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Washington DC - Navy Yard: Nationals Park - Frank Howard statue

The statue of Frank Howard by husband and wife team, Omri Amrany and Julie Rotblatt, was erected in the Center Field Plaza of Nationals Park in 2009. The white bronze statue, along with those of fellow DC baseball heroes, Walter Johnson and Josh Gibson, seeks to capture the fourth dimension of movement.


Frank Howard, nicknamed Hondo and The Capital Punisher, played for the Washington Senators from 1965-1971. He also spent time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, and Taiheiyo Club Lions during his 17 year career. Howard was named the National League's Rookie of the Year in 1960. When he retired, he held the Washington/Texas franchise records for games, atbats, homers, hits, RBI's, runs, doubles and slugging.


Nationals Park, located along the Anacostia River in the Navy Yard neighborhood, replaced">RFK Stadium as the home for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball in 2008. The ballpark, designed by Populous (formerly HOK Sport) and Devrouax & Purnell Architects and Planners, seats 41,888 fans and cost $611 million to build. The park's name echoes the original name of the early-1900s ballpark used by the Washington Senators/Nationals, which was called National Park until it was rebuilt and renamed Griffith Stadium.

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Taken on June 6, 2009