Baseball: The Presidents' Game
No sport has captured the personal and political attention of America's presidents like baseball. Baseball: The Presidents' Game celebrates this ... Show synopsis No sport has captured the personal and political attention of America's presidents like baseball. Baseball: The Presidents' Game celebrates this longstanding and intimate relationship through a unique collection of photographs - many of which have never been published elsewhere - and a trove of baseball lore. The stories and images of presidents and baseball will engage any fan. George Washington tossed balls with his troops at Valley Forge. Abraham Lincoln campaigned with political cartoons featuring baseball players. In the years after the war, baseball became so popular that Andrew Johnson called it "the national game." William Howard Taft became the first president to throw out the traditional opening day ball, April 19, 1910. Two presidents were skillful players themselves: Dwight Eisenhower had a brief semi-pro career, played under a pseudonym, that could have jeopardized his military future; and George Bush played first base on the Yale varsity team that twice reached the finals of the College World Series. Two other presidents, Woodrow Wilson and Richard Nixon, were scholars of the game as well as avid fans.