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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Obama, first sitting president to visit baseball Hall of Fame

Herm Card is retired from two careers: He taught English in Marcellus, and he suited up for decades as an accomplished Upstate baseball umpire. Card stays busy as a poet, author and photographer, and he served for years as a volunteer educator at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

At the hall, Card never relinquished a sense of wonder. Whenever he had the chance, he’d walk the galleries and study the artifacts. This week, he is away from Syracuse, helping his 98-year-old father change apartments. Card won’t be in Cooperstown Thursday when Barack Obama becomes the first sitting president to visit the Hall of Fame.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:12 AM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cooperstown, hof, presidents

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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM (#4710116)
WITH ALL THE PROBLEMS IN THE WORLD, DOESN'T HE HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO OR IS THIS JUST TO DISTRACT US FROM THE TRUTH ABOUT BENGAZI?????
   2. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:36 AM (#4710119)
I heard he's going to demand an exhibit on Sam Khalifa.
   3. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:40 AM (#4710125)
How does it compare to the Marathoners Hall of Fame where he grew up?
   4. zonk Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:44 AM (#4710128)
That's actually a bit surprising... Never a President up for reelection on a campaign stop?

I guess New York hasn't been up for grabs in forever, but you'd think some enterprising administration PR guy would found time for a photo op with an indelible slice of Americana...
   5. BDC Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:54 AM (#4710135)
Not many votes in play in Cooperstown ‐ a few geese, some HOF employees, Pete Rose …

This is excellent, though, and compensates for the medium-well burger incident.
   6. Lassus Posted: May 20, 2014 at 12:15 PM (#4710150)
I wonder if that means other people can still go on that day, or if the place will just be swarming with Secret Service agents.
   7. Lassus Posted: May 20, 2014 at 12:30 PM (#4710161)
How does it compare to the Marathoners Hall of Fame where he grew up?

He can go from Cooperstown to the Boxing HOF in Canastota and the Long-Distance Running HOF in Utica, make a weekend of it!
   8. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 20, 2014 at 12:33 PM (#4710164)
Don't forget the Pro-Wrestling Hall of Fame in Amsterdam NY! Obama is like Kamala in reverse!
   9. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: May 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM (#4710172)
What't the most popular team sport in Kenya? Soccer?
   10. TerpNats Posted: May 20, 2014 at 12:52 PM (#4710181)
Is the Hall hurriedly putting up an exhibit on the 2005 Chisox?
   11. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 20, 2014 at 01:01 PM (#4710186)
Obama is like Kamala in reverse!

An early rejected draft of the Papa Shango character
   12. Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: May 20, 2014 at 01:16 PM (#4710200)
I thought FDR was our first sitting president???
   13. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 20, 2014 at 02:01 PM (#4710221)
BUT WAS HE WEARING AN AMERICAN FLAG LAPEL PIN WHEN HE WENT???
   14. Lassus Posted: May 20, 2014 at 02:31 PM (#4710235)
Someone needs to go to Cooperstown and get Obama the web address so he can be a primate. I nominate McCoy.
   15. Shibal Posted: May 20, 2014 at 02:44 PM (#4710245)
Someone needs to teach Good Man Obama how to throw a baseball before he gets there. Taking lessons from a five year old girl isn't quite working out well
   16. Copronymus Posted: May 20, 2014 at 02:57 PM (#4710262)
What't the most popular team sport in Kenya? Soccer?


According to this Wikipedia map, it is soccer, as it is everywhere in Africa. I think they're using spectators, though, so if you looked at participants instead the numbers might be different.
   17. AROM Posted: May 20, 2014 at 02:57 PM (#4710263)
Not many votes in play in Cooperstown ? a few geese, some HOF employees, Pete Rose …


Rose is probably useless in that regard, being an ex-con and all.
   18. alilisd Posted: May 20, 2014 at 06:00 PM (#4710347)
if you looked at participants instead the numbers might be different.


No, I'm sure it would be the same. What other team sport would they be participating more in?
   19. Shoeless Swedish Chef Posted: May 20, 2014 at 06:15 PM (#4710359)
Football may be the biggest sport in Kenya, but medium and long distance running is the most prestigious and important by far.
   20. AndrewJ Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:46 PM (#4710493)
I saw George W. Bush at Nolan Ryan's induction in 1999. At the time many of us pretty much assumed John McCain would get the GOP nomination the following year.
   21. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: May 20, 2014 at 10:04 PM (#4710508)
Football may be the biggest sport in Kenya, but medium and long distance running is the most prestigious and important by far.


I figured so, which is why I stressed "team sport."
   22. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 20, 2014 at 10:29 PM (#4710522)
Someone needs to teach Good Man Obama how to throw a baseball before he gets there. Taking lessons from a five year old girl isn't quite working out well.

Someone at the White House must be reading BBTF. Obama Causes Huge Traffic Jam Stopping Motorcade To Play Catch:
President Barack Obama's decision to play ball with some little leaguers en route to a fundraiser snarled rush-hour traffic in Washington, D.C., on Monday evening. A press-pool report written by McClatchy's Lesley Clark noted Obama made "an unscheduled side trip to visit and chat" with young baseball players in Friendship Park en route to a fundraiser shortly before 6 p.m.

It's not like he doesn't have a house with a big lawn.


   23. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 20, 2014 at 10:42 PM (#4710530)
It's not like he doesn't have a house with a big lawn.


They tried to play there. Biden showed up and chased them all off.
   24. Benji Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:00 PM (#4710539)
Thanks #8 for mentioning our Wrestling HOF. I'm glad the President is taking
In the Cooperstown shrine. I wonder if Ari Fleischer is going to stand at the door and try to keep him out.
   25. Bruce Markusen Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:05 PM (#4710540)
The Hall will be closed all day on Thursday. Most of the employees have been given the day off.

   26. Lassus Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:09 PM (#4710543)
The Hall will be closed all day on Thursday. Most of the employees have been given the day off.

That's kind of a bummer.


Obama Causes Huge Traffic Jam Stopping Motorcade To Play Catch

Good.
   27. zenbitz Posted: May 21, 2014 at 12:27 AM (#4710567)

Hey, Barry Bonds isn't in the Hall of Fame! THANKS, OBAMA
   28. bobm Posted: May 22, 2014 at 11:05 PM (#4711895)
Obama Revels in Quick Trip Through Baseball’s Past

Visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, ostensibly to promote tourism, the president smiled as he perused the artifacts, including a few from his beloved White Sox.


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/23/us/politics/obama-revels-in-quick-trip-through-baseballs-past.html

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