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Thursday, October 10, 2002 The national pastime belongs in the nation's capital
The Washington Post presents a slide gallery of photos from Senators baseball history, accompanying a report of a billionaire's bid to buy the Expos and move them to Washington.
The president throwing out the first ball of the baseball season at the Washington ballpark was once a staple of the national pastime, but the nation's capital has been without a team since the expansion Senators moved to Texas in 1972. The original Senators left town after 1960 to become the Minnesota Twins, and are now playing for the American League pennant.
I can say I attended the last Washington game ever played at Fenway Park, in 1971, and still have in a box somewhere a souvenir Senators pennant from the occasion. It is a travesty that the national game is not played in the nation's capital. Baseball should return to Washington – and if it's a National League club, the old "Nationals" nickname – "Nats," for short – would do fine.
Some Washington baseball links: Here is a group that wants to bring a team to DC. Senators fan sites are here and here. And here is a 1970 Senators scorecard featuring No. 1 fan Richard Nixon.