Ernie Shore’s ‘perfect game’ against the Nats

One of the most famous stories about Babe Ruth’s career – especially when he was a pitcher – was the day he started a game against the Senators and was ejected after walking the first batter. The runner was thrown out trying to steal on the first pitch by Ruth’s replacement, Ernie Shore. Shore proceeded … Continue reading Ernie Shore’s ‘perfect game’ against the Nats

D.C. and the Homestead Grays

The Homestead Grays, a renowned team before baseball’s desegregation, traced its roots to black workers in a steel-mill town across the river from Pittsburgh in 1912. The Grays called Washington home for at least half of their league games, beginning in 1940. The Negro National League team, lead by Buck Leonard and Josh Gibson, was … Continue reading D.C. and the Homestead Grays

The ups and downs of a championship season

The 2019 season that ended with a world championship for Washington began slowly, even before a month-long slump dropped the Nationals – famously in retrospect – to 19-31, the farthest any team had fallen in the wild-card era (since 1995) before eventually winning the World Series. Surprisingly, given the team's hot finish, the largest margin … Continue reading The ups and downs of a championship season

Sept. 20, 1942: War shadows Nats’ comeback against A’s

When the two worst teams in the American League met at Shibe Park for a September 20, 1942, doubleheader, Philadelphia’s legendary owner-manager Connie Mack readily admitted that the results were not foremost on his mind. His A’s had clinched the basement for a third season in a row, but the team avoided 100 losses by … Continue reading Sept. 20, 1942: War shadows Nats’ comeback against A’s

Jackie Price at Griffith Stadium in 1950

Jackie who? If that was your reaction, you obviously never heard of the man described in 1950 as “America’s Greatest Entertainer.” Price, an amazingly acrobatic baseball player, performed his tricks with bat, ball and glove for a capacity crowd before the Senators’ game on July 22, 1950. He “bowed out to the loudest fan salute … Continue reading Jackie Price at Griffith Stadium in 1950

Aug. 18, 1953: Nats top Yanks, 10-8, with 7 in 9th

The Yankees were cruising to their fifth straight A.L. pennant in 1953 when they took on the Senators in New York for a three-game series on Aug. 18. The Nats[1] had just split a doubleheader in Boston with the Red Sox, while the Yanks had won four straight after pummeling the then-sixth place A’s in … Continue reading Aug. 18, 1953: Nats top Yanks, 10-8, with 7 in 9th