And Now for a Name
With Major League Baseball announcing the move of the Montreal Expos to Washington, the city has much to celebrate -- and much to decide. One of the most exciting questions is this: What to name the team?
Mayor Anthony Williams has already stated his opposition to the Senators name and has called for an exploration of the Grays name.
Christopher Rehling, an educator with the Close Up Foundation, which works with teenagers, couldn't agree more. Rehling is the founder and president of Remember the Grays Inc.
Remember the Grays seeks to honor the Homestead Grays, perennial Negro National League champions during the 1930s and 40s, by naming a new Washington team after them. The Grays played half of their home games at Washington's old Griffith Stadium, continually outshining the lackluster Senators. The Grays often outdrew them as well, with crowds coming to see popular Hall of Famers such as Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard and Jamie "Cool Papa" Bell.
The new Washington Grays would inherit a winning legacy and honor those players who fought for baseball's integration. They would also be a marketing success, with retro-style jerseys and an in-stadium museum dedicated to some of the game's greatest players.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Web site, www.rememberthegrays.org.
We welcome any inquiries.
Laura K. Meissner
Vice President, Remember the Grays Inc.
I hope that they don't change the name of the baseball team. The name should be the Senators.
Former D.C. resident