Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Nationals To Honor Hall Of Famers From Three Previous Franchises
Attending tonight's ziMS Foundation Premiere Event at Nationals Park, The African Queen and I could not miss the new "Ring Of Fame" to be unveiled on South Capitol Street on Tuesday night, August 10th, when The Florida Marlins take on Our Washington Nationals. The new honorary tribute to players with ties to Washington Baseball is located on the facade above the PNC Diamond Club behind home plate. Not only will Andre Dawson be honored for his recent induction into the National Baseball Hall Of Fame & Museum as a Montreal Expo--the predecessor to D.C.'s latest team--but 17 other players, all Hall Of Famers, will be included as well.
Dawson's teammate in Montreal--Gary Carter--will be remembered. So will Original Washington Nationals/Senators Walter Johnson, Owner Clark Griffith, Joe Cronin, Rick Ferrell, Goose Goslin, Harmon Killebrew, Bucky Harris, Heinie Manush, Sam Rice and Early Wynn. Not to be left out, Negro League Greats and Homestead Grays--Owner Cum Posey, Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard, "Cool Papa" Bell, Ray Brown & Jud Wilson will fill out the Major League Baseball D.C. "Ring Of Fame".
Washington's current baseball club sent out this email late this evening explaining the reasoning behind the 18 chosen players and owners:
The Washington Nationals in consultation with the National Baseball Hall of Fame developed the following criteria for honoring Hall of Famers at Nationals Park.The first criteria was that the player had to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The second criteria was that the player had to be associated with the Montreal Expos, Homestead Grays, Washington Senators or Washington Nationals. Lastly, the player had to have had significant years with those teams.
Recognizing the past is fine with us--it's the proper thing to do. And we are equally as glad to see no uniform numbers (other than MLB's mandated Jackie Robinson Number 42) have been retired just yet. That honor should come as a result of the play on the field for Our Washington Nationals, not from a player from the past that played in Canada, or for a Minnesota or Texas franchise. We are not The Expos, The Twins or The Rangers. We are The Washington Nationals and that should be the criteria for any retired number in the future,
In the very near future, the complete details coming on the ziMS Foundation's "A Night At The Park" event this evening at Nationals Park. As always, Sohna and I supported the cause to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. We had a great time, which included some pretty nice conversations with Adam Dunn, Pudge Rodriguez and Ross Detwiler. And one terrific performance from recording artist Amos Lee. He was quite excellent tonight. In fact, the highlight of the entire evening. Those complete details coming up soon on Nats320.
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