By Paul Hagen / MLB.com
Younger fans may be excused for assuming that the history of Major League Baseball in Washington, D.C., dates back to 2005, when the Montreal Expos relocated and were rebranded as the Nationals. But there was baseball there long before Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg.
Those with a few more trips around the block probably recall that there was once a team called the Washington Senators. Frank Howard hit mammoth home runs at RFK Stadium, and Ted Williams managed there in the 1960s and early ’70s.
Students of the game know that the Senators actually won the World Series in 1924, featuring a roster headlined by fearsome right-hander Walter (Big Train) Johnson and managed by boy wonder Bucky Harris.
Frederic J. Frommer ably covers all this — and much, much more — in the definitive “You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball from 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions.”