Griffith Stadium - 1911-1965

Washington's Historic Ballpark

Washington Baseball Reources

by Andrew Sharp

“The Washington Senators,’’ by Morris A. Bealle  (1947, Columbia Publishing Company), long out of print, subtitled “An 87-year History of the World’s Oldest Baseball Club and Most Incurable Fandom’

’“The Washington Senators,’’ by Shirley Povich (1954, G.P. Putnam & Sons), one of  Putnam series of histories of the 16 major league teams, by Washington’s most famous sports writer, who covered the 1924 championship season. It should be noted that although the team was still officially  ”the Nationals,’’ the title of this book makes it clear what the team was commonly called.

“Walter Johnson, Baseball’s Big Train,’’ by Henry W. Thomas (1995, Phenom Press), one of the finest baseball biography, meticulous researched and written by Johnson’s grandson, with a foreword by Shirley Povich

“Washington’s Expansion Senators (1961-1971)’’ by James R. Hartley (1997, Corduroy Press), has the results of every game the expansion team played, including all of ’61 season in Griffith Stadium

“The Washington Senators, 1901-1971’’ by Tom Deveaux (2001, Mcfarland & Company, Inc.), draws heavily on Povich’s work, but still, a fine and detailed history of the original and expansion teams.

“The Nationals Past Times’’ by James C. Roberts (2001, updated 2005, Triumph Books), a forward by Sen. Connie Mack

“Images of America: Baseball in Washington, D.C.’’ by Frank Ceresi and Mark Rucker, with Carol McMains, researcher (2002, Arcadia Publishing), a motherlode of photos, mostly from Griffith Stadium

“Washington Senators’ All-Time Greats’’ by C. Norman Willis (2003, Xlibris Corporation), chapters about all the great Washington players, some nice rare photos and a forward by Frank Howard

“Beyond the Shadow of the Senators’’ by Brad Snyder (2003, The McGraw-Hill Companies), subtitled ”The Untold Story of the Homestead Grays and the Integration of Baseball,’’ an engrossing account, meticulously footnoted, about what might have been the best team to regularly play in Griffith Stadium.



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