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  • After 79 years, Nationals represent a ‘lifetime dream realized’

    Under a cloudless sky that whipped cold wind into a sea of red, the end arrived at 2:08 p.m. local time.


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President Franklin D. Roosevelt threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Griffith Stadium before Game 3 of the 1933 World Series between Washington and the New York Giants as Senators manager Joe Cronin (third from right) and New York counterpart Bill Terry (second from right) look on. The Fall Classic was a national obsession, as evidenced by a scoreboard outside a building in Norfolk, Va., that tracked the developments of Game 1. The Giants won the World Series 4-1, and it would be 79 years before Washington would experience postseason baseball again.

    D.C. was different place last time Washington played in postseason

    On the last day, hope and desperation swirled through Washington like the October breeze that forced men to don double-breasted topcoats and tug down their fedoras under bright sun.


  • Young player-manager led DC to last pennant in '33

    The Washington Nationals ended a long drought for the nation's capital Thursday night by clinching a playoff spot, returning the District of Columbia to baseball's postseason for the first time in nearly 80 years. But back then, the only postseason was the World Series. There were no wild card teams and no playoffs. The Washington Senators _ also known as the Nationals _ had to beat out seven other teams in the American League standings to win the 1933 pennant.


  • No Washington team has made the playoffs in the 77 years since Hall-of-Famer Joe Cronin (right, shown with Bucky Harris) was dealt to the Boston Red Sox in 1934. (Associated Press)

    DALY: Washington, Boston: Tales of two cities

    The Boston Red Sox are in Washington on Tuesday to play the Nationals in the teams' final exhibition game. And if you've heard once, you've heard 100 times about Red Sox great Ted Williams taking over the Expansion Senators in 1969 and managing them to their only winning record (86-76) - indeed, the best record by a Washington ballclub since the 1945 war year.


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