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Baseball: The Presidents' Game Paperback – April 1, 1997
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From Library Journal
According to Mead ( Two Spectacular Seasons, LJ 2/1/90) and Dickson ( Paul Dickson's Baseball Dictionary, LJ 3/15/89), every U.S. President except Rutherford B. Hayes had a connection with baseball or one of the earlier versions of the game. The authors assert that both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln played some form of the game. They also detail the associations of later chief executives, in the form of playing, attending opening games, etc. The authors even include Richard Nixon's all-star picks. This picture-packed collection of White House anecdotes is fun reading. Recommended for most sports collections.
- Morey Berger, St. Joseph's Hosp. Medical Lib., Tucson
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“This is a perfectly wonderful book.” ―Kansas City Star
“[When] you read the book, and look at the pictures, you realize how much character is revealed in the nexus where president meets national pastime. The game implies the man.” ―The Washington Post
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Authors Mead and Dickson have compiled this entertaining look at how each president, beginning with one of the most UNathletic chief executives, William Howard Taft, has related to the national pastime. For example, while rough- and-ready Teddy Roosevelt was not much of a fan, Franklin Roosevelt was instrumental in keeping baseball going during the dark years of World War II.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was a pretty fair ballhand, a minor leaguer who found greener pastures in military and political pursuits. And Richard Nixon was considered by some to be an astute student of the game.
The President's Game is well-illustrated with seldom-seen photos and would be a welcome addition to both the baseball and the political science fan's libary.