By Cathy Morrison, Montrew Dunham
Young readers will percentage Abner Doubleday's enthusiasm and love of baseball and realize him as a heroic basic who fought bravely in wars during this deploy of the younger Patriots sequence. An early adapter of contemporary baseball ideas, Abner loved the game and helped deliver it into mainstream American carrying existence. As a boy, he enjoyed not anything greater than enjoying ball—whether or not it's "one previous cat" or "three outdated cat"—with his brother and associates. while no longer at the enjoying box, Abner sought out adventures, which lead him to a historical assembly with the French innovative War–hero normal Lafayette, the restoration of a stolen trunk within the woods, and a hitched trip aboard a rickety stagecoach. while a baby, Abner displayed the management abilities and solid sportsmanship that helped him strengthen the foundations of baseball and lead his infantrymen into conflict in the course of the Mexican-American and Civil Wars. distinct gains contain a precis of Abner's grownup accomplishments, enjoyable evidence detailing little-known tidbits of data approximately him, and a time line of his existence.
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Franchise rookie An entire sports organization, including the players, coaches, and staff. A first-year professional athlete. strike A work stoppage by employees in protest of working conditions. 46 WASHINGTON NATIONALS FOR MORE INFORMATION Further Reading Places to Visit Frommer, Frederic J. The Washington Nationals 1859 to Today. Lanham, MD: Taylor Trade Publishing, 2006. org This hall of fame and museum highlights the greatest players and moments in the history of baseball. Gary Carter and Andre Dawson are among the former players from the Expos/Nationals franchise who are enshrined here.
But the 1994 strike wiped out what might have been Montreal’s best chance for a world championship. Players stopped working on August 12, 1994. On September 14, baseball commissioner Bud Selig canceled the World Series. By the time the strike finally ended in April 1995, the Expos had let most of their star players go. Walker signed with the Colorado Rockies. The Expos traded away Wetteland, Grissom, and top starter Ken Hill. The strike had hurt most teams’ attendances. But the damage was particularly painful in Montreal.
Division, giving them the best The Nationals have man- record in MLB history: 98–64. aged to amaze fans with their They unfortunately lost to the growth, talent, and ability to Cardinals 3–2 in the NL Divi- win games. It may not be long sion Series. Nevertheless, their before we see them deservedly accomplishments in the 2012 hoist the Commissioner’s Tro- season were impressive. phy overhead. In 2013, the Nationals ended with a 86–76 record and A NEW CITY, AND NEW HOPE 41 TIMELINE 1968 1969 969 9 1972 1979 1980 1981 1987 42 WASHINGTON NATIONALS 1994 2002 2 2004 2005 2008 2009 2012 43 QUICK STATS KEY PLAYERS (position[s]; seasons with team) None Moises Alou (OF; 1990, 1992–96) Gary Carter (C/OF; 1974–84, 1992) Andre Dawson (OF; 1976–86) Andres Galarraga (1B; 1985–91, 2002) Vladimir Guerrero (OF; 1996–2003) Dennis Martinez (SP; 1986–93) Pedro Martinez (SP; 1994–97) Larry Parrish (3B; 1974–81) Tim Raines (OF; 1979–90, 2001) Steve Rogers (SP; 1973–85) Rusty Staub (OF; 1969–71, 1979) Jose Vidro (2B; 1997–2006) Larry Walker (OF; 1989–94) Tim Wallach (3B; 1980–92) Ryan Zimmerman (3B; 2005– ) NL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES KEY MANAGERS 1981 Felipe Alou (1992–2001): 691–717 Frank Robinson (2002–06): 385–425 Dick Williams (1977–81): 380–347 FRANCHISE HISTORY Montreal Expos (1969–2004) Washington Nationals (2005– ) WORLD SERIES DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS 1981 (second half), 2012 WILD-CARD BERTHS (1995–) None HOME FIELDS Jarry Park (1969–76) Olympic Stadium (1977–2004) Hiram Bithorn Stadium (2003–04) RFK Stadium (2005–07) Nationals Park (2008– ) * All statistics through 2013 season 44 WASHINGTON NATIONALS QUOTES AND ANECDOTES Baseball’s all-time hits leader, Pete Rose, played part of one season with the Expos as a first baseman/left fielder toward the end of his career.