June 18, 1912: First in war, first in peace, and a game and a half out of first place in the American League. The Senators have won 17 in a row and President Taft is at the ballpark instead of the 1912 GOP convention.
Witnessed by the highest in the land, and staged before the greatest assemblage of fans that ever witnessed a baseball game in the National Capital, Griffith’s grabbing Climbers…were victorious over Connie Mack’s White Elephants yesterday, landing their seventeenth straight game.
Of course, the most prominent fan in the ball yard was President Taft, the nation’s leading “rooter.”
“Mr. President,” said the inimitable [Germany Schaefer], “we can only hope that your chances of winning the nomination at the Chicago convention are as good as ours of winning the pennant in the American League. We are going to do it.”
They didn’t. The Sens finished 14 games out of first.
Taft, however, won the nomination in one of the most contentious major party conventions of the 20th century and got annihilated in the general election, finishing third and winning only Vermont and Utah.