“The Washington Senators of my childhood in the late 1960s and early 1970s weren’t a great team. Far from it in fact, but they were ours.” - David Elfin. The Ultimate Washington Baseball Trivia Book
One of the great things about the return of major league baseball to Washington is the passion it is rekindling in the fans who remember when big league and professional baseball was played in our nation’s capital. Washington Times sportswriter David Elfin fell in love with the Senators in 1966. Like many Washingtonians, he was heartbroken when they left town in 1971. Now that major league baseball is on its way back, fans, old and new, will want to brush up on their knowledge of Washington baseball.
Elfin’s 112-page book is the ticket. In addition to the trivia, there are pictures and bios on greats like Walter Johnson, Josh Gibson, Clark Griffith, Goose Goslin, Joe Cronin, Buck Leonard, Mickey Vernon and Frank Howard.
I have two favorite parts of this book. One is Elfin’s selections for Washington’s All-Time Team. I'm not an expert on Washington baseball, but I know one thing. His battery of Walter Johnson and Josh Gibson is a no-brainer.
The other is the bio on Howard. My first big league game was at RFK. "Hondo" clobbered one and the home team beat Cleveland.
After his first two years with the Senators in ’65 and ’66, the much beloved slugger blitzed American League pitching in the next four seasons (Adjusted OPS of 154, 172, 180, 173). Then came the final season.
“Appropriately, Howard hit the Senators' last homer in the RFK finale on September 30, 1971. After crossing the plate, he tipped his hat, blew kisses to the fans and finally tossed his batting helmet into the stands before heading into the dugout to cry.”