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Take Me Out to the Ball Game at Griffith Stadium Washington, DC

Griffith Stadium, located at Georgia and Florida Avenues in Washington, DC, was the home of the Washington Senators Baseball Club between the years of 1911 and 1965 when it was then demolished. The vacant lot later became the site of the Howard University Hospital. The location of the parking lot in today’s photo at 2035 Georgia Ave NW was found after searching for the address of Baxter McKinney’s Ford Authorized Auto Repair shop in the 1920 issue of “Boyd’s Directory of the District of Columbia.”

A post-World War II aerial image of the stadium below was found at Wikipedia along with the complete history of the Ball Park. In this photograph, the building that housed McKinney’s Shop and the parking lot can be seen in the upper right-hand side of the picture.

The parking lot view in the lead image and the enlargeable version of it below show an assortment of fairly average cars of the early to-mid-twenties, with the exception of one that may be a Cadillac located in the middle of the second row up from the bottom of the photo. Another automobile of interest is the sporty-looking roadster with disc wheels on the far-right of the same row. Tell us what you find of interest in this photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress.

 

15 responses to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game at Griffith Stadium Washington, DC

  1. I love it when my two passions are combined in a picture such as this, baseball and pre-1932 automobiles. I actually found two examples of my favorite Ford Model T in the parking lot, the (center door) Sedan . A minor historical correction….the Senators last season in D.C. Was 1960. The Griffith family moved the team to Minnesota in 1961.

  2. I spot a 1922-23 Chandler in the second row front the right with it’s distinctive rear window.
    Also a Cleveland from the same vintage in the spot where the Model T is about to park.

  3. In the 3rd photograph, lower right corner, is a delivery wagon which appears to only make deliveries during the day [there are no head lights].

  4. That disc wheel roadster looks as if it might have a fat man steering wheel. From the left in that row looks like Essex, Ford T coupe, Hudson, Chev (?) sedan, Cadillac and Buick. The big sedan next to the Buick might bean older limo with the carriage lamps on the upper B pillar? The subtle differences in designs of the era are illustrated by the two touring cars in the front row, next to the depot hack with no lenses. One has a straight lower edge to the windshield, the other is curved. The left one has the headlights above the cross bar, the other has the cross bar in the middle of the lights. I haven’t worked either car out but that badge on the cross bar must be a clue. Note also the early Yellow Cab in the background. This looks to be the era before the Ford T became so ubiquitous.

    • The T owners probably parked on the street! After all, the parking costs 25 cents. The sign over the entrance is translucent. It reads 25¢ Auto Parking 25¢. It appears more Ts are on the street.

  5. Second row second car from the right is a Chandler. Note the shape of the Chandler emblem is repeated in the frame of the rear window.

  6. David , I found only one vehicle with sidemounts in the entire foto… it appears to be a 4 door open tourer w/ its’ top up, I don’t know the make or year. Since I’m not as familiar w/ autos of this vintage, maybe some one could speak to this… I find it interesting?

        • Mark, thanks for the response… I had no idea. I went back and carefully reread your earlier note and realised you’d identified the very same vehicle… what were your clues. Did you ever work out the identities of the 2 touring (?) cars in the first row.

          AND, today’s feed Wayne, I’d wondered about the same vehicle as it seemed to be the only 2 toned vehicle in the foto. Didn’t think of your question, but find it pretty reasonable… Mark again… the answer!!!

          Mark- i’m impressed = you are a veritable wealth of information, Have you lived the era or studied it, intensely? Here’s your fact checker, David!!!

    • Yellow cab. Livery is the same as a photo I found by searching for Yellow Cab 1920’s (found a 1922 version, but this one seems a bit more recent. Still, black hood with emblem on the back door.

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