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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 16

Strasburg’s professional debut

JOE HERMITT, The Patriot-News, 2010

April 16, 2010 Harrisburg, PA Washington Nationals 21 year-old prospect Stephen Strasburg can’t control the rainy weather on the day of his professional debut. At  Metro Bank Park, a record 7,895 crowd withstand multiple rain and lightning delays. For a brief time the power actually went out at the stadium. Strasburg will only throw 2.1 …

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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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Apr 15

This Day in Washington Nationals History

Standings At Close of Play of April 15, 2005 NL East Team Name G W L T PCT GB RS RA Atlanta Braves 10 6 4 0 .600 – 45 43 Washington Nationals 10 6 4 0 .600 – 41 55 New York Mets 10 5 5 0 .500 1.0 39 39 Florida Marlins 10 …

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Apr 14

This Day in Washington Nationals History

Standings At Close of Play of April 14, 2005 NL East Team Name G W L T PCT GB RS RA Washington Nationals 10 6 4 0 .600 – 41 55 Atlanta Braves 9 5 4 0 .556 0.5 34 39 Florida Marlins 9 5 4 0 .556 0.5 44 15 New York Mets 9 …

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Apr 14

Flashing back to happier times after a lost weekend

Vinnie Castilla

The Academy Award-winning film “The Lost Weekend” details an alcoholic’s troubles in giving up his bad habits during an especially rough weekend. Sound familiar, Nationals fans? There will be plenty of time to reflect on the Nats’ lost weekend in Atlanta. The injuries, the errors, the baserunning mistakes and all their other failures in their …

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Apr 14

1926 Washington Senators (Part 5)

Bobby Reeves

Senators scout Joe Engel had on eye on a shortstop at Georgia Tech throughout the spring. So did the Indians and Braves, but Engel was the one who got the collegian’s signature on a contract. Bobby Reeves was a terrific all-around athlete from Chattanooga. At Georgia Tech he starred on the football and baseball, and …

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Apr 11

Sockalexis Comes to Washington

Saturday 5 June 1897. Louis Francis Sockalexis plays his first game in the Nation’s Capitol. Born 24 October 1871 in Maine. Sockalexis attended Holy Cross, then signed with the Cleveland League franchise and made his debut with them. Sockalexis has been a wonder for the Spiders, his only weakness is ground balls and he is …

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