having been on vacation the last several days and “disconnected,” we read the email from our friend Dave with some interest. We had seen the box scores and the video of Bryce Harper being pulled, televisions are everywhere of course. But we missed out on the story threads that have been generated since, especially the …

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Apr 23

Yanks Kidnap Shepard

On 18 March 1945, the Old Fox declared war on the Yankees for kidnapping Bert Shepard. Shepard had been working out in College Park when Colonel Lee MacPhail, who was affiliated with the Yankees, showed up and disappeared with the young lefty. MacPhail then held a news conference in Atlantic City that had the wires …

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Apr 22

Remembering Mickey Vernon on his Birthday

James Barton “Mickey” Vernon who was born on April 22, 1918 in Marcus Hook, PA, made his Major League and Washington Senator debut on July 8, 1939. In his first game Vernon went 1 for 5 at the plate and played first base as the Senators beat the Philadelphia Athletics 6-3. During the rest of …

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Apr 21

Espinosa’s play should win fans’ hearts as well as games

For those who are afraid the Nationals 2014 season will be a sad repeat of 2013, take a good look at last weekend’s four-game split with the St. Lois Cardinals. The knock on the Nats has been that they can rack up cheap wins at the expense of the Marlins and Mets, but come up …

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Apr 20

President Truman Greeted by Boo-Birds

On this day in 1951 the Washington Senators invited Harry S. Truman the 33rd President of the United States of America to throw out the first pitch at the team’s home opener on April 20, 1951. The President who is baseball fan accepts the invitation. The President must have been aware that he may not …

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Apr 16

This Day in Washington Nationals History

Standings At Close of Play of April 16, 2005   NL East   Team Name G W L T PCT GB RS RA Washington Nationals 11 7 4 0 .636 – 50 58 Atlanta Braves 11 6 5 0 .545 1.0 46 45 New York Mets 11 6 5 0 .545 1.0 43 42 Philadelphia …

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