Tuesday, August 23, 2005

August 23rd, 2005

Richard Barbieri Returns to Washington DC

I am moving again, this time from New York to the District of Columbia, meaning the "Annotated This Day" offices will have their third headquarters since January. However, I don't post this just to complain about the difficulties of moving (but hey, if you want to help, drop me a line!) but instead to write about District of Columbia born ballplayers.

Our Nation's Capital has provided eighty-eight Major Leaguers through the 2004 season, although only two, Angels' reliever Brendan Donnelly and journeyman outfielder Curtis Pride played in the 2004 season. Those eighty-eight men represent about a half a percent of all men to play the Majors, putting DC about equal with
Colorado and Mexico
in terms of players sent to the bigs. The District has never produced a Hall of Famer, the closest current candidates probably being Maury Wills, who like his son Bump, was born there. The elder Wills leads native Washingtonians in hits, runs, and stolen bases.

In a bit of trivia that I somehow missed but was uncovered by friend of Annotated This Day
Dave Studeman was that Doc White, the pitcher who avoided facing the Washington Senators for all those years was, in fact, a Washingtonian himself. I don't think this has anything to do with it, but it is interesting that White--who has the most wins of any DC resident--accumulated so few of them against his hometown team.

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