Senators leave D.C., fans not happy
SEPTEMBER 30, 1971 *
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Senators can’t beat the “Damn” Yankees even when they’re ahead. The last American League game played in the nation’s capitol ended in a forfeit on this date in 1971 when hundreds of fans stormed the field at Griffiths Stadium with two outs in the 9th.
Many had run onto the field in the 8th, but this time they wouldn’t leave so the umpires called the game. It gave the Yankees a 9-0 win even though the Senators were one out from a 7-5 victory. Fans were upset that owner Bob Short was moving the club to the Dallas-Forth Worth area for the 1972 season to become the Texas Rangers.
Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.
The “Senators” had been in D.C. for 71 years as an American League team, but under two different franchises. One franchise, owned for most of that time by the
Griffith family, called
Washington home from 1901 to 1960. Calvin Griffith moved the team to
Minneapolis in 1961, where they remain, and changed the name to the Twins. D.C. got a new “Senators” franchise in ’61, but it only lasted there until 1971 when they left for
Texas. In the 62 years the Senators were in
D.C. they only had 15 winning seasons. They did win the World Series though in 1924.
New York Times
, October 1, 1971, Pg. 49
, October 1, 1971, by James Polk