The Nats woke up on Monday morning with a record of 61-40 and a winning percentage of .604, tied with the Reds for the best mark in all of baseball.
The D.C. media crew has brought you many “first time since” Washington baseball updates this season: leading their league on July 4, leading their division in late July, reaching 20 games over .500, and so on.
But this is a new one, so I’m here to tell you this is the latest in the season a Washington baseball team has had the best record in MLB since October 2, 1933, the end of that year’s regular season. To put that in perspective, here are a few highlights from A1 of that day’s Post.
* In the top left, above the masthead, was a National Recovery Administration logo, with the words “We Do Our Part.”
* Next to that was this text: “Women are taking a more and more active part in the Nation’s affairs. Their interests and tastes are reflected in The Post’s excellent women’s pages.”
* The Paper cost three cents.
* The AFL was opening its convention at the Willard Hotel with bitter infighting and demands for a 30-hour work week. President Roosevelt was taking a high-speed train to Chicago to address the American Legion convention and tour the Century of Progress exposition. And union members were marching on Carnegie Steel in Western Pa.
* Headline: “France to Bar Inflation, says Fiscal Minister.”
* Headline: “Ruth Hurls Yanks to 6-5 Win and Hits 34th Homer.”
* Lede: “Their lives hanging in the balance, 10 Mississippi penitentiary convicts who subjected themselves to dreaded ‘sleeping sickness’ tests today awaited outcome of their strange gamble for freedom.”
* Lede: “Seeking a clew in a treasure hunt, Mrs. Jane Sadler, 23, was crushed to death last night by a passenger train.”
* Lede: “Court Adalbert de Chambrun, French General, who arrived today to represent his nation at the American Legion convention, expresses the opinion that another World War will not occur.”
* Lede: “Under machine gun muzzles, George Kelly, hulking ex-bootlegger, stumbled from a bimotored air transport here today to face trial on capital charges in the Charles F. Urschel kidnapping. ‘Hello gang,’ the hoodlum said at the end of a flight from Memphis. ‘Nice trip.’”
Long time ago, huh?
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Rex Grossman is battling Kirk Cousins for the backup QB position.
Good Counsel All-Met Kendall Fuller, top football recruit in the area, committed to Virginia Tech.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT I
Bryce Harper, on batting without batting gloves:
“I don’t know. I’m trying to feel the bat a little bit more, I guess. Just something different.”
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT II
Bryce Harper, on his illness:
“It started [Thursday] after the game. I couldn’t hold food down and stuff. I was throwing up until 2 o’clock in the morning. I played [Friday], was throwing up during the game. I tried to eat again, then threw that up again.”
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Even if you don’t care about the Olympics, Aly Raisman’s parents are amazing.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
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Michael Morse’s home run on Sunday plunked a dude on the head.
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Bradley Beal is always so hungry.
“The 25th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival got off to a rollicking start when a parade of an estimated 800 beer-lovin’ folks wound its way through southeast Portland.” Great pics, too. Beer lovers are weird.