The Washington Nationals will wear their '36 Senators throwbacks and the Padres will turn the clock back too, hopefully donning what were then pin-striped duds. 8:35 pm EDT in D.C., John Lannan vs Clayton Richard, 1936-style. Throw down a saw buck or a Lincoln for some rot gut and tune in, should be a real ring-a-ding-ding, pally and hopefully not another trip for biscuits for the k-balling Senators' tin offense.
The reason for the retro fashion night at Petco Park? The Padres are celebrating the 75th anniversary of their inaugural year in San Diego, when they were the Pacific Coast League's San Diego Padres. Padres owner Bill Lane had moved the team from Los Angeles to a new waterfront park in San Diego, and 1936 was their inaugural campaign in the pristine California locale. The most famous name on that '36 Padres roster? A 17 year old kid named Ted Williams. I think he ended up doing OK for himself in the big leagues.