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Opening Game: 1923

Opening Game: 1923

April 26, 1923. "Opening game." Washington's first game of the season at Griffith Stadium, where President Harding tossed out the ball and the Nats bested Philadelphia 2-1. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

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Home Opener?

I thought I had caught Shorpy in an error. The 1923 season was already a week and a half old when this game was played. Since Washington traditionally opened at home to accomodate the president throwing out the first pitch, I assumed this could not have been the Nats home opener. But in 1923 for whatever reason the team started the season with an eight game road trip. So Shorpy, you were right.


See that the paper also called them the 'Griffmen', and there was a band. Wonder when the band went away.

["Griffmen" refers to manager/owner Clark C. Griffith. tterrace]

Makes perfect sense, thanks.

I wonder

If the cute kid with the bow tie and short pants got in. He looks rather pathetic, like he is hoping someone will buy him a ticket.

Nickname was Nats

"Nats", or "Nationals," was a nickname for the Washington Senators, much like "Bombers" would be the nickname or the headline for the Yankees.

[You have it backwards. "Senators" was the unofficial name. - Dave]

Hard to imagine

That in just over three months (August 2), Harding would be dead and Silent Cal would take over. First Lady Florence would die just over a year later.

1923 - Wouldn't that be the Senators?

They won the World Series in '24.

[The team was called the Nationals. Below, the headlines for the game in our photo, and the Nats' Series win in 1924. - Dave]


They really did dress better then for public events. All the males have ties, even the youngster at the fence...and I'm sure it wasn't because of President Harding.

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