1953 Congressional Baseball Ticket/tiles/non-collection/c/cbg_05_05_1953_ seat_ 548_ 11_hc.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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A heartbreaking loss for the Republican team, the June 5, 1953, Congressional Baseball Game at Griffith Stadium attracted celebrated athletes, Joe DiMaggio and Lefty Grove, as spectators.
Games were initially held at American League Park in northwest Washington, D.C., and its successor Griffith Park, which was built at the same location. In 1962, the game was moved to the new District Stadium (later known as Robert F. Kennedy [RFK] Stadium), where it remained until 1972.

For the next two decades, the teams played at the Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, and Four Mile Run Park in Alexandria, Virginia. In one case, the match was relocated to Langley High School in McLean, Virginia. By 1995, the game was played at the new Prince George’s County Stadium in Bowie, Maryland. A decade later, the event returned to RFK Stadium where it was held until the new Nationals Park Stadium opened in 2008.