Yankees Revisit RFK
JUNE 16, 2006 –
The New York Yankees played their first regular season game at RFK Stadium in Washington in 35 years on this date when they beat the Washington Nationals 7-5 in inner-league play. The last time the Bronx Bombers played a game that mattered at RFK was September 30, 1971, which was the last game played by the old Washington Senators. The Yankees won that game, too, but by forfeit 9-0 when fans stormed the field and wouldn’t leave with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th because they were losing the Senators for the second time in ten years.
Here’s where the story gets a little complicated; The Senators left the first time in 1961 and became the Minnesota Twins, but the deal that allowed owner Calvin Griffith to leave the nation’s capital brought a new franchise to
Washington in 1961 called the Senators. The new Senators played at old Griffiths Stadium, still owned by Calvin Griffiths’ family, until “District of Columbia Stadium” was ready in 1962. D.C. Stadium became known as RFK Stadium after Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968.
The new Senators’ attendance reflected their play – dismal. They moved again in 1971, this time to the
Dallas area and became the Texas Rangers.