Grant & Baseball
|On May 1, 1883, 15,000
fans filed into the original Polo Grounds at 110th Street and Fifth
Avenue in New York City for an opening day baseball game. Among them was
the former president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant.
The story of Grant and baseball can be considered
in various ways. There is their shared context. The emergence of Grant
coincided with that of baseball, and both with the explosive growth of
the United States as it made its way toward being an urbanized nation
and a world power.
Baseball & Presidents
According to the Baseball Almanac.com, President Abraham Lincoln played baseball with kids on the White House grounds, and had a baseball field constructed there.
Grantís immediate predecessor, Andrew Johnson, was a particular baseball enthusiast while president. He attended local games of the original Washington Nationals, and welcomed that team and the Brooklyn Atlantics to the Executive Mansion on August 30, 1865.
The Baseball Almanac describes this as the first visit of organized (not openly professional) baseball clubs to the Executive Mansion.
In April 1883, President Chester A. Arthur became the first president to welcome a major league team, the Cleveland Blues (National League), to the Executive Mansion.
In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison became the first sitting president to attend a major league game.
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