April 6, 2010

DOES NO ONE EDIT POLITICS DAILY?:

Barack Obama and Baseball: The President's (Other) Game
(Carl M. Cannon, 4/05/10, Politics Daily)

So it's not their own playing ability that is of most interest; the most skilled baseball players were not necessarily the most successful presidents. True, Dwight D. Eisenhower was the best baseball player to hold the job, and he left the White House in 1961 with high approval ratings after two terms in office. But the second-best ballplayer ever to work out of the Oval Office may have been Gerald Ford, who couldn't hold his job in the starting rotation, so to speak, for even one season: Jerry Ford lost his election bid to a slow-pitch softball player from Plains, Ga., whose dealings with organized baseball foreshadowed (and even helped explain) his aloof and ineffectual dealings with Congress.

As president, Jimmy Carter couldn't be bothered to even attend a major league game for his first three years in office -- and he was the only president in the past century not to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.


The best baseball player of all time--period--begs to differ:

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 6, 2010 5:16 AM
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