Beginning in the late 1960s, the Senators marked the landing spots of slugger Frank Howard’s longest home runs at RFK by painting the seats white.
In a 2004 interview with The Baltimore Sun, Howard recalled what Senators Manager Ted Williams once said about the publicity stunt: “There are 20 white seats and 17,000 seats in the whole upper deck. You see those 16,980 [other] seats? Those are all the times the [guy] struck out.”
On Tuesday, the Nationals announced that they will begin marking the landing spots of long (i.e., landing in the third deck or Red Porch) and/or significant home runs at Nationals Park in similar fashion. Initially, the seats where the following six home runs landed will be painted a different color than the surrounding seats:
Home runs that land in the Red Porch’s red seats will be painted blue. The other home run-marking seats will be painted red.
UPDATE: As a reader points out, Werth’s walk-off landed in the bullpen. That home run will be marked with a plaque instead of a seat. All of the painted seats will also feature small plaques.