You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball from 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions

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“First in War, First in Peace . . . and Last in the American League.” Expressions such as this characterized the legend and lore of baseball in the nation's capital, from the pioneering Washington Nationals of 1859 to the Washington Senators, whose ignominious departure in 1971 left Washingtonians bereft of the national pastime for thirty-three years. This reflective book gives the complete history of the game in the D.C. area, including the 1924 World Series championship team and the Homestead Grays, the perennial Negro League pennant winners from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s who consistently outplayed the Senators. New chapters describe the present-day Nationals, who, in 2012, won the National League East led by the arms of Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg and the bats of Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche and rookie Bryce Harper. The book is filled with the voices of current and former players, along with presidents, senators, and political commentators who call the team their own.

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Frederic J. Frommer is an AP writer and the author of The Washington Baseball Fan’s Little Book of Wisdom and co-author of Red Sox vs. Yankees: The Great Rivalry and Growing Up Baseball. He lives in Washington with his wife and two sons.

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“The definitive book on the history of baseball in Washington, Fred Frommer’s You Gotta Have Heart, reads like a character study on a one-sided relationship.”
—Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports (Yahoo)

The national pastime has a rich history in the nation's capital, and Frederic Frommer tells this fascinating story splendidly. No fan's library should be without this book. (George F. Will, The Washington Post)

Washington baseball history is full of characters: from Dummy Hoy to The Big Train, from Sam Rice to Ted Williams, Frank Robinson to Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper. You Gotta Have Heart is a fun read as diverse and adventurous as the capital city itself. Stroll down the Boulevard de Base Ball and revisit the Golden Age of the ’20s, the brilliance of the Negro Leagues, and the loss of the Senators, twice! The new Nationals aren't going anywhere, and neither are you once you pick up this gem. Good luck putting it down! (Bob Carpenter, sportscaster and announcer for the Washington Nationals)

For those of us who sat watching the Washington Nationals before they became good—and were grateful for the opportunity—and who drive by the site of the old Griffith Stadium wondering what it was like in the really old days of Washington baseball, Fred Frommer’s authoritative history is an absolute treat—as it will be for anybody who just happens to like a good baseball yarn. (Jerry Seib, Washington bureau chief, The Wall Street Journal)

There's something here for fans of any age . . . in the definitive You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball from 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions. (Paul Hagen, MLB.com)

It is a fabulous read, both from a baseball point of view and from a history of Washington, D.C. (Mark Segraves, reporter for NBC 4 in Washington and host of NewsPlus on DC 50 TV)

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