Washington Nationals — World Champions

In over eighty seasons of major league baseball in the nation’s capital, there was only one time when the last team standing was from Washington. Eighty-two years ago today, the AL Washington Nationals won the seventh and deciding game of the 1924 World Series over the New York Giants.

Washington won. So did Walter Johnson — baseball world champions both — but the man who made possible the victory — over which thousands of Washington enthusiasts yesterday afternoon went into paroxysms of joy — was Stanley Raymond [Bucky] Harris.

“The heart of a lion, the soul of a leader, the nerve of a born gambler, the tact of a diplomat, the brain of a master tactician and the courage of a great fighter carried the youthful manager (3 for 5 with a home run, run scored and three RBI) to the great finale of a great World Series yesterday in the 12th inning when, with one man down, Earl McNeely singled and made the score: Washington, 4, New York 3.

Two years ago, with the anticipation for baseball’s return to the capital, washingtonpost.com ran a daily retrospective called “Bringing Back the Senators” (Senators and Nationals were used interchangeably until the mid-50s) on the 1924 season.

The Nats went on to win the AL flag two more times in ’25 and ’33, but never another series. The Redskins have since won five NFL championships while the Bullets one NBA title and D.C. United won three MLS cups.

Hat tip to WTOP radio.

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