The Washington Nationals, also known as the Statesmen, were admitted to the National League on January 16, 1886. The Nationals played its home games at the Swampoodle Grounds, going on to win only 28 games of the 120 games played in their first year. The team existed for only four years and compiled a record of 163-337, for a .326 winning percentage.
2 thoughts on “This day in baseball: Nationals admitted to NL”
The Swampoodle grounds? Is that the offsprinig of an alligator and a poodle, and please don’t tell me how the breeding process takes place.
HA. The name caught my attention too. It’s the kind of thing that makes me wonder how I never heard of it before, and where did it even come from?