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Jul 02

George Wagner vs. John H Roche

It is the summer of 1893; the nation is in the grip of an economic depression. The status of the game in Washington is not well either. The National League’s second entry in Washington is in serious trouble. The Wagners have done poorly and in an attempt to generate more revenue they transfer games away …

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Jul 01

Almost Perfect – Big Train’s No Hitter

Washington’s Walter Johnson almost pitched perfect game during his July 1, 1920 no-hit game against the Boston Red Sox. I was amazed to find out that the Big Train missed pitching a perfect game by one error. The Big Train pitched a perfect game through six innings. In the bottom of the seventh inning Boston’s …

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Jun 27

1926 Washington Senators (Part 7)

Ty Cobb and his Tigers returned to Washington for their third and final series at Griffith Stadium in 1926. Cobb behaved himself – on the field. Before the first game he delivered a letter to the Washington Senators office, addressed to Griffith. The letter was clearly intended to get Griffith’s goat: “Dear Sir: “On our …

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Jun 26

1926 Washington Senators (Part 6)

The two-time defending American League champs continued to play mediocre baseball at the beginning of the season’s second half. Manager Harris assured the sportswriters that the pennant race was far from over and the Nationals still had a solid chance. But after the fifth place Senators lost to Cleveland on July 19th, they fell ten …

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Jun 26

Dick Heller Appreciation

On March 20, 2014, the Washington area lost one of its finest journalists when Dick Heller passed away due to complications from lung cancer. Dick started his career in journalism at the Alexandria Gazette, moved over to the Washington Evening Star, the Miami Herald and finally to the Washington Times. During the 33 years that …

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Jun 23

Solstice brings potential defining moment for Nationals

The Summer Solstice is a day of celebration in many cultures, and now Nationals fans might want to adopt it as a holiday of their own after a magical and momentous series against the Atlanta Braves. Those who paid close enough attention Saturday evening might have actually noticed the Earth tilting and the momentum shifting …

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Jun 12

Departmental League of 1894

The Department League flourished in Washington. The league was a counterpart to the industrial leagues in other cities. The completion was said to be first rate and fans might recognize some of the names listed below. In late September 1894, The Washington Star comments on the successful 1894 Departmental Base Ball League season. “The Departmental …

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Jun 06

6 June 1944 D-Day

The 100th anniversary of the D-Day invasion is now but 30 years in the future. On that date a time capsule will be opened at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. The sacrifice of those who participated is remembered today. The Allied invasion force, from the Navy, Army and Air Force, comprises nearly 400,000 …

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Jun 04

Nationals fall to Detroit 4 June 1886

A 3-2 loss to the Wolverines in eleven innings. Detroit is able to outlast Washington in a well played contest. The highlights are the three great catches by Ned Hanlon. Charlie “Pretzels” Getzien the win, his second in the series, Dupee Shaw gets the loss. Umpire York. Line-up, Hines-Cf, Carroll-Lf, Start-1b, Baker-Rf, Knowles-2b, Gilligan-C, Force-SS, …

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May 29

’05 Nats win 27 of 34 games

The Washington Nationals, the newest baseball franchise in D.C. ended a five game losing streak by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 3 to 2. This one run victory would be the beginning of a five and a half week span that was one of the most enjoyable times in D.C. baseball history. The Nationals will …

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