The last two times the Senators hosted the Brewers on July 20, Richard Nixon showed up


(Via The Post’s archives)

The Nats will host the Brewers on July 20.

The last two times that happened, President Richard Nixon showed up.

The last time, in 1971, he came with about 3,800 of his best friends. He waved to Washington’s pitcher, chatted with Ted Williams and received a warm greeting from the crowd.

“Usually, a Chief Executive receives a mixed reception at the ball park,” The Post noted at the time.

The top of the game story:

In his first visit to RFK Stadium in exactly a year, President Nixon, the Senators’ No. 1 fan, last night inspired Dick Bosman to throw his first complete game since the opener 3 1/2 months ago.

Pitcher Bosman struck out 10 Milwaukee Brewers, the most by a Nats’ hurler this season. Batter Bosman knocked in three runs with a squeeze-bunt single and a line double. The combination was enough to assure his team of its third straight victory, 5-1, on a night when the Senators were outhit, 11 to 4.

“The club’s really hustling,” Mr. Nixon told his No. 1 fan, manager Ted Williams, after the game.

“I wish he had come into the clubhouse,” said Bosman. “I was going to give him the devil for not showing up before this year.”

The Chief Executive, accompanied by Mrs. Nixon and their daughter, Julie Eisenhower, arrived in the home fourth, his club leading, 3-1, and Bosman batting. The President, who missed the opener, Bosman’s shutout of Oakland, hadn’t attended a game here since last July 20 and the Senators defeated the Brewers on that date also.

Play was held up while the party was being seated and Mr. Nixon and Bosman exchanged waves. The crowd of 3,887, one of the smallest of the season, warmly greeted the President. Usually, a Chief Executive receives a mixed reception at the ball park.

Bosman then struck out. However, the next time up he drove a two-run double over the right fielder’s head and Mr. Nixon led the cheers for the hitting pitcher.


(Via The Post’s archives)

The story also noted that this was Nixon’s eighth trip to RFK Stadium since he became president. According to Baseball Almanac, it was also his last. That means his final two Senators home games came on July 20 against the Brewers, which is weird.

(Via @CBJinDC)

Scott somehow found this Senators game program in his memorabilia collection from September of 1970. See. He really was the No. 1 fan.

(Via Scott)
(Via Scott)
Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
Comments
Show Comments
Most Read Sports
Stats, scores and schedules
Next Story
Scott Allen · July 18

Every story. Every feature. Every insight.

Yours for as low as JUST 99¢!

Not Now