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19th Century Washington Baseball

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19th Century Washington Baseball Teams

1871-1872 Washington Olympics[edit]

Ballparks: Madison Avenue Grounds (Baltimore, MD) (May 5, 1871-May 24, 1872)

Washington fielded a team in the National Association in 1871 and 1872. That team was known as the Olympics. The Olympics had a combined record of 17-22 in their two-year existence. The Olympics had been a well-known amateur team before joining the N.A.

Ballpark: Olympics Grounds


In a league with nine teams, the Olympics finished in fourth place with a record of 15-15 under manager Nick Young.

Team Photo: 1871WashingtonOlympics.jpg

BR Team page


In their second and final year of existence, the Olympics fell to 10th place (out of 11 teams) with a record of 2-7. The team was again managed by Nick Young.

BR Team page

Washington Blue Legs[edit]

Ballpark: Olympics Grounds (April 15-October 23, 1873)

The Washington Blue Legs played in the National Association in 1873.

1884 Washington Nationals[edit]

The sole year of the Union Association saw an alternate use of the Nationals name. The American Association also had a team of the same name in 1884. The UA team fared far better than its A.A. counterpart, finishing in 7th place with a 47-65 record.

Sources and Further Reading[edit]

  • 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.
  • Frederic J. Frommer: The Washington Nationals 1859 to Today: The Story of Baseball in the Nation's Capital, Taylor Trade Publishing, Lanham, MD, 2006. Re-edited in 2013 as You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball from 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions. ISBN 978-1589798434
  • Norman L. Macht: "Washington Nicknames", in Bob Brown, ed.: Monumental Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Capital Region, The National Pastime, SABR, Number 39, 2009, pp. 93-94.