Five years ago (or more) when the possible move of the Montreal Expos to Washington was first being bandied about I was very much in favor of naming the team "Senators". In retrospect, I've grown comfortable with the "Nationals" name.
Originally Posted by bryanac625
Having grown up rooting for the expansion Senators in the American League (I'm barely old enough to remember the original team.) the Senators playing in the National League just wouldn't seem appropriate.
Bryan-I'd forgotten about Mayor Williams "Kid's Contest"-I also wonder what ever happened to that effort.
A short history (elaborating on what Brian McKenna has already posted): When the American League was formed in 1901, the original team was known as the Senators from 1901 through 1904. The "official" name was changed to Nationals in 1905 and used through 1955.
I can't find the quote but Clark Griffith, owner of the Washington franchise from 1920 through 1955, said something to the effect that every state had a senate and that the Nationals name was more befitting of the team that represented the nation's capital.
It wasn't until after Clark Griffith's death in 1955 that his adopted nephew Calvin bowed to popular sentiment and renamed the team Senators for the 1956 season.
More information on the team's name and nicknames in the link (check out the left side):
Washington Senators 1901-1960
Last edited by Aa3rt; 08-01-2009 at 03:26 AM.
"For the Washington Senators, the worst time of the year is the baseball season." Roger Kahn
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