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  • Boundary Field/American League Park I,II/National Park - Washington, DC

    Boundary Field, also known as American League Park II and National Park, was located in Washington, D.C. on a larger block bounded approximately by Georgia Avenue, 5th Street, W Street and Florida Avenue NW. It was just outside what was then the city limit of Washington, whose northern boundary was Boundary Street (later renamed Florida Avenue).

    The ground was home to the Washington Statesmen of the American Association in 1891 and then the Senators (sometimes Nationals) of the National League from 1892 to 1899, after the NL absorbed the AA. The National League contracted after the 1899 season and the Senators folded. From 1891 to 1893, the field was also the venue for home games of the Georgetown Hoyas football program.

    When the AL declared itself a major league in 1901 and began raiding National League rosters for talent, the NL decided to retain its lease on the Boundary Field property. This forced the American League's new reincarnation of the Senators to find an alternative home field, and they settled upon a field in Northeast DC with the name American League Park.

    American League Park, known by historians as American League Park I, formerly stood at the corner of Florida Avenue and Trinidad Avenue, NE. It hosted the Washington Senators from 1901 through the 1903 season. Boundary Field had been the preferred site for the AL Senators, but its usage had been blocked by the NL, which still had rights to the site despite no longer having a franchise in Washington. Once peace was reached between the leagues, the Senators moved to that site for 1904. The stands from American League Park I were transported to the new location along with the team. By 1907, there was no longer a baseball field on the American League Park I site.

    As noted above, the AL's Washington Senators returned to Boundary Field for 1904, through the 1910 season. As both the NL and AL Senators were unofficially rebranded as the Nationals during this period, the park was also often referred to as National Park. In 1909, the annual US Congressional Baseball Game was begun, and was held at this venue and its successor for the next several decades.

    The wooden stands were destroyed by fire on March 17, 1911. The structure was rebuilt in steel and concrete as the ballpark that would later be known as Griffith Stadium. - (mostly) Wiki

    To recap:

    1891 - Boundary Field/American League Park II/National Park - Washington Statesmen - AA
    1892-1899 - Boundary Field/American League Park II/National Park - Washington Senators (also Nationals) - NL

    1900 - NL contracted, Senators disbanded, no pro ball in DC

    1901-1903 - American League Park I - Washington Senators (also Nationals) - AL

    1904-1910 - Boundary Field/American League Park II/National Park - Washington Senators (also Nationals) - AL

    (1907 - American League Park I razed)

    (1911 - Fire - Boundary Field razed, Griffith Stadium built)

    So anyway, I started this thread because I've found some great photos of the Washington club from 1909 at Boundary Field, including individual shots of the great Walter Johnson, and Jim Delahanty - enjoy!





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    Last edited by alpineinc; 08-20-2017, 02:49 PM.

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    American League Park I, Opening Day 1901 or 1902 or 1903 (Season is not indicated)

    Last edited by RUKen; 08-22-2017, 09:58 AM. Reason: I had given the wrong name to the field.


    • #3
      American League Park II, May 6, 1905.

      American League Park II 1905MAY06.jpg


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