Griffith Stadium

Night time, 1941. Senators versus Tigers with George Kell at the plate and a 2-2 count. The windup... the lights go out. Seconds later the lights turn back on and every player, the batter, and the umpire are all laying on flat on the ground.

On the mound is the pitcher standing tall. Why? He was the only one who knew that the ball had not been pitched. This, and countless other great stories, took place at Griffith Stadium until its destruction in 1965.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"There is no sound in baseball akin to the sound of Mantle hitting a home run, the crunchy sound of an axe biting into a tree, yet magnified a hundred times in the vast, cavernous, echo making hollows of a ball field." - Arnold Hano in Baseball Stars of 1958

Griffith Stadium

Griffith Stadium

Major League Occupant(s)

Washington Senators
First Game
04-12-1911
Last Game
Washington Senators
First Game
Last Game

Griffith Stadium

Griffith Stadium

Ballpark Capacity

1921
32,000
1936
30,171
1939
31,500
1940
29,473
1941
29,613
1947
29,000
1948
25,048
1952
35,000
1960
28,669
1961
27,550

Griffith Stadium

Griffith Stadium

Ballpark Dimensions

Backstop
1911
61'
Left Field
1911
407'
1921
424'
1926
358'
1936
402'
1947
405'
1950
386'
1951
408'
1952
405'
1954
388'
1956
386'
1957
350'
1961
388'
Left Center
1911
391'
1950
372'
Center Field
1911
421'
Right Center
1911
378'
1955
372'
1956
373'
Right Field
1911
328'
1921
326'
1926
328'
1955
320'

Griffith Stadium

Griffith Stadium

Miscellaneous Items of Interest

Field Surface
Grass
Highest Attendance
38,701
10-11-1925
Griffith Stadium
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baseball almanac fast facts

Did you know that on September 7, 1954, a Griffith Stadium record small four-hundred sixty-one (461) baseball fans appeared for a game versus the Philadelphia Athletics ? Too easy? Did you know that it was actually a downhill run from home plate to first base?

A fifty-six foot tall National Bohemian beer bottle sign stood in left field at Griffith Stadium and Mickey Mantle nicked the sign with the only home run ball (pictured below) hit completely over the left field bleachers.

Durings its history, several U.S. Presidents threw out the first pitch at Griffith Stadium — a Washington, D.C. tradition that might return due to the return of the Nationals in 2005. Griffith Stadium was demolished in 1965, but not before being burnt badly in a fire on March 17, 1911, rebuilt by July 24, 1911, and hosting both the 1937 All-Star Game & 1956 All-Star Game .

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