Nearly 50 years ago, a crew of All-Stars were supposed to line the field at the old RFK Stadium in Washington on a midsummer night for a game of baseball. Instead, there was only one major player on the grass: rain.
Water pelted the District, transforming the field into a soggy, unplayable, mucky carpet. Streams of rain gushed down the steps into the dugouts, flooding them.
That 1969 MLB All-Star game was eventually played the next day. Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench hit a home run, and San Francisco Giants first baseman Willie McCovey hammered two, handing the National League the year’s crown.
Now, after a lengthy stretch of dry midsummer classics, there’s rain...