June 16, 2006: Yankees return to RFK
Submitted by BTGrimes on Sat, 06/16/2012 - 4:30am
Yankees revisit a peaceful RFK
WASHIGTON, D.C. - The New York Yankees returned to RFK Stadium in Washington, D. C. on this date in 2006. They beat the Washington Nationals 7-5 in inter-league play. The last time the Bronx Bombers played a game that mattered at RFK was September 30, 1971 - the last game played by the old Washington Senators. The Yankees won that game too, but by a 9-0 forfeit when fans stormed the field in the bottom of the 9th and wouldn't leave. The fans were upset with the Senators leaving the nation's capital for the second time in ten years.
Here's where you need a scorecard to keep track; The Senators left the first time in 1961 and became the Minnesota Twins, but the deal that allowed owner Calvin Griffith to leave Washington for the Twin Cities brought a new franchise to D.C. in 1961 also called the Senators.
The new Senators played at old Griffith Stadium, still owned by the Griffiths' family, until "District of Columbia Stadium" was ready in 1962. D.C. Stadium became known as RFK Stadium after Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968. The new Senators' attendance reflected their play - dismal. They moved again in 1971, this time to the Dallas area where they became, and remain, the Texas Rangers.
To pour salt on the wounds of fans in Washington, D.C., the Minnesota Twins (the original Senators) made it to the World Series four years after leaving the nation's capital (1965). And they won the World Series in 1987 and 1991.
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