Postseason in DC: Not Since '33Only a few months into Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first term in the White House, the District of Columbia hosted the World Series. The calendar read 1933 and the Washington Senators won the American League pennant. That series only lasted five games and the Senators fell victim to the New York Giants. Our nation's capital has been postseason-free ever since.
Since then, the Senators packed up and headed for the Land of 10,000 Lakes and became the Minnesota Twins in 1961. That year, a second incarnation of the Senators emerged only to travel to the Lone Star State to become the Texas Rangers in 1972. In 2005, the Montreal Expos passed through customs and settled in D.C. to become the Washington Nationals of the National League.
When the Nationals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 on Thursday night, the team secured a postseason berth for the first time since 1933. While the Nationals have not yet clinched the National League East title, they are guaranteed at least one of the two NL wild card spots. Entering action this evening against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Nationals' magic number is eight. That means any combination of Nationals win and Atlanta Braves losses totaling eight will give D.C. the division crown.
Washington, D.C. has only hosted postseason play on three occasions: 1924, 1925 and 1933. During their first trip to the World Series, the Senators defeated the New York Giants four-games-to-three. The following season, they extended the World Series to seven games, but lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Giants and Senators met again in 1933, but the Giants exacted revenge in five games.