Even the Mayor of Glenarden, Edward Estes, did not know this Baseball History!
The Washington Nationals are in the World Series. It’s a fact that, though official now for a week, it is hard to believe for even the team’s most loyal fans.
And that’s because it’s a first for the franchise.
But D.C. has a much richer baseball history. And it’s still alive at Howard University Hospital.
The 250-bed academic teaching facility sits on the site where Griffith Stadium once stood, where the American League’s Washington Senators played baseball for nearly 60 years — winning the 1924 World Series and playing in the Fall Classics of 1925 and 1933 — and where football and other sporting events were held over decades. The Homestead Grays of the Negro Leagues played parts of their seasons there from 1940 to 1950, winning three titles over that span.
The ballpark was torn down in 1965 and the hospital later took over the land, standing up a medical building where the stadium — one of the few venues in the city open to all during segregation (though the races sat separately) — drew great crowds.