Years, combined, that the NBA's Wizards (n� Bullets) and the NHL's Capitals called themselves Washington teams while playing their home games in Maryland; both moved to the MCI Center in December 1997
"First in war, first in peace and last in the American League."
OFT-QUOTED LINE ABOUT THE NATION'S CAPITAL DURING ITS YEARS AS HOME TO THE PERENNIALLY CELLAR-DWELLING SENATORS, WHO MOVED TO TEXAS IN 1972 AND BECAME THE RANGERS
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Elgin Baylor, Basketball player
The Lakers' forward was an 11-time NBA All-Star and averaged 27.4 points in his career (1958-72). Known for his inventive offensive moves, he had a 68-point game at Springam High. He didn't play hoops until age 14 because D.C. playgrounds were closed to blacks.
John Thompson, Basketball coach
The 6'10" former NBA center coached Georgetown to 14 straight NCAA tournament berths and the 1984 title. As a player he starred at D.C.'s Archbishop John Carroll High and Providence and was a backup to Bill Russell on the Celtics' 1965 and '66 championship teams.
Dave Bing, Basketball player
The second overall pick in the 1966 NBA draft was a seven-time All-Star and averaged 20.3 points over 12 seasons, mainly with the Pistons. The guard from Springam High went to Syracuse and was a consensus All-America while lifting that program to respectability.
Maury Wills, Baseball player
One of the game's great base runners, the Dodgers' infielder led the majors in steals for six straight seasons (1960-65). In '62 he stole 104 bases, breaking a 47-year-old big league record, and was the NL's MVP. He was a star quarterback and pitcher at Cardozo High.
Adrian Dantley, Basketball player
The six-time NBA All-Star played small forward and was a deadeye shooter. He had a .540 field goal percentage in his 15-year career. He starred at Notre Dame and averaged more than 30 points for the Utah Jazz for four straight seasons (1980-81 through '83-84).
Willie Wood, Football player
The Hall of Fame safety from Armstrong High played in eight NFL title games with the Green Bay Packers. Though he went undrafted out of USC, he intercepted 48 NFL passes and played in eight Pro Bowls during his 12-year NFL career (1960-71).