There is a brand new book about D.C. baseball is coming out – “You Gotta Have Heart” by Frederic Frommer, an AP reporter. On Thursday, August 22, 7 p.m., at the Grand Slam Sports Bar in the Grand Hyatt Hotel, at 1000 H Street NW (between 10th and 11th Streets in the Penn Quarter neighborhood). The event is sponsored by the DC Baseball Society. If you’d like to come, email Frommer at firstname.lastname@example.org, so he can get a good head count. Here is the description:
“First in War, First in Peace . . . and Last in the American League.” Expressions such as this characterized the legend and lore of baseball in the nation’s capital, from the pioneering Washington Nationals of 1859 to the Washington Senators, whose ignominious departure in 1971 left Washingtonians bereft of the national pastime for thirty-three years. This reflective book gives the complete history of the game in the D.C. area, including the 1924 World Series championship team and the Homestead Grays, the perennial Negro League pennant winners from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s who consistently outplayed the Senators. New chapters describe the present-day Nationals, who, in 2012, won the National League East led by the arms of Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg and the bats of Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche and rookie Bryce Harper. The book is filled with the voices of current and former players, along with presidents, senators, and political commentators who call the team their own.
Looks like a must-have for every D.C. baseball fan.