Saturday, January 26, 2013

Hail to the newest Chief!

Quick, name the first US President to throw out the first pitch of Opening Day at a big league baseball game?

The Washington Nationals have announced the addition of a fifth contestant in the team's Presidents Race.

This week the Nationals posted this on their Twitter page...

The rumors are true – there will be a  racing in 2013! But who will it be? Find out at !

Then came this Tweet from racer President Teddy Roosevelt...

Just heard the news... ? Looks like I'll have my work cut out for me this season. Wonder who it could be...

Last October 5th, President Teddy finally won a race after years of losing to President's Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln.

Speculation on who would become the new Presidential Racer began, with JFK being my choice.

The came the team's official announcement, via Twitter, of course...

BREAKING:  come to terms with  as, pending physical: 

Here's the official announcement, at Nats Fest, video courtesy of the great Nats fans over at 

Here are your contenders for the start of the 2013 Washington Nationals Presidents Race...

The 27th President, William Howard Taft, is the perfect choice for the Nats, and the answer to the trivia question.

In 1910 President Taft became the very first US President to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day.

Taft tossed the first presidential first pitch for the Washington Senators home opener on April 14th, 2010.

Taft first appeared at a Senators game when he arrived in the 2nd inning of the 1909 game on April 19th.

Here's a complete list of President Taft's visits to Senators games, courtesy of Baseball .

Over on Baseball you'll find a brief baseball story on Mr. Taft.

One of my favorite baseball sites, referenced above, is Let Teddy Win, a blog that details the Nationals Presidents Race.

Oh, I should mention my favorite President Racer, and my #1 fave US President, the Honorable Abraham Lincoln.

Honest Abe also happens to be the #1 Nats Presidential Racer, having won 214 times.


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  2. Nice post, nice blog ...but Abe Cheats!