October 21, 2011
BACK IN THEIR HEYDAY...:Baseball's Presidential All-Star Team (Jared Diamond, 10/21/11, WSJ)
This World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals is the most presidential in baseball history. Texas has three players with the same last name as a former U.S. President (Mike Adams, Matt Harrison and C.J. Wilson), along with manager Ron Washington. St. Louis has starting pitcher Edwin Jackson to round out the group.
With that in mind, we decided to take it a step further and draft an all-star team consisting only of players with the same surname as a president. But here's the catch: We only used one player per name. That meant ignoring some Hall-of-Famer, including only one of the 105 Johnsons and sprinkling in some bizarre names with the obvious choices.
...Ralph Kiner and Tim McCarver did a riff on this one because the Mets had Howard Johnson, Gary Carter, Mookie Wilson and Stan Jefferson, but the question was to name the 6 (I think) players who shared names with presidents. The trick was that a Hernandez (Keith) had been a Latin American president and a Santana was presidenbt of the Dominican. Of course, when they asked Rafael if he was any relation he said: "No, very bad man."
Posted by Orrin Judd at October 21, 2011 3:16 PM