960 Winter 2019 Where They Played: History of Ballparks in DC
Friday, 1:00–2:30, Feb. 1
Instructor: Jim Dunphy
Many OLLI members have enjoyed a ballgame (and perhaps a beer and a dog) at the Nationals’ sparkling new park in the Southeast Riverfront. Perhaps a few attended games at RFK (or saw the second incarnation of the Senators there). Perhaps a few can even trace their baseball attendance to Griffith Stadium, now part of the Howard University Hospital complex. But we doubt that there are any fans who attended games at the Swampoodle Grounds, American League Park I (or II), or the Capitol Grounds. This presentation will trace where baseball was played in DC by the Washington Nationals (yes, the Nationals!) of the 1871 National Association, the Washington Statesmen of the 1884 Union Association, and any number of Washington Senators. We will consider what the parks looked like—most would not pass muster for the lowest minor leagues today—where they were, and what is standing in their location now. So the next time you head to Nationals Park, hoist a beer in salute to the more than half a dozen places in DC where the cry “Play ball” has been heard over the past 150 years.
Jim Dunphy, a long-time Nationals season ticket holder, has taught a number of OLLI classes in history, music, baseball, and whatever else tickles his fancy.