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Senators Grille

Display it, and they will come
Teamless, D.C. must subsist on memories and memorabilia

Senators Grille, Holiday Inn on the Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. N.W., (202) 347-7678
The Rock, 717 Sixth St. N.W., (202) 842-7625
Grand Slam Sports Bar, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. N.W., (202) 582-1234
Crystal City Sports Pub, 529 S. 23rd St., Arlington, (202) 521-8215
Champion Billiards Cafe, Federal Plaza, 1776 E. Jefferson St., Rockville, (301) 231-4949
MCI National Sports Gallery, MCI Center, F Street between Sixth and Seventh streets N.W., (202) 628-3200. Enter F Street side; take elevator to third floor.
National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets N.W., (202) 357-2700
Jeff's Baseball Corner, 5536-A Port Royal Rd., Springfield, (703) 321-9209
House of Cards, 2411 University Blvd. W., Wheaton, (301) 933-0355
Orioles' Baseball Store, 1666 K St. N.W., (202) 296-2473


By Theodore Fischer, Sidewalk

Senators Grille, a Capitol Hill sports bar, certainly possesses the world's greatest collection of Senatorsiana. Crammed display cases and every vertical surface exhibit yearbooks, baseball cards, posters, bats, mitts, uniforms, clippings and lyrics to the team song "Our Washington Senators." A Griffith Stadium ticket booth serves as the cashier's kiosk, a mural depicts the stadium on a sunny day and tables are laminated with newspaper accounts of Senators World Series games. How's the food? Suffice it to say it does nothing to compromise the Senators' mystique.

Other great places to ogle memorabilia and watch the playoffs are The Rock, a playground with 33 televisions for sports nuts near MCI Center; the Grand Slam Sports Bar in the Grand Hyatt Hotel; the Crystal City Sports Pub in Arlington, where five satellite dishes feed 27 TVs; and Rockville's Champion Billiards Cafe.

The only scent of the Senators at the MCI National Sports Gallery at MCI Center is a large display case filled with Walter Johnson memorabilia: a Hall of Fame plaque, a photo of a testimonial dinner at the Mayflower Hotel, a letter from Franklin D. Roosevelt and much more. But most of the gallery's lower level is devoted to baseball exhibits, including an 1840 ball and other prehistoric equipment, photos of the greats and a bat used by Babe Ruth that you can actually touch. The gallery also has two interactive baseball games: "Call to the Bullpen" tests pitching prowess and "Bottom of the Ninth" pits batters with real bats against a pitching machine.

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? To "Champions of American Sport," a permanent exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, across Seventh Street from the MCI Center. There are three Baseball magazine covers of the "Yankee Clipper," photos of other immortals and great baseball moments, and a cute statue of legendary manager Casey Stengel.

And while the "Champions of American Sport" exhibit has nothing on the Senators (surprise, surprise), you can buy some old yearbooks (for $100 and up) and magazine covers of Senators sluggers Harmon Killebrew and Frank Howard at Jeff's Baseball Corner. House of Cards sells pennants and balls signed by the "Killer" and "Hondo," but a rare circa 1960s bat signed by the entire team is (supposedly) not for sale.

While you can't go to a baseball game in D.C., you can purchase tickets for Orioles home games at the Orioles' Baseball Store off Farragut Square. Tickets for the 1999 season go on sale in early January. The store sells other stuff, too, but it's all about the O's including lots of garments for Orioles hatchlings and $400 bats autographed by Cal Ripken and Eddie Murray.

See also: Memories of the Senators in Baseballtown, D.C.

Theodore Fischer, 1801 August Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20902, Tel: 301-593-9797, Fax: 301-593-9798, email: