This non-commercial site, created and maintained since 2017 by Andrew C. Sharp, is about Washington, D.C., baseball history — with an emphasis on the offbeat or less reported. I try to add at least one new post a month. There are posts about 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).
This what’s know as a vanity project. I do it because I like to write about baseball. I don’t seek or solicit ads (although Word Press might; I don’t know) and I don’t write or care about the Twins, Rangers or Expos. My apologies to the fans of those teams. I do hope Montreal gets a team back.
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. I’ve been a reporter, copy editor, assignment editor, editorial writer and editorial page editor. I grew up in the D.C. area and started following baseball seriously in 1959, about the time I saw my first game at Griffith Stadium. I stuck with the expansion team until it moved. Disgusted at losing two teams, I swore off baseball for a few years. Then, I started working at the Jersey Shore and could get the Mets and Yankees every night on TV. As a Senators fan, there was no way I could support the Yankees, so I became a Mets fan.
My wife and sons remain Mets fans because of me, but when the Expos moved to D.C. and thanks to MLB.TV, I was able to return to my roots.
I am a member of SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research, and have written several dozen biographies for the BioProject and game accounts for the Games Project. Those of former Senators and about Senators’ games also appear here.
I charted minor league games in the AA Eastern League in Trenton 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, 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 of America (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.