Clinch brings back memories of 1933

Clinch brings back memories of 1933

Clinch brings back memories of 1933
Much has changed in the 79 long years since the Washington D.C. area last experienced playoff baseball.

After a 4-1 win over the Dodgers on Thursday night, the Nationals will become the first D.C.-based baseball team to play October baseball since the Senators played in the World Series in 1933.

Improving their record to 91-58 and their magic number to eight in order to win the National League East title, the Nats are 5 1/2 games ahead of the Braves in the NL East standings.

"It has been a long time since we've even had the chance to play one game in the playoffs," Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said. "It is a huge step, but we have bigger goals.

"It is great for this city to have a team to cheer about. It is a lot of fun."

That 1933 team, which lost to the New York Giants in five games in the World Series, was led by All-Star shortstop and manager Joe Cronin. Going 99-53 that season, the Senators also had 24-game winner Alvin Crowder and left fielder Heinie Manush, who tallied 221 hits that year.

While the names on the back of the uniforms have changed since then, so has the landscape of the capital city and the country, the cost of living and popular culture.

Back in '33, the Lincoln Memorial was only 11 years old, Franklin Roosevelt was in his first year as President of the United States and Prohibition had just ended.

That same year also marked the beginning of the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

It was also a big time for baseball, with the first Major League Baseball All-Star Game taking place at Comiskey Field in Chicago.

When it came to the cost of everyday living, things were much cheaper. It cost 25 cents to go to the movies, 16 cents for a gallon of milk and seven cents for a loaf of bread.

It cost $445 for a new car and 10 cents for a gallon of gas. To put a roof over your head also cost an average of $5,750.

At the movies, "I'm No Angel," starring Mae West, was the highest-grossing film of the year, while "Little Women," starring Katharine Hepburn, and "King Kong," starring Fay Wray, were also big hits. On the charts, some of the biggest hits included "Shadow Waltz" by Bing Crosby and "Stormy Weather" by Ethel Waters.

With so much time passing since that last playoff berth, the Nats are happy that fans can celebrate. However, the team is making sure fans know it has more to accomplish.

"We have come a long way with a lot of hard work and dedication," shortstop Ian Desmond said. "We are excited to have this opportunity, but this isn't the clinch we want. We have a bigger picture in mind and we are going to keep playing hard."

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.