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Washington Baseball Timeline


Sept. 21, 1971: MLB owners approve the transfer of the Senators to Arlington, Tex., where they will become the Texas Rangers.

Sept. 30, 1971: The 10,852nd and seemingly final game played in Washington ends in a forfeit win for the New York Yankees. The Senators lead 7-5 with two out in the top of the 9th when fans storm onto the field. The field cannot be cleared and the umpires call the game.


Dec. 6, 1973: The relocation of the San Diego Padres to Washington D.C. is approved by National League owners, but prior to that sale the team is sold to McDonald's owner Ray Kroc, who elects to keep the club in Southern California.


1975-79: Numerous attempts to purchase Major League teams and move them to Washington fall through, and the city remains without baseball.

Washington Nationals Bag Policy

Please note: Backpacks may not be brought into Nationals Park except as otherwise provided in the Nationals Bag Policy. For a complete list of permitted bags and details about the Binbox storage option please click the Read More button below.