SF Giants at Washington Nationals becomes NY Giants at Washington Senators. Pictures!

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The stadium rolled back to 1924 Thursday night for the game, complete with retro scoreboard, grounds crew, and attendants. The bunting was even up, albeit digital, giving the game a play-off type feel.

Washington Nationals Senators New York San Francisco Giants throwback uniforms

Bunting, even digital, gave the game an exciting addition of emotion

 

In a remarkable detail, the first pitch was not only thrown from behind the dugout as was done for the 1924 Series, and not just by Walter Johnson’s grandson, Hank Thomas, but the pitch was a game-used ball from the 1924 World Series.

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Game-used 1924 World Series ball, used for first pitch

Phil Wood, the D.C. baseball historian who loaned the ball to the team for the game wrote a summary on the ball:

This ball was last used on October 9, 1924 in game 6 of the 1924 World Series. Senators first baseman Joe Judge fouled this ball into the stands at Griffith Stadium off of New York starting pitcher Art Nehf. Washington starting pitcher Tom Zachary allowed 7 hits and pitched a complete game that day in a 2-1 victory over the Giants that tied the series at 3 games apiece.

The next day — Friday, October 10 — Washington came from behind to tie the game with 2 runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. In the bottom of the 12th, catcher Muddy Ruel doubled to left off of Giants’ reliever Jack Bentley. Two batters later, outfielder Earl McNeely hit a ground ball that some say hit a pebble in front of New York third baseman Freddie Lindstrom and bounced over his head, allowing Ruel to score the game — and Series — winning run in a 4-3 victory, Washington’s only World Series championship. The winning pitcher that day was Walter Johnson.

 

The Senators uniforms were quite plain, which is true to the times. Although close in design, we have come to expect they would not be similar in construction. The large buttons and high necks weren’t present. The color of blue was again up for debate, as the Nationals wore a navy while some depictions of the Senators shows them as more of a royal.

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Washington Nationals Senators New York San Francisco Giants throwback uniforms 1924

In 1924, Babe Ruth hit the wall chasing a fly ball and was knocked unconscious. But take a look at the Washington player to the right. Looks similar to the 2012 version, no?

Both teams wore their current batting helmets, especially odd looking in the case of the Giants where it was the only SF marking, or orange in the outfit. Washington wore their away helmets.

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A plain helmet may have been in order for a game with this level of detail.

 

Washington Nationals Senators New York San Francisco Giants throwback uniforms away helmet

Away helmets, because, we are home, and all

The Giants dark pinstripe set looked good, especially with the red and navy socks. Accuracy seems high as well, a particular challenge, as the Giants wore 3 different uniforms that season. The 2012 iteration seem to match well with 1924 World Series photos in Washington. Those white hats sure looked sharp with the Giants home whites, but looks quite odd with the away greys. I suppose two sets of hats is a much more common modern occurrence than a past one.

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1924 World Series Game 7 pre-game photo. Giants uniforms look accurate

Majestic logos were present on sleeves for both teams, and based on limited photographic evidence, it appears that the modern MLB logo was on the backs of the hats, with no other logos shown. (Please feel free to submit evidence to the contrary!)

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The groundskeepers also got into the action, in their own retro apparel.

Washington Nationals Senators New York San Francisco Giants throwback uniforms groundscrew

Narry a dirty plate here, cap! 23 Skidoo!

The scoreboard, not to be left out, got in the retro feel.

Washington Nationals Senators New York San Francisco Giants throwback uniforms scoreboard

Digital retro, if such a thing exists

What say you, gentle reader? Top quality uniforms from a day gone by, or silly gimmick, what with all the name and city changes? Should the Nationals throw back to the Expos instead?

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  • http://www.yurasko.net/wfy/ WFY

    I’m glad the Nats celebrate the city’s baseball history (Senators/Nationals — they were used interchangeably until the mid-1950s), rather than the corporation’s history (Expos). I can’t flick a switch and pretend that the exploits of Andre Dawson, Gary Carter, etc. are relevant to the current team — those memories aren’t mine, they belong to Montreal fans.

    Montreal is a wonderful city and I hope someday the Expos can be reborn.

  • Nicky Santoro

    Wow! I like all the effort they put in, down to the scoreboard. Nice event.
    I would love to see an alternate Nationals cap with the old Senators W logo seen here, but with present red and white colour scheme applied.

  • http://wearetheprocess.com Larry

    Aren’t the Senators now the Rangers?!?

    • Stets5150

      No they are not the Rangers. You’re thinking of the 1961 expansion Senators. They became the Rangers. The A.L. charter Senators/Nationals that the current Nationals paid tribute to became the Twins.

  • Nathan

    not as exciting as i thought it would be

  • ExposGotRobbed94

    They should throw back to the expos

  • Paul

    I was actually at the game and it was one of the better Nats games that I’ve been to but I also feel like turn-back-the-clock didn’t quite go as far as it could have.

    The Good:
    -Flapper jazz music & organ music (really changed the mood entirely)
    -Brought out an old-time announcer (wish I remembered his name) to introduce the line-ups and between innings he gave a game-by-game account of the 1924 World Series.
    -Uniforms were simple but great (my guess about the Nats wearing their road helmets was that it was a better match to the caps they were wearing, there also wasn’t any red on the retro uniforms so the home helmets would’ve made less sense from an aesthetic standpoint.
    -The old-time programs were REALLY cool (also made a great fan for the DC heat).
    -The crowd seemed into it and everyone seemed to enjoy the event.

    The Bad:
    -Only the team and groundscrew wore retro uniforms. Stadium attendants wore straw hats (maybe they do that all the time anyway?) and one kid selling programs wore a scally cap but otherwise the vendors and concessions crew dressed as they always do.
    -The scoreboard went for a retro look but didn’t “function” as a retro scoreboard- it still flashed and played replay videos (though in b&w). I know it’s a trifle, but more authenticity would’ve helped.
    -The weather was awful, but there’s nothing the team can do about that.
    -Overall what seemed like a great idea to go all-out retro was only incompletely executed and a few minor tweaks really could’ve taken the retro feel further.

    Prediction:
    -Maybe introducing retro uniforms and Nats’ history means the team is thinking of solidifying its ties to DC baseball history via retro 3rds and rolling out more retro pennants around the field? Too soon to know, but it would be great to give the team some more historical context considering DC’s long baseball history.

    PS:
    -As an Expos fan, I hated that the Nats always seemed to paint over their Montreal past. This was my first trip to the park where I saw memorial plaques to Andre Dawson and Gary Carter in the stands behind home plate, complete with Expos colors and logos. It’s small, but it was nice to finally see.

    • Paul

      Yikes- formatting did NOT work…apologies to anyone who reads that.