Washington Nationals

From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection containing tens of thousands of artifacts, our curators have created each team’s Starting Nine by hand-picking nine must-see pieces for each of the 30 MLB teams. This limited-time list is the perfect introduction to the Museum for every Washington Nationals fan.

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Andre Dawson: Hall of Fame Plaque

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Andre Dawson’s Hall of Fame plaque features “The Hawk” wearing the cap of the Montreal Expos, the club now known as the Washington Nationals. After 11 seasons with the Expos (1976-1986), Dawson left the club as the franchise career leader in games played, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, and steals.

Bryce Harper: Three-Homer Game Bat

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Wielding this bat, Washington outfielder Bryce Harper hit three home runs to lead the Nationals to a 7-5 victory over the visiting Miami Marlins, May 6, 2015. At the age of 22, Harper became the youngest player to hit three homers in a game since Joe Lahoud of the Red Sox in 1969.

Walter Johnson: Old Senators Uniform

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While today’s Washington Nationals feature some of the game’s most dominant pitchers, none have had a career quite like that of Walter Johnson, star of the old Washington Senators (now the Minnesota Twins). The author of 3,509 strikeouts, 110 career shutouts, and 417 career wins, “The Big Train” wore this uniform near the end of his 21 years with the club.

Howie Kendrick: World Series Home Run Ball

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In Game Seven of the 2019 World Series, Washington DH Howie Kendrick reversed the contest’s momentum when he knocked this ball off the right field foul pole in the seventh inning for a two-run homer, giving the Nationals a 3-2 lead they would not relinquish.

Dennis MartÍnez: Perfect Game Jersey

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Wearing this Montreal jersey on July 28, 1991, Dennis Martínez pitched the first perfect game in the history of the Expos/Nationals franchise. The 2-0 victory over the Dodgers in Los Angeles made the native of Nicaragua the first foreign-born pitcher to toss a big league perfecto.

Pete Rose: Record-Breaking Cap

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On June 29, 1984, over two decades before the Expos moved to Washington, D.C. to become the Nationals, Pete Rose wore this Montreal cap when he played in his 3,309th career game, breaking the big league record held by Boston Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski.

Max Scherzer: 20-Strikeout Game Cap

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Throwing 96 of his 119 pitches for strikes, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer wore this cap while whiffing a major-league-record 20 Detroit Tigers en route to a 3-2 complete-game victory, May 11, 2016.

Juan Soto: Rookie Season Jersey

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Juan Soto wore this jersey during his stellar 2018 rookie season with the Nationals. In 116 games, the Dominican native blasted 22 homers, notched 70 RBI, and finished second for NL Rookie of the Year honors. Soto’s sophomore season didn’t disappoint, as he was a major factor in the Nationals run to their first World Championship title.

Stephen Strasburg: World Series MVP Jersey

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With his club down three games to two in the 2019 World Series, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg donned this jersey for Game Six. The 2019 league leader in wins (18) and innings pitched (209) came through in the clutch, winning 7-2, to force a deciding seventh game.

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