In August 1969, I had the chance to try on Hondo’s jersey. It was bigger than I was! I watched him play on Opening Day twice, coach on Opening Day three times, and on August 26, 2016, was on hand when he was inducted into the Ring of Honor at Nationals Park. Thanks to the trusting support of broadcaster and baseball historian Phil Wood, I was able to recreate in 2021 that jersey experience, wearing one of Frank’s actual 1969 road jerseys while visiting his statue outside Nationals Park.
Washington Nationals 5, Arizona Diamondbacks 3