Griffith Stadium - 1911-1965

Washington's Historic Ballpark


Facts

Baseball World Champions:
1924



American League Champions: (3)
1924, 1925, 1933

NFL Champions: (1)


1942 Washington Redskins

 

Hall of Famers:(26)

Stan Coveleski RHP 1925-1927
Joe Cronin SS 1928-1934
Ed Delahanty OF 1902-1903
Rick Ferrell C 1937-41, 44-45, 47
Lefty Gomez LHP 1943
Goose Goslin OF 1921-30, 33, 38
Clark Griffith MGR 1912-20 Pres. 20-55
Bucky Harris MGR 24-28, 35-42, 50-54
Walter Johnson RHP 1907-1927
Harmon Killebrew 3B 1954-1960
Heinie Manush OF 1930-1935
Sam Rice OF 1915-1933
Al Simmons OF 1937-1938
George Sisler 1B 1928
Tris Speaker OF 1927
Early Wynn RHP 1939, 41-44, 46-48

 

All-Star Games Hosted: (2)
1937, 1956

First Nightime Game:

May 28, 1941

Last game:

September 21, 1961

Demolished:

January 26, 1965

Capacity:

32,000 (1921); 27, 550 (1961)

Architect:

Obborn Engineering - Cleveland, Ohio (1911)

Dimensions

Year LF LC C RC RF
1911 407 391 421 378 328
1921 424 391 421 378 326
1926 358 391 421 378 328
1936 402 391 421 378 328
1947 405 391 421 378 328
1950 386 372 421 378 328
1951 408 372 421 378 328
1952 405 372 421 378 328
1954 388 372 421 378 328
1955 388 372 421 372 320
1956 386 372 421 373 320
1957 350 372 421 373 320
1961 388 372 421 373 320

Capacity

1921 32,000
1936 30,171
1939 31,500
1940 29,473
1941 29,613
1947 29,000
1948 25,048
1952 35,000
1960 28,669
1961 27,550

Attendance

Year Attendance Average Rank in League Record Standing
1911 244,884 3,180 7th out of 8 64-90 7
1912 350,663 4,554 5th out of 8 91-61 2
1913 325,831 4,204 7th out of 8 90-64 2
1914 243,888 3,087 6th out of 8 81-73 3
1915 167,332 2,159 5th out of 8 85-68 4
1916 177,265 2,230 8th out of 8 76-77 7
1917 89,682 1,142 8th out of 8 74-79 5
1918 182,122 2,802 7th out of 8 72-56 3
1919 234,096 3,297 7th out of 8 56-84 7
1920 359,260 4,696 7th out of 8 68-84 6
1921 456,069 5,923 5th out of 8 80-73 4
1922 458,552 5,955 6th out of 8 69-85 6
1923 357,406 4,611 7th out of 8 76-78 4
1924 584,310 7,491 4th out of 8 92-62 1
1925 817,199 10,753 3rd out of 8 96-55 1
1926 551,580 7,258 6th out of 8 81-69 4
1927 528,976 6,739 5th out of 8 85-69 3
1928 378,501 4,884 7th out of 8 75-79 4
1929 355,506 4,647 7th out of 8 71-81 5
1930 614,474 7,890 4th out of 8 94-60 2
1931 492,657 6,316 4th out of 8 92-62 3
1932 371,396 4,823 5th out of 8 93-61 3
1933 437,533 5,719 2nd out of 8 99-53 1
1934 330,074 4,259 5th out of 8 66-86 7
1935 255,011 3,312 6th out of 8 67-86 6
1936 379,525 4,961 6th out of 8 82-71 4
1937 397,799 5,035 7th out of 8 73-80 6
1938 522,694 6,878 5th out of 8 75-76 5
1939 339,257 4,435 7th out of 8 65-87 6
1940 381,241 4,951 7th out of 8 64-90 7
1941 415,663 5,329 7th out of 8 70-84 6
1942 403,493 5,344 7th out of 8 62-89 7
1943 574,694 7,512 3rd out of 8 84-69 2
1944 525,235 6,821 4th out of 8 64-90 8
1945 652,660 8,367 4th out of 8 87-67 2
1946 1,027,216 13,254 5th out of 8 76-78 4
1947 850,758 11,049 7th out of 8 64-90 7
1948 795,254 10,328 7th out of 8 56-97 7
1949 770,745 10,010 7th out of 8 50-104 8
1950 699,697 9,028 6th out of 8 67-87 5
1951 695,167 9,028 6th out of 8 62-92 7
1952 699,457 8,910 6th out of 8 78-76 5
1953 595,594 7,837 6th out of 8 76-76 5
1954 503,542 6,497 7th out of 8 66-88 6
1955 425,238 5,523 8th out of 8 53-101 8
1956 431,647 5,570 8th out of 8 59-95 7
1957 457,079 5,936 8th out of 8 55-99 8
1958 475,288 6,093 8th out of 8 61-93 8
1959 615,372 7,992 8th out of 8 63-91 8
1960 743,404 7,992 8th out of 8 73-81 5
1961 597,287 7,420 9th out of 10 61-100 9

Griffith Stadium - Hitters nightmare

by Andrew Sharp

In 1945 when Washington finished a close 2nd, not one player for the home team hit a ball over the fence  -- zero! The only Washington home run at home that year was inside the park job. There was a 30+ year stretch where Griffith Stadium yielded either the fewest home runs overall, the fewest for the home team and/or the fewest for the visitors. It usually yielded the fewest in all three categories. It wasn't until Clark Griffith died that Calvin moved the fences in to help Sievers, Killebrew and Lemon.

 

On July 7, 1937 the 5th annual All-Star game was played at Griffith Stadium. FDR throws out the first pitch!

Read more here!


 

Washington Redskins

History

by Bleecherreport.com

The Redskins moved to the nation's capital in 1937 from Boston.  They began their illustrious history in Washington, D.C. and shared Griffith Stadium with the Washington Senators, who would go on to become the modern-era Minnesota Twins.  The Redskins first owner and founder, George Preston Marshall, was the first owner to put an NFL team on television throughout the South.  This helped lead to the large fanbase the team has today.  The Redskins hit the ground running in D.C. by winning their division and winning the NFL Championship against the Chicago Bears in their first season in Washington.

NFL Champions

from http://blog.mitchellandness.com 



The 1942 NFL Championship game was played on December 13, 1942 at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. This NFL Championship game was between the undefeated Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins. The Chicago Bears, led by quarterback Sid Luckman, were co-coached by Hunk Anderson and Luke Johnsos after George Halas had entered the U.S. Navy. The Washington Redskins were led by coach Ray Flaherty and quaterback Sammy Baugh.

The Redskins defeated the Bears 14-6. Just two years earlier, the Bears had crushed the Redskins 73-0 in the title game. Sweet revenge? Perhaps.


 


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