Facts About Nationals Playoff Berth

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With a ninth inning strike from Drew Storen Thursday night the Washington Nationals clinched their first playoff berth since 1933. While baseball is a slow sport, and owners constantly preach patience, that is a long time. Not only was it the longest postseason drought for any city at 79 years, but the former Expos also held the record for longest franchise drought at 31 years.

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In honor of their playoff appearance we’ve compiled a list of stats, facts and historical events to give some perspective to just how long it has been.

  • The first former Washington Senators have been the Minnesota Twins for 51 years.
  • The second version of the Senators, now known as the Rangers, have been in Texas for 41 years.
  • Babe Ruth was still in baseball, retiring two years later in 1935.
  • Jackie Robinson didn’t break the color barrier for another 14 seasons.
  • Hank Aaron was born a few months later, on February 5, 1834.
  • 13 Presidents, from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama, have served in D.C.

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  • The Orioles, Pirates and Royals have won World Series titles.
  • 14 current teams , the Diamondbacks, Rockies, Royals, Astros, Angels, Brewers, Mets, Rays, Mariners, Padres, Rangers, Blue Jays, Marlins and the Nats didn’t yet exist.
  • 7 of those teams, the Diamondbacks, Royals, Angels, Mets, Blue Jays, Marlins and Rangers have won the World Series.
  • The Braves moved from Boston to Milwaukee (1953), and then to Atlanta (1966).
  • The Athletics moved from Philadelphia to Kansas City (1955), and then to Oakland (1968).
  • It was 21 years before their nearest neighbor, the Orioles, moved from St. Louis to Baltimore.
  • It was 25 years before their last playoff opponent, the Giants, moved to San Francisco.

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  • Two months after the last Washington playoff game the 21st Amendment, repealing prohibition, was passed.
  • It was only one year after the Washington Redskins debuted.
  • It was 41 years before the Capitals and 40 years before the Wizards came to Washington.
  • It was 15 years before Cleveland, the city that has gone the longest without a World Series title.
  • At the time the Cubs title drought was only 25 years, rather than their current 104 years.
  • 297 players, coaches, executives and pioneers have been elected to the baseball Hall Of Fame.
  • Legendary sports writers Grantland Rice, Shirley Povich and John Steadman all covered the 1933 playoffs.
  • It was 44 years before ESPN was launched.

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