The American flag flying in front of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum by Spencer Howard Did you know that on March 3, 1931 President Hoover signed the law that designated "The Star Spangled Banner" as our national anthem? For more than a century, the people of the United States debated what song, if any, should … Continue reading Herbert Hoover and “The Star Spangled Banner”
Working at home due to covid-19, I am trying to adjust to the new normal. As a die-hard baseball fan, my adjustment may have been eased if I had baseball to watch. Alas, public health and reasonable prudence dictates that there will be no major league baseball until this crisis has passed. Sad, sobering and … Continue reading Opening Day, Baseball and Tough Times
08/13/1960 Former President Hoover throws out the first ball at the Old Timers game, Yankee Stadium. Red Rutting, Bob Feller and Joe DiMaggio. In exploring the Hoover-Ruth salary story, I indulged myself to compare salaries of other baseball players in light of the annual salary of the President. Given that the POTUS’s salary changed only … Continue reading Comparing Earnings of Presidents and Baseball Players.
Herbert Hoover and Babe Ruth before the Stanford vs. University of Southern CA. football game. 11/11/1933 Summer is here and it is time to recall some trivial links between baseball, America’s national pastime, and the Presidency, America’s highest public position. Although they met only once, at a Stanford-USC football game in November 1933, there are … Continue reading Herbert Hoover and Babe Ruth
Herbert Hoover was a lifelong fan of baseball, not just major league baseball, but baseball of all kinds. Hoover played the game as a youth, tried out for the Stanford team while in college, and championed baseball as the ideal American sport. Hoover was given season passes to the Washington Senators and New York Giants, … Continue reading Old Timers’ Day, New York Yankees Stadium, August 8, 1959
As the calendar turns from September to October, baseball fans’ thoughts turn to the World Series. Fans in Boston, Washington, Cleveland and on the north side of Chicago, cross their fingers and hope that this will be their year. Long-suffering fans of the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs, although their teams have clinched playoff berths, … Continue reading Boys of Summer and the Fall Classic