The last time a Washington baseball team qualified for the postseason, in 1933, legendary Washington Post sports columnist Shirley Povich was there to record what happened. The following column, from Oct. 9, 1933, was republished in the 2005 book “All Those Mornings . . . At the Post,” a collection of Povich’s best work compiled by former Post sports editor George Solomon.
Solomon wrote the column’s introduction.
Well, now, that was a World Series for you. Go back to the days of the Hitless Wonder White Sox of 1906, the prewar triumphs of the Phillies, Braves and Red Sox, finger through the postbellum records of the Yankees, Cardinals and Athletics and you will find no Series more pleasing to the eye than the World Series of 1933.
The Washington Senators lost the 1933 World Series to the New York Giants, four games to one, in what would be the team’s last appearance in the Fall Classic. For the next 40 years, Povich covered a losing team. But as Red Smith once said of Povich’s years with the second division: “You learn baseball by covering the last-place team, not the first. You learn through their mistakes and young players talk to you about them.” Povich put it simply: “You learn to detach yourself — after all it’s only a game. Thus, you can have some fun.”