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The Presidents and the Pastime: The History of Baseball and the White House

The Presidents and the Pastimedraws on Curt Smiths extensive background as a former White House presidential speechwriter to chronicle the historicrelationship between baseball, the most American sport, and the U.S. presidency. Smith, who USA TODAYcalls Americas voice of authority on baseball broadcasting, starts before Americas birth, when wouldbe presidents played baseball antecedents. He charts how baseball cemented its reputation as Americas pastime in the nineteenth century, such presidents as Lincoln and Johnson playing town ball or giving employees time off to watch. Smith tracks every U.S. president from Theodore Roosevelt to Donald Trump, each chapter filled with anecdotes: Wilson buoyed by baseball after suffering disability; a heroic FDR saving baseball in World War II; Carter, taught the game by his mother, Lillian; Reagan, airing baseball on radio that he never sawby re-creation. George H. W. Bush, for whom Smith wrote, explains, Baseball has everything. Smith, having inte...

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ISBN : 9780803288096
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 504 pages
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