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Nearly all our presidents were big baseball 'bugs'

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By Joe Guzzardi

Out of all our presidents, not many are suspected of being indifferent to baseball. The most notable is probably Thomas Jefferson, who no doubt considered games that involve balls frivolous, and would distract him from his multiple intellectual pursuits.

Many of our presidents were big baseball "bugs," the early 20th century word that meant fan. In their book, "Baseball: the President's Game," authors William Mead and Paul Dickson share presidential vignettes, and explain how the chief executives became hooked on baseball.

At Valley Forge, George Washington and his soldiers played an early form of baseball called British rounders. Andrew Jackson played one-old-cat, another baseball variation that John Adams also enjoyed. In 1860, a Currier and Ives drawing depicted Abraham Lincoln holding a baseball bat as he promised to hit a "home run" with voters in his re-election bid.

Warren G. Harding twice owned shares in the minor league team in his hometown of Marion, Ohio. Franklin Roosevelt famously allowed baseball to continue during World........

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