Presidential Baseball Quiz

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An incredible election year is upon us, but in the midst of walls, momentum, Drumpfs, and hand size (and sometimes policy proposals), it’s always good to remember the fun part about being President before the country comes to a close in 2017 after Don gets into the White House.

Courtesy of the Old Time Fan, a good old Presidential flavored baseball quiz!

Beginning in 1910, President Taft set a precedent (well almost one) of the President throwing out the first pitch on opening day (though not the first game of the year). Until 1973, it was always in whatever stadium the Washington played its home games. Except for the World War II years, it was held continuously until 1957 (Eisenhower). Since then it has become sporadic, but has been done more often than not, the current occupant excepted. President Obama has appeared just once (2011) in seven years. While Taft began this tradition, he is not part of the quiz that follows; you’ll see why.

What we have is a matching quiz of Presidents and baseball players’ names (see why no Taft—there has never been a MLB player with that name, either first or last).
Each question will first note a Presidents name and then clues to match an MLB player. The order of Presidents is random. There are no “doubles”-only one Adams, Harrison and Johnson and each President is used just once. There are 30 in all; Taft wasn’t the only name that never made it to “The Show.”
So, name the President and the first and last name of the player. Not all are active.

  1. This President’s last name is the same as the first name of a National League Manager (and former player).
  2. This President’s first name is the same as the last name of a current catcher, who has played for four teams in the last ten years.
  3. This President has the same last name as a current American League Manager (and former player).
  4. This President’s last name is the same as “Mr. October.”
  5. This President’s first name is the same as a 1980’s hard throwing Mets pitcher.
  6. This President’s last name is the same as the first name of a two time All Star and recent relief pitcher for the Washington Nationals (now a “Snake”).
  7. This President’s last name is the same as the last name of this position player who hit a walk-off home run to win a World Series in the 1990’s.
  8. This President’s last name is the same as the last name of this 2001-2009 outfielder, mainly with the Tigers. His mother’s first name will also match the full name of a famous actress (might be better known that this President). Now, don’t despair, they have been easy until now.
  9. This President’s first and last names are the same as the first and middle names of this HOF pitcher.
  10. This President’s first name is the same as the first name of a recent Oriole inductee into  the HOF.
  11. This President’s last name rhymes with the last name of this father son duo, Jesse 1981-92 and Josh 2006-09.
  12. This President’s last name is the same as a 1950’s Yankee HOF pitcher.
  13. This President’s first name sounds like the last name of a current MLB Network talk show co-host (and former player).
  14. This President’s last name is the same as a recent HOF inductee, known for his intimidating strike outs.
  15. This President’s last name is the same as the last name of a free agent pitcher recently signed by the Royals.
  16. This President’s last name is the same as the last name of this player who first trotted onto the BoSox diamond in 1998.
  17. This President’s last name is the same as a leading 1960’s pitcher, including the 1965 World Series, but is best known by “Mudcat.”
  18. This President’s last name is the same as the last name of a 2013-15 Reds setup man (over 180 games).
  19. The end part of this President’s last name sounds just like the first name of Dodger reliever.
  20. The first four letters of this President’s last name matches the first four letters of the last name of this current Oriole infielder.
  21. This President’s first name is the same as the first name of this HOF .400+ hitter.
  22. This President’s last name rhymes with the last name of this HOF centerfielder.
  23. This President’s last name is the same as this current player’s first name, a giant among today’s pitchers.
  24. This President’s last name is the same as the last name of both a current Pirate and a current Ranger.
  25. This President’s first name is the same as the first name of recently signed Snake pitcher.
  26. This President’s first name is in common with the appearance of Werth, Gattis, McCutcheon, Napoli, etc. (don’t give up).
  27. This President’s last name is the same as the last name of this 1990’s DH who played nearly 700 games and batted a lifetime .300 (alright it’s a little obscure, but it’s a famous President, so I couldn’t skip him).
  28. This President’s last name is the same as a current Redbird infielder.
  29. This President’s first name (that he used as a teenager) is the same as the first name of this famous homerun hitter.
  30. This President’s last name is the same as the last name of a recent Dodger reliever, well known for his hirsute choice.
  31. BONUS-can substitute for a wrong answer, but it’s not easy- Last name is the same as last name of a good pitcher who was “through” with the ChiSox but came back to help the Giants to a World Series (after 1950).

Since 43 men have served as president with (39 different last names) not all are in this little quiz. Either there was never a player name comparable (Taft) or they were too obscure and too far back in time. For example could have used Zach Wheat (HOF) for Zach Taylor (not a HOF President), but who would know?

Based on your edgy participation, answers will follow—shortly. Give it a try first without “Google” or Baseball Reference.

Answers below after these fine photos of Presidential baseball moments

ANSWERS

  1. William CLINTON—-CLINTON Hurdle, Manager, Pittsburgh
  2. MARTIN Van Buren—-Russell MARTIN
  3. George WASHINGTON—-Ron WASHINGTON, Manager, Texas
  4. Andrew JACKSON—-Reggie JACKSON
  5. DWIGHT Eisenhower—-DWIGHT Gooden
  6. John TYLER—-TYLER Clippard
  7. Jimmy CARTER—-Joe CARTER
  8. James MONROE—Craig MONROE (Mother’s name is Marilyn)
  9. GROVER CLEVELAND—-GROVER CLEVELAND Alexander
  10. CALVIN Coolidge—-CALVIN Ripken
  11. James GARFIELD—-Jesse and Josh BARFIELD
  12. Gerald FORD—-Ed “Whitey” FORD
  13. MILLARD Fillmore—-Kevin MILLAR
  14. Andrew (or Lyndon) JOHNSON—-Randy JOHNSON
  15. John KENNEDY—-Ian KENNEDY
  16. Richard NIXON—-“Trot” NIXON
  17. Ulysses GRANT—-Jim “Mudcat” GRANT
  18. Herbert HOOVER—-J. J. HOOVER
  19. William McKINLEY—-KENLEY Jansen
  20. Warren HARDing—-J. J. HARDy
  21. THEODORE Roosevelt—-THEODORE “Ted” Williams
  22. Rutherford HAYES—-Willie MAYS
  23. James MADISON—-MADISON Bumgarner
  24. William (or Benjamin) HARRISON—-Josh (Pirates) & Matt (Rangers) HARRISON
  25. ZACHERY Taylor—-ZACHERY Greinke
  26. HARRY Truman—-“HAIRY” Werth, Gattis, etc.
  27. Thomas JEFFERSON—-Reggie JEFFERSON
  28. John (or John Quincy) ADAMS—-Matt ADAMS
  29. BARRY (Barack)Obama—-BARRY Bonds
  30. Woodrow WILSON—-Brian WILSON
  31. BONUS—Franklin PIERCE—-Billy PIERCE

MIA—Polk, Buchanan, Lincoln, Arthur, Taft, Reagan, Bush

 

 

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