Play Ball, Mr. President: A Century of Baseballs Signed by U. S. Presidents

Overview

The game of baseball and the American presidency have a long and storied history, starting even before there was a president. George Washington, years before he became the nation's first leader, played a bat and ball game called Rounders, a precursor to baseball, in Revolutionary War camps. By 1860, political cartoonist were using baseball as a backdrop to depict Abraham Lincoln's election victory and Lincoln was known to play the game on the White House lawn. In the 20th century and beyond, baseball has indeed ...

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Overview

The game of baseball and the American presidency have a long and storied history, starting even before there was a president. George Washington, years before he became the nation's first leader, played a bat and ball game called Rounders, a precursor to baseball, in Revolutionary War camps. By 1860, political cartoonist were using baseball as a backdrop to depict Abraham Lincoln's election victory and Lincoln was known to play the game on the White House lawn. In the 20th century and beyond, baseball has indeed become a veritable presidential pastime, and it is inconceivable that the office could now be held by someone who is without first-hand knowledge of the game.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601940209
  • Publisher: Advantage Media Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Cohen is curator of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. His love for baseball was sparked at his first Tee Ball game, and has grown into a lifelong passion. Dan has worked on a number of exhibitions at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, including Peanuts at Bat featuring the baseball work of Charles Schulz and Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente, which explores the life of Clemente through art and artifacts. The museum also features a permanent collection that includes one of Babe Ruth's bats from the historic 1927 season, and a nineteenth-century bat made for Pete Browning, who was Louisville's first baseball superstar. Cohen lives in Louisville with his wife and daughter.

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