Northwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Man's Recollection
—Created by Jarrett Ferrier, Sponsored by Willco —
What a day! As the streetcar pulls up excitement fills the air. Opening day at Griffith! Just 10 cents will get us where we want to be. Everyone is thrilled to be heading down to the game. It's a perfect day for baseball!.
As we ride along Georgia Ave. we watch the city pass by and we let our imaginations run wild. Will Killebrew smack a homer? A no hitter? Our noses sense the Wonderbread factory and we know we're getting close. More fans jump on board to go cheer on the Washington Senators!
It seemed to take forever but finally, here we are. We give the ticket vendor a dollar and we get two tickets. I can see and smell the freshly cut grass. My heart races as we hear the crack of the bats while my team warms up. What a day!
Finally inside and first things first, a hot dog! The vendor is full of smiles and jokes as he roams the park calling out Hot dogs! Hot diggity! I dig in my pocket for 25 cents Mom gave me. Mustard please!
No wasting time as we climb the bleechers to find our friends and our seats. The sooner the better as the stadium is filling up quickly. We watch as President Truman tosses out the first pitch. Opening day at Griffith with my buddies, no where else I'd rather be.
Created by Jarrett Ferrier
Sponsored by Willco
Erected 2014 by Willco.
Location. 38° 57.79′ N, 77° 4.445′ W. Marker is in Northwest Washington, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Livingston Street NW east of Connecticut Avenue NW, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. On the south wall of Circle Wine & Spirits. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5501 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20015, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Broad Branch Market (approx. 0.3 miles away); Colonel Joseph Belt (approx. 0.4 miles away in Maryland); Original Federal Boundary Stone NW 7 (approx. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Reno (approx. 0.8 miles away); Three R's (approx. 0.8 miles away); Schools (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Reno (approx. 0.9 miles away).
Regarding A Man's Recollection. Harry S. Truman threw the first pitch at Griffith Stadium every year from 1946 to 1952.
Also see . . .
1. Truman waiting to throw out the first pitch at the baseball game. (Submitted on April 7, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Ceremonial First Pitch. (Submitted on April 7, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
3. Baseball Opening Day Truman First Pitch (History's Playlist)-Sports. YouTube video (Submitted on April 7, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 7, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 7, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.