Ron Kaplan provides a link today to a story by Philip Bump, who lives in Washington and writes for The Atlantic.
His piece, “How We Used to Follow Baseball,” focuses on the way fans used to crowd around scoreboards and monitor the World Series. One of the photos he provides shows fans in downtown Washington “watching” the 1912 World Series between the Giants and the Red Sox.
The visual clues, the open space and the angled street point to this being what we now know as “Freedom Plaza,” currently used by the Occupy DC protestors.
The scoreboard was placed at the Washington Post building. I pulled out my copy of “Capitol Losses” by James Goode. On page 393 you can see the three arches, part of the Romanesque Revival style. In the Shorpy photo, you can see the far right arch.
In the photo of the crowd, you can see bikes, a few ladies, a vehicle spraying water, and the Johnson Hotel, long gone.
The Washington Post building, built in 1893, was at 1337 E Street. It was razed in 1954. I think now there’s an entrance to the Marriott.