It is Sunday and time for The Sunday Request on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
@sullybaseball if you were tapped to produce a “true story” baseball movie, what story would you like to see told?
— Nathaniel Wakeman (@wakemanna) September 5, 2014
What movie would I want to see?
Maybe a colorful and complicated brawling manager… or a woman who ran a powerful Negro League team… or a pitcher who could have been brilliant and insane… or the least likely World Series clincher of all time.
I put on my movie producer hat on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
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On Oct. 1, 1971 in the last game played by the Washington Senators at RFK Stadium, fans began tearing apart the stadium and field to claim souvenirs. Much like the current Washington Nationals are tearing apart Washington, D.C.
A lot is made of the Chicago Cubs (not winning a World Series since 1909 – or playing in one since 1945) and Boston Red Sox decades long pursuit of World Series titles and the pressure from it – before knocking the monkey from their back in 2004.
But that cannot compare to the pressure of being in town without baseball for 33 years – and having not played in the World Series at all since the Joe Cronin led 1933 squad lost.
From 1971 – 2004, Thirty-three World Series champions were crowned without a team from Washington, D.C. even entering the fight.