Video: DC MLB All-Star Game memories

Sports Illustrated Photo of 1969 MLB All-Star Game
Washington Senators star Frank Howard towers over his American League All-Star teammates – Sports Illustrated, fair use (I hope)

Washington, D.C. hosts its fifth Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 17. It’s the first in the nation’s capital since 1969. Other All-Star games were in 1937, 1956 (Clark Griffith Memorial) and 1962. The first two were at Griffith Stadium, the last two at Robert F. Kennedy (nee District of Columbia) Stadium. Nationals Park is the host this time around.

I have compiled footage from youtube and put it in a playlist, embedded below. The first is the commissioner’s announcement, followed by footage from 1937 and each subsequent game and then another recap. As with my Presidential Opening Day First Pitches, 1969 footage remains the most elusive with less than a minute of total footage spread out over two videos.

UPDATE 7/19/2018: The video now includes highlights of the Home Run Derby, won by Harper, as well as the All-Star Game, won by the American league.

Washington players were generally spectators, except for 1969 when Frank Howard homered. The greatest to ever where a Washington uniform, Walter Johnson, retired several years before the All-Star game tradition started.

Washington native, Maury Wills won the MVP in 1962, but couldn’t get in D.C. Stadium at first:

In 2018, OF Bryce Harper is an All-Star starter, despite not hitting his weight (his homers and OBP are good though) and RHP Max Scherzer will probably start. Closer LHP Sean Doolittle also made the team.

Due to the National League having more new ballparks than the junior circuit, the tradition of the American League being the home team for a D.C. All-Star game will not be broken. The Nats will be road uniforms in their own stadium.

Radio

Radio replay of the 1937 All-Star Game with Bob Elson, Tony Wakeman of Mutual

Radio replay of the 1956 All-Star Game with Senators broadcaster Bob Wolff

Box scores from Baseball Reference

RFK Stadium
1969 | 1962

Griffith Stadium
1956 | 1937

Further reading

Washington’s living all-starsThe Post
Every Washington player selected to the All-Star game that is still alive is profiled and quoted about the experience.

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