Fanfare

Elephants and donkeys are paraded into Griffith Stadium at the start of the 1926 game./tiles/non-collection/c/cbg_baseball_american_ league_park_1926_lc.xml Image courtesy of the Library of Congress Elephants and donkeys are paraded into Griffith Stadium at the start of the 1926 game.
In the early years of the game, each team wore a uniform that was either plain or had the words “Republicans” or “Democrats” embroidered on it. In modern games, Members typically have worn uniforms of the professional baseball teams or universities in their congressional districts. In the 1920s, pomp and fanfare preceded each game. The Navy and Marine Corps bands traditionally kicked off the festivities with patriotic tunes. In 1926, the Republicans paraded into American League Field on a live elephant, while in 1932 both teams had costumed mascots entertain the crowds. During the 1960s, the teams had cheerleaders dressed in uniforms.