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Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 07/27/2012

The last time the Nats were 20 games over .500

As you might have heard, the Nats are now 20 games over .500. It’s the first time a Washington baseball team has been 20 games over .500 since the very last day of the 1945 season.

As often happens in such situations, I was compelled to go back into the archives, to see how The Post covered it this achievement.

It was humorous.

Turns out that the last day of the Nats’ season was far from the last day of the MLB season, and Washington had to wait and hope for Detroit to collapse. That never happened. Still, Washington ended the season a very impressive 87-67.

The rest of Povich’s story is below.


The Nats lost the opening game of a double-header with the Athletics in a twelfth-inning horror episode that stemmed from Binks’ failure to take his sun glasses into centerfield. He lost a fly ball that dropped for a cheap two-base hit in the glare, and the Nats lost the ball game, 4 to 3.

It was the crowning kick-in-the-pants. Four innings before, the Nats had booted away Dutch Leonard’s 3-0 lead with grievous errors by Buddy Lewis and Cecil Travis in the eighth inning.

The Nats won the second game, 4-3, behind Marino Pieretti before it was called on account of darkness at the end of eight innings, and kept faintly alive the remnants of their pennant chances.

With the Nats now done for the season and compelled to writhe in idleness for the next week while the Tigers play the four remaining games of their schedule, the standings now read:


The issue is now clear cut. The Tigers can win the pennant by winning two of their four remaining games with Cleveland and St. Louis, or they can tie for the pennant by winning merely one game. Only four straight Detroit defeats could win the pennant for Washington.


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Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Archives, Shirley Povich

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