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From BR Bullpen
In a 1860 political cartoon, Lincoln and his defeated opponents in the presidential election were shown on a baseball diamond. A book by Al Spalding, recounting legend rather than fact, states that Lincoln was playing baseball when a delegation arrived to tell him he had been given the party nomination to run for president. Lincoln is supposed to have said that the delegation would have to wait until he got another hit. A painting was made of this historic moment and hung in Lincoln's home in Springfield.  That story is likely apocryphal, but there is good evidence that Lincoln sometimes played town ball, the local variant of baseball, which would only spread around the country as a result of the Civil War.
A local Washington, DC semi-pro team named the Nationals played on the White House grounds during the Civil War and Lincoln was often a spectator. Legend has it that on September 18, 1861, Lincoln even missed a cabinet meeting to see the Nationals play the Excelsiors, although that game was actually played in 1866, with his successor, Andrew Johnson, in attendance.
- James C. Roberts (April 3, 1999). "Feds and Rebs were United in Love of Baseball". The Washington Times. The Washington Times. Retrieved September 18, 2006.
 Further Reading
- Richard Hershberger: "Abraham Lincoln, Ballplayer ?", in Bob Brown, ed.: Monumental Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Capital Region, The National Pastime, SABR, 2009, pp. 7-8.
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