Baseball season has begun, at least in places where games haven't been snowed out (gotta love Chicago). It is a little known fact that Abraham Lincoln loved baseball, and was a pretty deft pitcher. In fact, if he had just been given a pitching tryout for the New York Yankees, his political career likely never would have happened, which would have resulted in a vastly different world.
Actually, it's not clear if Lincoln ever encountered baseball during his lifetime, though one imagines that if he could have swung a baseball bat as well as he swung an axe, he would have been a fierce hitter. And Snopes.com has a pretty compelling refutation of the "Castro as frustrated would-be baseball professional."
But Lincoln has a larger than life presence, literally, at the home games of the Washington Nationals. He is prominently featured in the mid-fourth inning "President's Race" between the four presidents carved on Mt. Rushmore. Last season, Lincoln was evidently the class of the field, winning almost 60% of the races. Like many baseball clubs, he was also very streaky, and many of his race wins came in clusters. (I know this because a blog has game-by-game results of the President's Race.)
Let's go to the video:
All anyone would care to know about the "President's Race" -- and a lot more -- is here on a blog dedicated to the event, "Let Teddy Win!" (because of a running gag where TR loses every race). (Yes, the pun was intended.)
A special tip of the stovepipe hat to The Abraham Lincoln Observer, who wrote about the race on his blog earlier this week.