Swampoodle Grounds

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Swampoodle Grounds
Capitol Park II
Flickr - USCapitol - Washington Nationals baseball team of the National League circa 1886-1889.jpg
Swampoodle Grounds, with the United States Capitol building visible in background
LocationWashington, D.C.
Capacity6,000
SurfaceGrass
Opened1886
Tenants
Washington Nationals (NL) (18861889)

Swampoodle Grounds aka Capitol Park (II) was the home of the Washington Nationals baseball team of the National League from 1886 to 1889. The name refers to the one-time Swampoodle neighborhood of Washington.

The ballfield was located on a block bounded by North Capitol Street NE and tracks (west); F Street NE (south); Delaware Avenue NE (east); and G Street NE (north); a few blocks north of the Capitol building. Spectators faced toward the south and could see the Capitol dome. They could also see the McDowell and Sons Feed Mill, visible behind right field in the picture, and which was across F Street to the south.

The club moved a few blocks north, from Capitol Park (I) to the Swampoodle location, upon joining the National League. Local papers reported that the new grounds had more space and a more favorable lease. The papers often referred to the new grounds as Capitol Park, even as the previous Capitol Park was still in use, under the same name, for various types of entertainment. When referencing the previous park, the reports would general specify its location, to minimize possible confusion.

Portions of the site were eventually annexed as the site of the Union Station and of the Main Post Office, which is now the National Postal Museum.

Swampoodle Grounds held 6,000. The Washington Statesmen folded after the end of the 1889 season.

External links[edit]

  • Swampoodle Grounds at Project Ballpark
  • History of the McDowell plant
  • Frank Ceresi, Mark Rucker, Carol McMains (2002). Baseball in Washington, DC. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 14, 87, 107. ISBN 0-7385-1420-9.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)

Coordinates: 38°53′50″N 77°00′27″W / 38.8973°N 77.0075°W / 38.8973; -77.0075