Thanks much to my friend Chris for pointing out this gem. With the Nats complaining about distances at RFK Stadium, and reporters heading out on clandestine missions of mercy, armed with tape measures, it’s important to look to the past for historical examples.
Old Griffith Stadium was home to DC’s baseball teams from April 1892 until it was torn down in 1965, after sitting dormant for four years after the Senators moved to RFK. Located at 7th and Florida NW, the Stadium held 6500 people at construction time, and was later expanded to hold as many as 30,171. Of course, the deepest nook of Griffith Stadium would cause many players today to blanche, as it was 457 feet from center field.
There’s an unofficial movement afoot to make the dimensions of the new stadium (supposedly due in 2008, just ask Mark Tuohey) similar to that of old Griffith Stadium. I think that would be great, but I’m not sure the players would be down with that…
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs