Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Father of D.C. baseball in danger of being forgotten
Miles away, a long-forgotten hero stands sentry outside RFK Stadium, the Nationals' former temporary park. This memorial to Clark Griffith, longtime owner and manager of Washington's team, was erected in 1956, one year after the Old Fox died and four years before his nephew Calvin moved the team he so loved to Minnesota.
Ted Leavengood, managing editor of the popular Seamheads.com website, is waging a one-man campaign to return Griffith to a place of prominence in the city for which he did so much for so long. His biography, Clark Griffith: The Old Fox of Washington Baseball, tells the story of a baseball lifer, who literally mortgaged his own home to invest in his dream of bringing a title to D.C. My review is now available on BaseballAmerica.com.