Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback



All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Editor - Baseball Primer


Presidents Newsbeat

Friday, May 13, 2016 Racing FDR: Disaster or opportunity?

My suggestion is that the Nats race the Presidents before the game, then instruct the journalists to report that FDR sprinted to a convincing victory. Hey, it worked like a charm in the old days…

The WHHA [White House Historical Association] is currently celebrating each president in chronological succession with their annual White House ornaments. Last year, that meant Calvin Coolidge, who also appeared as the Racing President for the 2015 season. This year, that meant Herbert Hoover, or “Herbie.”

Aside from the actual mascot’s general creepiness, Hoover seemed at odds with the Rushmore Four and his other predecessors. Nevertheless, as unpopular and poor a President as he may have been, his selection follows in line with the WHHA’s process. All of which leads us to 2017.

Those well-versed in Presidential history already know where this is going. After Hoover drove the country into the Great Depression, America elected Franklin Delano Roosevelt the 32nd President of the United States. FDR was actually elected four straight terms (back before term limits) and was incredibly popular, known for his New Deal, and for his fireside chats, delivered to the nation via radio.

He was also in a wheelchair for most of his adult life. ...

There would be “absolutely nothing wrong with featuring a Racing President in a wheelchair,” said Rick Smith, Executive Director of the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program, the leading provider and promoter of adaptive sports and accessible recreation for children and adults with physical disabilities in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

“If anything it can bring awareness to the fact that people with disabilities can be athletic in the same ways that able body individuals are,” he added.

Smith’s point might alleviate concerns over perceived insensitivity. A disabled Racing President winning races and competing on an even playing field with his peers could help facilitate a larger discussion and help normalize the stigma of disability in America. The CDC estimates that one in five Americans — 53 million — have a disability of some kind, while 2.2 million people in the U.S. depend on a wheelchair for basic mobility.



BBTF Partner

Support BBTF


Thanks to
for his generous support.


You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 2016 Oct 17: Politics, Sports, and the 'League of Legends' World Championship
(1558 - 9:06am, Oct 21)
Last: zonk

NewsblogThe Oral History of Baseball on 'Seinfeld' | Complex
(40 - 9:05am, Oct 21)
Last: Never Give an Inge (Dave)

NewsblogBlue Jays face uncertain future after falling short again
(6 - 8:52am, Oct 21)
Last: The Pequod

NewsblogOT - October 2016 College Football thread
(137 - 8:46am, Oct 21)
Last: stanmvp48

NewsblogPutting value of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal in the proper frame
(9 - 8:43am, Oct 21)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogCitgo sign could be landmark on the move | Boston Herald
(25 - 8:19am, Oct 21)
Last: The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott)

NewsblogNo Strike Or Lockout For MLB, Challenges With International Draft
(4 - 8:14am, Oct 21)
Last: RMc is Fairly Irrefutable

NewsblogWhat we learned: The Dodgers can't hit Jon Lester
(1 - 8:10am, Oct 21)
Last: RMc is Fairly Irrefutable

NewsblogThe unique role Hazleton, Pa., plays in the Chicago Cubs’ World Series push
(2 - 8:09am, Oct 21)
Last: Tom T

NewsblogTexas Rangers: Offseason issues: Why Rangers face tough decision in what to do with Joey Gallo | SportsDay
(25 - 8:05am, Oct 21)
Last: Tippecanoe

NewsblogOT: NBA 2016-17 Preseason Thread
(211 - 2:17am, Oct 21)
Last: Norcan

(875 - 2:04am, Oct 21)
Last: Jay Z

NewsblogTrevor Bauer reveals questionable taste in Star Wars movies
(155 - 1:30am, Oct 21)
Last: Zach

NewsblogUpon further review, Adrian Gonzalez remains unhappy | FOX Sports
(51 - 11:09pm, Oct 20)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogCleveland Indians team name, Chief Wahoo logo targeted in Canadian lawsuit |
(65 - 7:14pm, Oct 20)
Last: You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR)

Page rendered in 0.8714 seconds
45 querie(s) executed