SAN DIEGO - The Nationals are wearing 1936 Washington Senators uniforms tonight, donning the block W logo of the first team in Washington as part of a throwback night at San Diego's Petco Park. The Padres are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Pacific Coast League Padres, who began play in San Diego in 1936 and won a league championship the next year with a young, homegrown star named Ted Williams.
So the Padres are in throwbacks from the inaugural PCL Padres team, and the Nationals are wearing the Senators' old uniforms. The two other times the Nationals have worn the block W logo of the first Senators - as opposed to the curly W logo of the second Senators, which has obviously been adopted as the Nationals' permanent logo - were last year in Cleveland, when they wore the uniforms of the Senators' 1924 championship team, and in 2007, when they wore block W caps to honor the 100th anniversary of Walter Johnson's major league debut.
They also wore the 1970 Senators' uniforms in Baltimore last year, as part of a celebration of the Orioles' championship team from that year, and they've done a handful of Homestead Grays throwback days in Washington. And they wore Expos caps during batting practice once last year, when Gary Carter and Andre Dawson were inducted into the Nationals Park Ring of Honor.