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Sep 03

D.C. Baseball History.com more than just a website

The official website name is in fact D.C Baseball Yesterday & Today. Mark Hornbaker created the website five years ago. Before creating his own website he began sharing his stories since April 2007 at Nationals Daily News website.. 

After creating the website over a dozen contributors have shared their stories on the site. After the website was established Mark started linking the website to social media sites.

Facebook

Washington D.C. Baseball – Yesterday & Today Group

# of Members / 2,233

Admin. Mark Hornbaker, AlanFeinberg, and Gary Sarnoff

Washington D.C. Baseball History Group

# of Members / 499

Admin. Mark Hornbaker and Gary Sarnoff

Washington Nationals History (Current Franchise)

# of Members / 78

Admin. Mark Hornbaker and Gary Sarnoff

Frank “Hondo” Howard Group

# of Members / 723

Admi. Mark Hornbaker and Richard Christiansen

Twitter

# of Followers / 355

The Facebook groups allow thousands of people share their stories and memories of D.C. Baseball.

Mark, didn’t stop there.. Mark acted on Art Audley’s request of holding a get together of the Facebook group members. In February of 2013, Mark held the first D.C. Baseball History Meeting. Fifty people attended the meeting.

Date and Time: Saturday, Feb 16th from 12:00 to 3:00pm.
Meeting Host: Mark Hornbaker
Guest Speaker: James Hartley
Location: Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle
www.flanagansharpandfiddle.com/
Address: 4844 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle restaurant is located 4/10 of a mile from the Bethesda Metro.

Agenda

12:00 – 12:45: Introductions plus share your favorite piece of Senators memorabilia to share with the group.
12:45 – 1:15: Our guest speaker James Hartley will share his knowledge of D.C. Baseball History with the group.
1:15 – 1:30 Jim Vankoski will be discussing Mickey Vernon and the Mickey Vernon Museum.
1:30 – 1:45 George Case III will be discussing his father George Case II who played for the Washington Senators from 1937 to 1945, and 1947.
1:30 – 2:15: Questions and Answers session.
2:15 – 3:00: Book signing plus other merchandise for sell.

Jim Hartley will be signing and selling his three books, Baseball At RFK Stadium, Baseball is Back: The Washington Nationals Inaugural Season and Washington’s Expansion Senators (1961-1971).
George Case and Jim Vankoski will have some copies of their DVD’s Ballfield to Battlefield and Back, From FDR to JFK.
Stephen Walker will be signing and selling his book, “A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators”.
Karen and Kevin Flynn will be signing and selling their book, Diary of a Baseball Fan.
J. Thomas Hetrick will be signing and selling his books, “Chris Von der Ahe and the St. Louis Browns” and “MISFITS! Baseball’s Worst Ever Team”
Gary Sarnoff will be signing and selling his book, The Wrecking Crew of ’33; The Washington Senators’ Last Pennant.

The next year Mark moved the meeting to a larger venue at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bethesda, MD.

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Guest Speaker: Hank Thomas – author of “Walter Johnson: Baseball’s Big Train” and owner of Phenom Sports
Location: Hilton Garden Inn DC/Bethesda – 7301 Waverly Street, Bethesda, MD 20814
Website: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com
Your Host: Mark Hornbaker , owner of www.dcbaseballhistory.com
Please join us for our second annual D.C. Baseball History Meeting. Last year we filled the 50 seats and this year we will be in a room that holds 80. NOTE: This is a free event and the room accommodates 80 people. Please e-mail Mark Hornbaker at: mhornbaker@comcast.net to reserve your seat. The first 80 people who send Mark an e-mail will be admitted.
Agenda
1:00-2:00 – Pre-made Sandwich Buffet including pre-made deli sandwiches (Ham, Turkey, Roast Beef), mustard, mayonnaise and horseradish, dill pickles, tomatoes and lettuce. Individual bags of chips, assorted whole, fresh fruit, assorted soft drinks and bottled water.
2:00-3:00 – Hank Thomas will speak about his grandfather, Walter Johnson.
3:00-3:30 – Gary Sarnoff will speak on the the 1933 Senators.
3:30-4:00 – Steve Walker will speak on the 1969 Senators.
4:00-4:10 – James Hartley will present Dick Heller, long time sports columnist for the Washington Star, and the Washington Times, with an award that recognizes Dick’s coverage of sports for more than 50 years. The senior sportswriter in Washington, D.C., Dick Heller is best known for his career as columnist and editor for the Washington Star and the Washington Times. His columns on current sports topics and his popular “The Way It Was” series of sports nostalgia can be found at: http://dickheller.wordpress.com/.
4:15-5:00 – Book signings plus other merchandise for sale.
George Case and Jim Vankoski will have copies of the DVD “Ballfield to Battlefield and Back, From FDR to JFK.”
Stephen Walker will be signing and selling his book: “A Whole New Ballgame:The 1969 Washington Senators.”
Karen and Kevin Flynn will be signing and selling their books: A Baseball Diary, Baseball Memories, Tales and Anecdotes, Rise of the Olympics 1869.
J. Thomas Hetrick will be signing and selling his books: “Chris Von der Ahe and the St. Louis Browns,” and “MISFITS! Baseball’s Worst Ever Team.”
Gary Sarnoff will be signing and selling his book, “The Wrecking Crew of ‘33: The Washington Senators’ Last Pennant.”
Hank Thomas will be signing his book: “Walter Johnson: Baseball’s Big Train.”
Jim Hartley will be signing and selling his three books: “Baseball at RFK Stadium,” “Baseball Is Back,” and “Washington’s Expansion Senators.”
Paul Nichols will be selling painted baseballs and 11×14 caricatures of Frank Howard.

The 3rd Meeting details.

3rd Annual D.C. Baseball History Winter Meeting
D.C Baseball History and The Washington Baseball Historical Society
Present: The 3rd Annual Winter Meeting
Saturday, March 28, 2015
1:00 P.M – 5:00 P.M.
Hilton Garden Inn
7301 Waverly Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-654-8111
Agenda:
1:00 – 1:30 – Meet and Greet – featuring the Popular pre-made sandwich buffet, which includes
ham, turkey and roast beef sandwiches, condiments (Mustard, Mayo, horseradish) dill pickles, lettuce
tomato, individual bag of chips, assorted fresh fruit and assorted soft drinks.
At 1:00PM – I will be playing a recording of Senators “On Deck” pre-game show with Johnny Holliday. Before the final game at RFK stadium, a young Johnny Holliday talks to most of the Senators’ players to see how they feel about leaving Washington.
1:30 – 1:45 -Mark Hornbaker introduces guest speakers.
1:45 – 2:00 – Hank Thomas remembers Frank Ceresi
2:00 – 2:30 – Tom Holster, the founder of the Washington Baseball Historical Society and Nats News and Jim HartNats Newsley the current director of the WBHS and the editor of the Nats News.
2:30 – 3:00 – Peter Cottrell, has been entering games for Retrosheet, which are then made available to the public in their semi-annual updates. Peter, has been doing Yankee games from 1940, using copies of sportswriter Sid Mercer’s scorebooks, donated by his widow to the Hall of Fame, which Dave Smith has scanned and provided to him. Peter will be talking about the 22-game Senators-Yankees season series, Peter will talk about the players, the interesting details of the individual games, as well as letting people know more about Retrosheet.
3:00 – 3:30 – David Hubler will speak about his book “The Nats and the Grays, How Baseball in the Nation’s Capital Survived WWII and Change the Game Forever.”
3:30 – 4:00 – Martin Niland will cover the Nats first 10 years in Washington
4:00 – 5:00 – Book signings, memorabilia for sale

The 4th Meeting details.

4th Annual D.C. Baseball History Meeting
D.C Baseball History and The Washington Baseball Historical Society
Present: The 4th Annual Winter Meeting
Saturday, February 27, 2016
1:00 P.M – 5:00 P.M.
Hilton Garden Inn
7301 Waverly Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-654-8111
The afternoon event is free to attend.
Agenda:

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1:00 – 1:30 – Meet and Greet – featuring the Popular pre-made sandwich buffet, which includes
ham, turkey and roast beef sandwiches, condiments (Mustard, Mayo, horseradish) dill pickles, lettuce
tomato, individual bag of chips, assorted fresh fruit and assorted soft drinks.
1:30 – 2:15 – Mike Wallace, Co-host of MASN’s Nats.
2:15 – 3:00 – Russ White, long time Washington sports reporter
3:00 – 4:00 – Jim French, catcher for the Washington Senators (1965 – 1971)
4:00 – 5:00 – Book signings, memorabilia for sale
To reserve a seat for the meeting please send Mark Hornbaker a e-mail to mhornbaker@comcast.net
D.C Baseball History and The Washington Baseball Historical Society will also be hosting a dinner after the 4th Annual D.C. Baseball Meeting on February 27, 2016.
The dinner will also take place at the Hilton Garden Inn
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Russ White
*Join Russ White and Jim French for dinner after the meeting.
Dinner will be served in the Montgomery Room at 6:00PM.
*The first 30 people to RSVP will get a seat for the dinner.
Dinner will costs $50 per person. The room only hold 30 people.
RSVP by sending Mark Hornbaker a check no later than February 1, 2016.
17204 Hoskinson Rd
Poolesville, MD 20837
DINNER BUFFET includes the following:
Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream
Salmon with White Wine Cream Sauce
Fresh Garden Saladpresident-richard-nixon-greets-washington-senators-catcher-jim-french-after-their-win-over-brewers
Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Salad
Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
Grilled Asparagus
Honey Glazed Baby Carrots
Chef Selection of Cakes and Pies
Nonalcoholic beverages are included in the buffet.

 

The 5th Meeting details.

Present The 5th Annual Winter Meeting
Saturday, February 25, 2017
12:00 P.M – 5:30 P.M.
Hilton Garden Inn
7301 Waverly Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814.
The afternoon event is free to attend.

Agenda:

12:00PM to 12:30pm / Meet and Greet – featuring the Popular pre-made sandwich buffet, which includesham, turkey and roast beef sandwiches, condiments (Mustard, Mayo, horseradish) dill pickles, lettuce tomato, individual bag of chips, assorted fresh fruit and assorted soft drinks.

12:30 to 12:45/ Co hosts, Gary Sarnoff and Barbara Doran welcome the guests.
12:45 to 1:30 / Tom Brown, former first baseman and outfielder of the Washington Senators and starting safety for the Lombardi Packers.
1:30 to 2:00 / Mike Wallace, Co-host of MASN’s Nats Talk.
2:15 to 2:30 / Quick Break
2:30 to 3:00 / Bill Turner, was a bat boy for the Washington Senators in 1957and 1958.
3:00 to 3:30 / Ed Baruch, was the scoreboard boy at Griffith stadium during the ’56 season.
3:30 to 4:00 / Jack Smiles, author of the book, Bucky Harris: a biography of baseball’s Boy Wonder.
4:00 to 4:30 / Paul Scimonelli, author of Roy Sievers.
4:30 to 5:30 / Book signings, memorabilia for sale.

Here is what we have so far for the 6th Meeting.

Jim French told me that he won’t know until January if he can join us at the 6th Annual D.C. Baseball History Meeting on February 24, 2018. He did tell me he really would like to attend. I have to tell you that we already have one heck of nice line up of speakers.
Mike Wallace / MASN’s Nats Talk, Mike also pitched for four teams in the 70’shttp://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/wallami01.shtml
Jimmy O. Williams / Long time professional ball player that grew up in D.C. playing baseball. He currently coaches baseball for the PGCC baseball team and the D.C. Grays.http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi…
Brant Alyea / Played for the Senators 1965-1968, 1969.http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/alyeabr01.shtml
George Case III / Will share his wonderful stories about his father who played for the Senators in late 1930’s and 40’s. George, will have many other wonderful stories. George was one of my guest speakers at the 1st D.C. Baseball History Meeting.
Ted Leavengood / Will be talking about a book written by Dick Bosman and Ted Leavengood. The book will published in 2018.
Edward Johnson / Will talk about Cecil Travis.

 

 Annual DC Baseball History Meeting. List of past speakers and hosts.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10154603942134816&type=3

The Annual D.C. Baseball History Meeting: A wish that became a reality

I remember a chilly spring afternoon about twenty-two years ago, when I stepped into one of the many souvenir stores in Wrigleyville, Chicago’s nostalgic neighborhood intimately linked to Wrigley Field and baseball, while wearing my letterman-style jacket that sported a big curly W on the chest and the word “Senators” sewed on the back. Most Chicagoans had little to say about the jacket I enjoyed wearing to honor the memories of my favorite American League team, or might only mention that Frank Howard played for Washington. But on this day, someone approved the minute I entered the store. He identified himself as a former Washingtonian who currently lived in Memphis, but had experienced the honor of growing up a Senators fan — and attending the last Senators’ home opener on April 4, 1971, when the Nats snapped a fourteen-game losing streak dating back to the season before by defeating the seemingly unbeatable Vida Blue and the Oakland Athletics.

At last! Someone I could rap with who felt the same as I did about the good old days of Washington baseball. Finally, someone who knew a more than that Frank Howard played for the Senators, and someone who didn’t mistakenly identify the Washington Senators as the fall-guy team that played victim to the Harlem Globetrotters.

After about a thirty-minute conversation about the days of yore of Washington baseball, I walked away with a smile. You bet I enjoyed the moment, and as I went on my way, I thought about how nice it would be to be a part of a group of baseball history buffs who appreciated those long ago days and might want to get together to talk about

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the Washington Senators. Little did I know that one day my wish would be granted in the form of the D.C. Baseball History Annual Meeting.

On Saturday, February 27, 2016, at the Hilton Garden Hotel in Bethesda, I attended the fourth D.C. Baseball History Annual Meeting. I had the pleasure of being a hotel ballroom with over one hundred Washington baseball fans who, like myself, were craving to reminisce about the heyday of the Washington Senators. And to add to the nostalgia fest, we received the honor of having three guest speakers, in the persons of former Senators catcher Jim French, former Washington sportswriter Russ White, and a former major league player who grew up in Northern Virginia, Mike Wallace. Also present were the usual attendees: Mark Hornbaker the founder of the website D.C. Baseball History, and the man who founded this fine organization; Jim Hartley, head of the Washington Historical Society and editor of Nats News; George Case III, son of former Washington All-Star outfielder George Case; Hank Thomas, Walter Johnson’s grandson and author of the book, Walter Johnson: Baseball’s Big Train.

The D.C. History Annual Meeting members are a baseball-savvy group of Senators fans who help keep the spirit and remembrance of an important part of Washington sports history alive. They talk about those good old days of Washington Senators baseball, from watching Frank Howard in action to following the games in the new spapers to collecting baseball cards, serves as a reminder of childhood, brings back fond memories and recaptures the magic of our childhood. It takes us back to the time of innocence from our childhoods and gives us a heartwarming feeling of comfort. The D.C. Baseball History Annual Meeting gives us all those good memories that we always cherish and hold on forever.

Thank you to everyone who attends the D.C. Baseball History Annual Meeting. Thankyou for making that desire I had on that chilly Chicago day twenty-two years ago a reality.

 

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Gary Sarnoff, Jim French, Russ White, Fred Valentine

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Russ White, Ernie Kyger, Fred Valentine, and Jim French

  • John Swol

    Pretty cool Mark, great job!