Cherry Blossoms and Opening Day

Baseballís opening day is around the corner.  Since it is the 100th anniversary of the opening of Wrigley Field in Chicago, it seems appropriate to highlight the Cubs.  Catcher Jimmy Archerís official baseball card in 1908 appears here:

 See the Library of Congressí entire extraordinary collection of baseball cards at the Library of Congress at

 The Old National League Park which predated Wrigley Field can be seen in a 1908 photo of a Giants vs. Cubs game at:

Wrigley Field is celebrated in this 1929 poster:

Todayís Washington weather makes it still more astonishing that the Washington Cherry Blossom Festival is around the corner.  The images and information that follows comes from Today in History at the Library of Congress (

View of Washington Monument, Cherry Blossoms and Tidal Basin
Theodor Horydczak, photographer, circa 1920-1950.

On March 27, 1912, First Lady Helen Herron Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted two Yoshino cherry trees on the northern bank of the Potomac River Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. The event celebrated the Japanese government's gift of 3,000 trees to the United States. Trees were planted along the Potomac Tidal Basin near the site of the future Jefferson Memorial, in East Potomac Park, and on the White House grounds.