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.

Joe Guzzardi is a Society for American Baseball Research and Internet Baseball Writers Association member.

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