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Nationals Hope to End Washington World Series Drought Dating to 1924

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Nationals pitcher Joe Ross after Adrian Gonzalez, rounding bases, hit a two-run first-inning homer off him Monday as the Dodgers evened the teams’ National League division series with a Game 4 win.

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LOS ANGELES — The Chicago Cubs, a franchise haunted by tales of billy goats, curses and deflected foul balls, have enthralled baseball fans this year in their pursuit of history. They posted the best record in baseball during the regular season and have advanced to the National League Championship Series with the goal of ending a World Series drought of 108 years.

Peel back the layers of history, however, and another franchise and city have also endured longstanding heartbreak and playoff futility. A Washington baseball team has not won the World Series since the Senators did so in 1924. In fact, a Washington-based baseball team has not won a playoff series since then, either.

The Washington Nationals, the third incarnation of major league baseball in the city, will host the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night at Nationals Park in the…

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