In spite of $600 million of public financing from the District of Columbia for Nationals Park, the Washington Nationals decided to spend a game saluting the previous corporate identity (DC Sports Bog, The Post). I’ve been over this before: The Nats don’t need to acknowledge the Expos. This was fan-service for non-Washingtonians.

Celebrate the city history, not the corporate history.

By the way, 1969 the year the Expos throwbacks were from, THERE WAS A MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM IN WASHINGTON, D.C. Not only that, it was THE MOST SUCCESSFUL BASEBALL SEASON IN D.C. SINCE WORLD WAR II. The modern Nats even wear the same red cap with a curly W as that team.

While any of the DC major league uniforms would be better than any Montréal kit, here are the more appropriate examples:

1969 – Late expansion Senators uniforms

What was more surprising, Ted Williams managing the Senators or finishing 86-76, the best post-World War II showing for a Washington baseball team? The ’69 Nats had their best attendance in RFK Stadium with Frank Howard hitting 48 home runs in a red curly W cap that the current franchise wears at home to this day.

1959 – Final Griffith Senators uniforms

DC’s best looking home uniform ever was worn by a young Harmon Killebrew as he became a star, but the franchise soon moved to the Twin Cities because Calvin Griffith was a racist. Zang Auerbach, Red’s brother, designed the “Smokin’ Senator” patch.

1924 – World Series uniforms

Walter Johnson’s 7th game heroics gave DC it’s only World Series win and the city it’s first championship. The Nats wore those throwbacks in 2012 (Uni Watch)

Oddly enough, they ’24 Nats wore pinstripes throughout the regular season, but switched to cream uniforms for the World Series.

1940s Grays
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The legendary Negro League team split their 1940s games between Pittsburgh (Homestead) and Griffith Stadium. Various Grays uniforms have been worn by the Nats over the years.

Late 2000s Interlocking DC

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For the first few years, the Nats wore the Todd Radom interlocking DC on alternate and batting practice jerseys. The logo is technically still in the program, but barely — many fans would like to see it back. I’d like to see the interlocking DC back on the sleeves at the very least.

2005 – Baseball is back in Washington, D.C.

Bennett running for 1B

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The Todd Random-designed uniforms were worn from 2005 – 2010.

2009 Natinals


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​There are several contenders for the nadir of the Jim Bowden-era Nats, but the misspelled uniforms might be the most memorable.

MORE: Misspelled Washington “Natinals” jersey auctioned for $8,000

1974 Washington Nat’l League

1973 Washington National League

Photo © William F. Yurasko
The San Diego Padres were going to be sold and moved to D.C. (Ghosts of DC) but it feel through. Joseph Danzansky, the Giant Food CEO, who tried to move the team got as far as creating a powder blue road uniform for the un-named team. The prototype was put on display in the club level of Nationals Park a few years ago.

1976 Ball Four


Even the fake Washington Americans uniforms from the short-lived Ball Four TV-show, starring Jim Bouton and Ben Davidson (who played for the Skins in 1962-63), would be better than wearing Montréal colors.

The place to honor the Expos is of course, Montréal and the Canadiens have done so. There is an even better solution of course and that’s returning baseball to North America’s most populous Francophone city. There is an AL East team that has a lease ending in a few years and after, that the Tampa Bay Rays lease ends in 2027 too.

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