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May 26

The 2015 Firpo Marberry Award Nominee

Marberry

Perhaps the greatest relief pitcher that the old Washington Nationals ever sent out to rescue the game was Firpo Marberry. Forty-five years before the “Save” became part of baseball nomenclature, Firpo was saving some of the most important games in DC Baseball history. In 1924, Marbery recorded 15 Saves in a season in which he …

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May 15

Day Three of Howard’s Home Run Streak

During a six game stretch from May 12, 1968 to May 18, 1968 the 6’7″ tall and 270lbs, Frank Howard punished the opposing pitchers by hitting a Major League-record 10 home runs in a span of 20 at bats. Frank Howard takes Jose Santiago deep in the top of the first inning. Howard’s two run …

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May 14

Day Two of Howard’s Home Run Streak

Hondo

During a six game stretch from May 12, 1968 to May 18, 1968 the 6’7″ tall and 270lbs, Frank Howard punished the opposing pitchers by hitting a Major League-record 10 home runs in a span of 20 at bats.   Frank Howard didn’t waste anytime as he unloaded a two run home run in the …

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May 12

Ryan Zimmerman’s Hit Streak reaches Thirty

May 12, 2009 At AT&T Park 24 year-old Ryan Zimmerman extended his hit streak to 30 games as the Nationals loss to the San Francisco Giants 9-7. Zimmerman extended the streak in the top of the first inning when he hit a single to center field. By extending the hit streak to 30 games Zimmerman …

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May 12

Nats pull off Triple Steal

May 12, 1927 — In the third inning of an eventual loss to the White Sox at Comiskey Park, Washington’s Tris Speaker, Sam West and Joe Judge pulled off one of baseball’s rarities — a triple steal. Speaker, taking advantage of Chicago right-hander Ted Blankenship‘s deliberate windup, broke from third base and easily beat Blankenship’s toss to the …

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May 07

Bryce and Frank

1924-Harper at Bat

Frank Howard was Washington, DC’s most prodigious home run hitter, leading the American League in long balls in both 1968 and 1970, but his best year was 1969 when he hit 48, though he finished second to Harmon Killibrew that season who hit 49 to lead the Majors. When Bryce Harper hit three home runs …

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Apr 30

1897 Violence on the Field

1897 saw an increase in rowydism. None suffered more than the umpires. While the 1897 Mercer Ladies day riot has gotten some press there was one incident in Cincinnati that gets little mention. Cincinnati, Aug. 4. On account of threatening weather only two thousand persons witnessed today’s double header. In the first game Billy Rhines …

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Apr 30

Arrested for keeping a Foul Ball

American League Park 1901

         On April 30, 1901, Charles Clarke, a resident of 740 “H” Street in Northeast Washington was arrested after picking up a foul ball that flew over the grandstand at American League Park and onto Trinidad Avenue. Clarke, described by the Washington Post as weighing over 200 pounds, retrieved the ball and ran to “I” …

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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 13

Three reasons Nats fans should remain optimistic

Repeat after me: “It’s still early… It’s a marathon, not a sprint… Nobody ever won a pennant in April… Three of our best hitters haven’t played yet.” Can we think of any other worn-out clichés to perk up the spirits of Nats fans expecting more after a 2-4 first week? There are probably plenty. Quite …

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