Warren G. Harding

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Warren Gamaliel Harding

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As a boy, Warren G. Harding played baseball with future big-league shortstop Bob Allen. Later, he was co-owner of the minor league team in his hometown of Marion, Ohio. As President, he invited Babe Ruth to the White House several times.

Harding and Ruth shake hands in 1923.

Sports was an issue in the 1920 presidential campaign, according to the book "1920: The Year of the Six Presidents" (by author David Pietrusza, better known to baseball fans as a baseball writer). Harding was a golfer, but that was seen by the public as a rich man's sport, so Harding's handlers arranged for the Chicago Cubs to come play an exhibition game in Harding's home town. For competition, the New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds, and Cleveland Indians were all asked, but they all refused. Finally, a semi-pro team called the Kerrigan Tailors became the opposition to the Cubs, in a game played on September 2, 1920, and Harding briefly served as pitcher for the Kerrigan team, throwing three pitches. As part of the day, according to Pietruzsa's book, Harding addressed the Cubs about politics, using baseball metaphors.

Hall of Famer Warren Spahn was named "Warren" after Warren Harding. Spahn was born in April 1921, shortly after Harding became President.

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Preceded by
Woodrow Wilson
United States President
1921 – 1923
Succeeded by
Calvin Coolidge