Baseball’s postseason began this week and today the San Francisco Giants take on the Washington Nationals. The last postseason matchup of baseball’s Nationals and Giants took place in the 1933 World Series, when the teams were known as the Washington Senators and New York Baseball Giants.
FDR was on hand to thrown out the first ball in Game Three on Thursday, October 5th at Griffith Stadium in Washington, as shown in this newsreel “local” intended to show in DC area movie theaters that weekend.FDR is shown shaking hands with the opposing play-managers, both future Hall-of-Famers: Joe Cronin (SS) for the Washington Nationals, and Bill Terry (1B) for the New York Giants. Other Hall-of-Famers playing include Mel Ott (RF), Giants #4. Goose Goslin (RF), Nationals #5; and Heinie Manush (LF), Nationals #3.FDR did not prove to be a good luck charm for the New York team that particular day, but the Giants did go on to win the Series 4 to 1.
Baseball in Washington DC, 1933
We admit it—here in Washington, DC, we are pretty excited about the Washington Nationals game this afternoon! The last time we won the American League pennant was in 1933 when the team was the Washington Senators and Franklin D. Roosevelt was in the White House.
In honor of the first DC home game in this Major League Baseball playoff series, here’s a photograph of FDR throwing the ceremonial first pitch for Game 3 of the World Series, when the New York Giants played the Senators. Washington, DC, 10/5/33.
And for any fans who may have called in “sick” today, you’re in good company — When FDR was a young attorney in New York City, he almost lost his job because he would sneak off to Giants games.
Thanks to Sarah, archivist magician at the FDR Library for finding this photo!
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Teddy Ballgame, The Splendid Splinter, The Thumper, The Greatest Hitter, The Kid- Call him what you will, 70 years ago today, Ted Williams became the last person to finish a baseball season with a batting average of over .400. September 28, 1941.
Twenty-eight years later, Ted Williams was the manager for the Washington Senators. Here’s Williams with President Nixon on opening day of the 1969 baseball season between the Senators and the New York Yankees. Nixon threw the ceremonial first pitch on April 7, 1969. Williams was later named Manager of the Year for this 1969 season.
-from the Nixon Library