Tonight’s All-Star Game is in Miami, but next year it returns to Washington for the first time since 1969.
To commemorate the upcoming mid-summer classic in the nation’s capital, I have compiled a playlist of historical DC All-Star videos. The first three – 1934 and 1956 at Griffith Stadium and 1962 at District of Columbia Stadium are included. As with my Opening Day videos, 1969 is conspicuous by it’s absence, but hopefully that will find it’s way to YouTube before next year’s game. It kicks off with Commissioner Rob Manfred’s announcement of the 2018 All-Star Game being awarded to Nationals Park.
Like those previous DC All-Star Games the AL will be the home team in 2018 as that switches annually despite the league affiliation of the host team. It’ll be odd seeing road Nats grays.
This year the Nats are sending five players to Miami for the mid-summer classic: Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Stephen Strasburg and Ryan Zimmerman whose hot start got him his second career All-Star appearance. Anybody who saw him as thr NL’s All-Star first basemen prior to this season would have been delusional. It’d be nice if his power would return through.
Now, let’s hope the 2018 has another feature – a Washington manager leading a squad. It only happened once – in 1934 when Joe Cronin coached the American League after leading the ’33 Senators to their third pennant in 10 seasons.
Here’s another feature, on District-native Maury Wills, then a phenom with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Despite playing in his hometown, Wills was blocked by security in D.C. Stadium in the 1962 All-Star Game. He proceeded to win the MVP: