This site, created and maintained by Andrew C. Sharp, is about Washington, D.C., baseball history — with an emphasis on the offbeat or less reported. I hope to add posts on the 19th Century teams, the first Washington American League franchise (the Minnesota Twins since 1961), the expansion Washington Senators (the Texas Rangers since 1972) and the current Washington Nationals (the Montreal Expos through 2004).
If you wonder who the guy is on my home page (I trust most old Senators fan know), it’s Stanley R. “Bucky” Harris, the “Boy Wonder” manager who in 1924 led the Griffith Nats to their only world championship. Griffith made Harris the Senators’ manager three different times — in the 1920s, ’30s and ’50s. I was born on his birthday. (He also died on his birthday in 1977.)
I am a retired daily newspaper journalist, mostly as an editor and editorial writer. I am a member of SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research, and have written about two dozen biographies for the BioProject and a dozen game accounts for the Games Project.
I charted minor league games in the AA Eastern League for a dozen years for Baseball Info Solutions, whose fielding stats are provided to MLB teams and used by Baseball-Reference.com.
In addition to what’s here, I wrote occasional baseball features for my former newspaper (the Asbury Park Press), for Nats News, the non-defunct quarterly of the Washington Baseball Historical Society and for the online newsletter, The Squibber, of the Bob Davids (D.C.) Chapter of SABR. I also have written for other web sites, most recently Here’s the Pitch from the Internet Baseball Writers Association (IBWAA).
And of course, I am a fan of Washington baseball, past and present. (If you have an insatiable appetite for the trivial, you could read “The unlikely story of a baseball fan from Scotland” elsewhere on this site.)
I welcome contributions from others who share my interest in the Nats. Email me at email@example.com.