1946 National Runners-Up 1947 National Champions 1948 National Runners-Up 1949 National Runners-Up 1954 National Runners-Up 1956 National Champions 1958 National Runners-Up 1960 National Champions 1962 National Champions 1965 National Runners-Up 1970 National Runners-Up 1977 National Runners-Up 1986 National Champions 1988 National Runners-Up 1996 National Runners-Up 1997 National Champions 1998 National Champions 1999 National Champions 2001 National Champions 2002 National Champions 2007 National Runners-Up 2008 National Runners-Up

1967 Altoona Regional Champions 1973 Fairfax Regional Champions 1978 Altoona Regional Champions 1981 Livonia Regional Champions 1986 Altoona Regional Champions 1990 Zanesville Regional Champions 1996 Altoona Regional Champions 1999 Altoona Regional Champions 2002 Zanesville Regional Champions 2007 Altoona Regional Champions

Games Record Win% RF RA Diff
321 219  - 102 0.682 2379 1582 +797

Joined 1945
First Tournament 1945
Last Tournament 2008
Franchise Status Defunct
   
Seasons 61 
Regionals 15
Tournaments 58
   
Best Finish 1st
Worst Finish 14th
Average Finish 4th
DNQs 3
   
Upper Bracket 20
Lower Bracket 2

 

1st 10 Finalist 22
2nd 12
3rd 14 At or above
500
53
4th 5
5th 2
6th 3
7th 3
8th 4
9th 1 Below
500
5
10th 2
11th 1
12th  
13th  
14th 1
15th  
16th+  

About Washington

Washington is one of the most succesful franchises in AAABA history, having won the third most championship (10).

After a winless campaign during the inaugural AAABA national tournament, Washington hosted the tournament in 1946 and finished in 2nd place with a 5-2 record. Manager Jimmy Munroe then brought his Marx Jewelers back to Johnstown for the 1947 tournament and this time finished on top by defeating New Orleans in the final two games of the bracket.

From 1948 to 1962, Joe Branzell led the Washington clubs, represented first by Marx Jewelers, then Boys Club, and finally Federal Storage. His teams compiled a 64-26 record in 15 tournaments, winning the championship in 1956, 1960, and 1962. Washington competed in every tournament until 1964 when the World Ports club lost in the Altoona Regional which featured New Orleans, Detroit, and Baltimore.

Martz Insurance was the new sponsor for the team in 1965 and manager Edsel Martz's teams finished in the Top Three 6 times in 8 years but never won the title. Washington continued to post consistent and respectable records through the 1970s and 1980s as teams such as Stroube's Mobil, Mack's, and the Virginia Rangers compiled a 27-20 record in 10 years. Washington missed their second tournament in 1983, against losing at the Altoona Regional, with loses to Altoona and New Brunswick.

The 1984 season brought Chuck Farris and his Reston Raiders to Johnstown, and after a pair of mediocre 2-2 season, Washington once again claimed the title in 1986. The Raiders first swept through the Altoona Regional, then mercy-ruled Baltimore 13-2 on the opening day of the national tournament. After wins over Brooklyn and New Orleans, Washington lost to Philadelphia in the winner's bracket final. A high-scoring 14-10 win over New Orleans got the Raiders back on track and into the finals. On Sunday, Washington swept a double-header against Philadelphia, winning 3-2 and 5-4 at Point Stadium for the championship.

Although the Raiders remained in the top 3 for the next two seasons, the club struggled in the final years of the 1980s, and once against lost in the regionals in 1993.

In 1997, Mac Covington's Prince William Gators went undefeated in Johnstown to win the franchise's 6th championship. The Gators scored in double-digits in 5 of their 6 wins: 24-3 over Chicago-Metro; 12-11 over Baltimore; 13-7 over Altoona; 17-7 over Milford; 7-5 over Baltimore; and 11-0 over Milford.

Washington repeated as champions in 1998, now represented by Chris Burr's Arlington Senators. The Senators earned the three-peat in 1999 with another undefeated campaign, and followed with 2 more championship in 2001 and 2002. Their only loses in 2000 were to champion New Orleans. In 2001 as in 1986, Washington won the final two games over the previously-undefeated team, this time being Johnstown.

After a 3rd place finish in 2003, the Senators were replaced by the Bethesda Big Train, who left winless after bouts with Baltimore (5-4) and New Orleans (2-1) on the first two days of the tournament. It was the first time since 1945 and only second time in their history that Washington had failed to record a win in Johnstown.

Washington did not compete in the next two seasons, but returned in 2007 as the McLean Raiders. The franchise showed a return to form and placed second both times, losing both championship games to Baltimore, but the revival lasted only two seasons. The collapse of the once-great Clark Griffith League marked the end of the Washington franchise.


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