“First in war, first in peace, and last in the American League,” was the phrase fittingly draped on Washington’s AL entries for many years. In its entire history in the junior circuit, Washington won the World Series only once, in 1924. The current Washington Nationals, although greatly improved in 2012, are still longshots to end the season with an NL pennant in hand.
Despite the lack of success at the major league level, the city’s Homestead Grays of the Negro Leagues seldom experienced a losing campaign and at one point strung together nine consecutive Negro National League crowns. The franchise’s home base was initially the Homestead suburb of Pittsburgh, but through the 1930’s and 40’s the team increasingly scheduled home games in Washington, in addition to their games in Pittsburgh.
The Grays disbanded in 1950, and earlier in this decade an incarnation honoring the Homestead clubs and dubbed the DC Grays played in the collegiate Clark Griffith League. In 2010 the Clark Griffith League disbanded and with it, the Grays. This spring the team re-formed as members of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.
This DC squad will play its home games at refurbished Hoy Field on the campus of Galludet University in the District.