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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing; trade pbk edition (April 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738514209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738514208
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Authors Frank Ceresi, former curator of the National Sports Gallery, and Mark Rucker, baseball writer and vintage photograph expert, are sports historians and longtime fans of the game. Researcher Carol McMains is still hoping to bring her 3-year-old son, Brady, to his first professional ballgame . . . in the nation's capital!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. R. ZOGLIO on July 28, 2002
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This book is an excellent visual record of Washington baseball in it's own right but is outstanding as a companion piece to Tom Deveaux's The Washington Senators, 1901-1971 (a top notch history containing no pictures). It's great to put a face to a name from a bygone era. This book is chock full of historical photos (all b&w) that extend beyond just the Senators. After all this glowing praise, why do I rate it only 4 stars? I received it a week before Ted Williams' passing. In going back through it a week later, I was struck at the gloss job that the expansion Senators (1961-1971) received. At 14 pages (out of 128), the Senators of my youth are barely represented here. One photo each of Ted Williams and Frank Howard? Reprehensible!!! Hondo isn't even given an action photo (of him crushing another homer) but a tame head shot. Sort of reminds me of James R. Hartley's Washington's Expansion Senators (1961-1971). All in all, a must have that could have been so much better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 17, 2013
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When Washington, D.C. acquired the Washington Nationals prior to the 2005 season, the nation's capital had been without major league baseball for 33 years. Written in 2002 while the city remained without baseball, "Baseball in Washington, D.C." captures the city's relationship with baseball over the prior century. The book is written by sports writers Frank Ceresi and Mark Rucker with the assistance of researcher Carol McMains. It is a photgraphic history in the "Images of America" series and, as the authors point out, is not intended as a definitive history of Washington D.C. baseball.

The book is enjoyable and nostalgic as it takes the reader through a guided tour of baseball in Washington D.C. It begins with a chapter describing Washington's early baseball teams from 1850 -- 1900, focusing on -- no surprise here -- a team called the Washington Nationals. The discussion features photographs of forgotten players, stadiums, and baseball memorabilia with a good running commentary.

The Nationals were not asked to join the National League upon its formation in 1900. In fact, the League bought the team only to disband it. When the American League was formed the following year, Washington D.C. began its long relationship with the Washington Senators. The original Washington Senators team receives most of the attention in this book, especially in the team's best years before 1930. The Senators won their only World Series in 1924, while winning American League Pennants in 1925 and 1933. The book focuses on many of the players of the early years, while concentrating on "The Big Train", Walter Johnson, who won 416 games in his career, spent entirely with the Senators, for clubs that often were mediocre.
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