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Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand
Friday, August 22, 2014
Long winning streaks are part of the fabric and lore of baseball. They just aren’t part of the fabric and lore of D.C. As a kid, I became a Senators fan in third grade. I was a sophomore in high school, more than seven seasons and 1,100 games later, before I saw my first winning streak of more than five games.
We heard that other towns had streaks that stretched for weeks, not days. The 1916 New York Giants won 26 in a row, though with a tie game stuck there. The Cubs once won 21 in a row. But from 1956 through the team’s exodus in ’71, D.C. had only six winnings streaks of more than five games in 15 years. Newspapers hailed anything longer than back-to-back wins as a “streak.” Better use that “Nats Win Streak Hits Three” headline while you still can.
Now times have not only changed but inverted. Go on, get excited. The Nats’ series with San Francisco this weekend is history knocking.
An article that packs a (Douglass) Wallop—and the devil isn’t in these details.
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