Griffith Stadium

Location
Washington, DC
First Game
1911
Last Game
1961
Demolished
1965

Today
Howard University Hospital now occupies the site, however no markers of any sort are present that baseball existed there.


Classic Moments from the Past

info A 30 foot high concrete wall dominated right field. For a comparison, Fenway's Green Monster was 5 feet closer and 7 feet higher. 
info The center field wall detoured around 5 houses and a huge tree in center, jutting into the field of play.
1911 American League Park burns to the ground and a new steel and concrete stadium is built in time for Opening Day on April 12. The Senators win in the new facility 8-5 over the Boston Red Sox.
1920 Officially renamed from League Park to Griffith Stadium in honor of Senators president Clark Griffith.
1924 October 10: Eighth inning of the seventh and deciding game of the World Series, a potential double play ball hits a pebble and bounces over New York Giants third baseman Freddie Lindstrom's head allowing the tying runs to score.  The Senators would go on to win in 12 innings.
1926 April 13: Walter "Big Train" Johnson pitches his last Opening Day game for the Senators. The contest goes 15 innings with Johnson going the distance and winning 1-0.
1937 July 7: Dizzy Dean gets hit on the foot off a line drive by Earl Averill and it fractures his toe in the All Star Game. The nagging injury ultimately ended his career prematurely.
1941 The stadium's first night is spoiled as the New York Yankees defeat the Senators 6-5.
1950 September 10: Joe Dimaggio becomes the first player to hit 3 home runs in one game at the famed stadium. The Yankees win the game 8-1.
1953 April 17: Site of Mickey Mantle's 565 foot monster home run off Washington Senators pitcher Chuck Stobbs.
1954 September 7: The Senators host the A's and win 5-4. However, only 460 fans witness the game, the lowest attendance in the parks history.
1961 September 21: The last game played at the stadium saw the Minnesota Twins beat the Senators 6-3 before a sparse crowd of 1,500.

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