It may be hard to believe, but there was a time when all of America seemed to be rooting for Washington. It was exactly 90 years ago: the last time a Washington, D.C., baseball team won a World Series championship.
“It really was, amazingly, an early version of America's team,” said Fred Frommer, author of a “You Gotta Have Heart,” a new book on the history of baseball in the nation’s capital.
“When the [Washington] Senators clinched the seventh game here in Washington, it was such a mad house,” Frommer told “Politics Confidential” in an interview conducted on the field at Washington’s Nationals Park. “The fans rushed the field; they danced on top of dugouts; the police had to come in and rescue the Senators, because they were getting mobbed to death. And then that night, fans were celebrating on Pennsylvania Avenue; there were so many of them on there that cars had to go onto the street tracks. It was just amazing, amazing time.”
Ninety years later, theRead More »from America’s team: Can the country root for Washington (again)?