The presidents broke out of the centerfield gate in speed walking mode, but with Teddy Roosevelt in last place, and the slow-paced race looking like it might extend into the 5th inning, Teddy ran across the outfield grass, and bolted into a sprint.
Roosevelt’s maneuver put him safely in the lead and ignited the crowd. That is, until he abruptly took a left turn into the right field wall.
Calling the race from high atop Nationals Park, P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska declared “I’m just as confused as you, folks.”
As a disoriented Roosevelt stumbled toward the finish line, Thomas Jefferson caught up and stole the win.
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