Washington Nationals Go Back, Way Back, Back In Time… with Turn Back the Clock Night

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Washington Nationals Throwback to the Senators uniforms


It is not just going to be on-field jerseys that tell you it’s 1924 in the ballpark Thursday night at the Nationals vs. Giants game. The scoreboard, scorecards, ushers, on-field entertainers, even the grounds crew will go with the old-school look.

The 1924 World Series ended with Washington earning their only championship, and is often referred to as one of the best series ever. So, Washington goes back to Senator’s style in their game against the Giants with beautiful throwback uniforms. The Giants are reported to be wearing their throwbacks as well.

Not entirely sure about the color accuracy, as Dress To The Nines show the blue far closer to royal than navy. (Check them out, here)

Washington Nationals Throwback to the Senators Raise Championship Flag

We all hope the players rock the #SocksUp look, as from this picture of the team raising the 1924 Champions flag

Block W flags will fly at the stadium, game day staff will be in full 1924 regalia, and organ music will be played instead of the normal thumping pop music. Ben Mauger’s Roaring 20s Jazz Orchestra will play pregame.

At the 1924 World Series, president Calvin Coolidge threw out the first pitch from behind the dugout, so the 2012 Turn Back The Clock Game will follow suit.

Washington Nationals Throwback to the Senators Coolidge first pitch

Those days, the President couldn't be bothered to walk, only to stand and throw.


The programs and score cards should really turn out great, as they are to be modeled after the originals, seen here.

Washington Nationals Throwback to the Senators program cover base ball

Yep, back then Base Ball was correct


Washington Nationals Throwback to the Senators score card 1924

The score card from 1924 had a quite different look. Hope they teach fans how to use it!

The smaller details to really give the 1924 feeling should be on full display at this game, so we are putting out the call for photos from any attendees of the game. Send us pics of the flags, program, especially any signage telling fans that when they buy one concession at regular price, they get a second one for 1924 price.

How do you like the look?

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  • Jj

    Just so you know, you made a typo in the first paragraph. It’s on-field entertainment, not on-filed entertainment.

    • Chris Creamer

      Fixed it, thanks

  • Perfect Zero

    The only thing missing is that they should do the game in black and white. Granted, television wasn’t showing games back in the day, but it would be cool to see them use the chalkboards for the graphics and have the broadcasters dress for the game as well.

  • ingmar66

    Should be a lot of fun, they really made an effort in recreating 1924. Come to think of it, I hope one thing from 1924 will not be included in the festivities: the exclusion of non-white players.

  • Panhead24

    You have to LOVE this idea and it’s execution. They crew there did a great job making everything look like is was in 1924. Not sure which part I like more…. the scorecards, uniforms, or the cheap concessions idea (5-cent popcorn, anyone?). I wish I could attend this one, it looks awesome.

    Kudos to the Nationals for coming up with this idea. There have been other “turn back the clock” nights for other teams, but this is above and beyond all of the other ones.

    • David Parker

      Above and beyond? The Giants did a very similar thing earlier this season.

      “The San Francisco Giants held a “Turn Back the Century” promotion on Saturday by commemorating the 1912 season of the franchise during their game against the Chicago Cubs. The Giants and Cubs wore throwback uniforms based on the ones the teams wore back in 1912. The Giants uniforms featured the ‘NY’ insignia because they played in New York back then. Other special features of “Turn Back the Century” day included roving barbershop quartets outside the gates, stadium announcements via megaphone and music played on an organ. The scoreboard video was also turned off and peanuts were sold for 5 cents.”

  • Aaron

    Any team who goes this far back for Turn Back the Clock games should definitely use a similar approach to what the Nats and Giants are doing. I believe the Cubs did a similar thing a few years back for perhaps a couple home games.

  • BigBubba

    It’s really cool how they’re going all-out with this. Still waiting for those Expos throwbacks, though (even though it’ll never happen).

  • Got to experience a similar Turn Back the Clock game between Boston and Pittsburgh at PNC back in 2003 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first World Series. Was a really cool experience. They went as far as the PA announcer being on top of the dugout with a megaphone, basic jumbotron graphics resembling old-school scoreboards, and of course the uniforms. They didn’t go quite as far with the scorecards (I don’t think). Still a really cool thing to be a part of fun.

  • Nathan

    this is literally the coolest thing ever!!!

  • Nathan

    I hope we get pictures of everything!

  • will bunnell

    again this team has forgotten where it really came from! this team up until 2004 was te MONTREAL EXPOS!!! to do a turn back the clock like this is an insult to us who still love nos amours. if youre going to do a turn back the clock, do it right and honour your past accuratly!

  • Peter Kohler

    Fantastic. Finally, the Nats remember The Senators like a few of we oldtime Washingtonians do. Now if we could just take a route 70 streetcar to Griffith Stadium! They should do this once a year AND do an Expos Retro day whenever we next play the Blue Jays OR when we play on 1 July (Canada Day).

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