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Ballparks: Nationals Grounds (April 20-May 25, 1872), Virginia State Fair Grounds (April 29 & May 1, 1875), Athletic Park (1884), Capital Grounds (1884), Swampoodle Grounds (1886-89)

In 1872 Washington first joined the National Association. The team was managed by Joe Miller, who led his team to a last place 0-11 record. The team's pitcher was Bill Stearns.

In 1875 baseball returned to Washington with the team of the same name, in the same league, led by managers Holly Hollingshead and Bill Parks. The team finished in 9th place with a 5-23 record. Bill Stearns pitched for the team again alongside co-manager Parks.

Baseball would not return to Washington for another nine years, when the American Association would revive the name of the Nationals.

BR Team Page 1872

BR Team Page 1875

Source:

  • Peter Filichia: Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebrations of All 273 Major League and Negro League Ballparks Past and Present, Addison Wesley Publishing Company (March 1993)
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