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For a frivolous interlude, some random musings on baseball’s connections to presidents.

Of course, presidents have been known to throw out ceremonial first pitches on Opening Day and, more recently, at All-Star games. And, one president has been credited with inadvertently instituting the tradition of the seventh-inning stretch. But, there are more connections than that.

Some musings after the jump.

Let’s start with namesakes. You’re probably thinking I’ll be stumped with Barack Obama. Not quite – just takes a little imagination. To wit, I give you the tandem of Marv Rackley and Bama Rowell. Both were National Leaguers whose careers overlapped slightly, most relevantly on Opening Day, 1947, when both appeared in Rackley’s career debut, which was, more famously, also the career debut of one Jack Roosevelt Robinson.

Some more namesakes:

How many more can you get?

It’s been said that Democrats win the White House when the NL wins the World Series, and Republicans win when the AL wins the series. Actually, that has held for the past four elections, in all but one election from 1940 to 1976, and in all three of the 1920s election. The one notable departure was the Reagan/GH Bush/Clinton period. Here’s the table.

ASGWSPartyIncumbent
2012NLNLDemY
2008ALNLDemN
2004ALALRepY
2000ALALRepN
1996NLALDemY
1992ALALDemN
1988ALNLRepN
1984NLALRepY
1980NLNLRepN
1976NLNLDemN
1972NLALRepY
1968NLALRepN
1964NLNLDemY
1960NL/NLNLDemN
1956NLALRepY
1952NLALRepN
1948ALALDemY
1944NLNLDemY
1940NLNLDemY
1936NLALDemY
1932ALDemN
1928ALRepN
1924ALRepY
1920ALRepN
1916ALDemY
1912ALDemN
1908NLRepN

 

Any other patterns that anyone can divine?

Finally, HOFer Jim Bunning has been famously successful in both baseball and politics. Any others that anyone is aware of? Or, any others that you think would make (or would have made) good politicians?

 

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