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From the Oval Office to the Diamond, Smith Book Tracks the Presidents and Baseball

The National Game

There is a famous political cartoon from the 1860 U.S. Presidential election, depicting Abraham Lincoln winning a baseball game against fellow candidates John Bell, Stephen Douglas and John Breckinridge. The Currier & Ives piece uses terminology like “put out,” “strike,” “short stop,” “home run” and “fair ball,” words that would be familiar to voters even then, ...

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Smith Reveals The History Between U.S. Presidents And Baseball

Taft First Pitch

Acclaimed author Curt Smith chronicles the historic relationship between baseball and the U.S. presidency. Smith’s new book, The Presidents and the Pastime: The History of Baseball and the White House (University of Nebraska Press) is now available.  Described by USA Today as “the voice of authority on baseball broadcasting,” Smith draws on his background as a former White House ...

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