NPR Charts Teddy Roosevelt’s Losses

Over the weekend, I noticed that NPR’s data journalist Matt Stiles had created a data set based on this blog (yes, I find these things). His plans weren’t clear until yesterday, when he published Charting Presidential Mascot Races at The Daily Viz.

Presidents race results chart by Matt Stiles

Let Teddy Win Word TreeStiles says he tries to create a data visualization every day, and the above chart does a nice job of visualizing Abe Lincoln’s slow decline.

Stiles also set up a link where you can create word trees from the blog based on any keyword you choose.

Check it out …if you want to waste your lunch hour.

Teddy Roosevelt costume has race fans seeing double

Teddy Roosevelt costume design - Photo by Wade ChiTeddy Roosevelt costume - Photo by Wade ChiTeddy Roosevelt costume at Nationals Park - Photo by Wade ChiEach October, readers write to ask where they can get a Teddy Roosevelt costume, and I’ve never had a good answer. Finally, Nationals fan Wade Chi took matters into his own hands.

“It took about 8 nights spread across a few weeks,” Chi told me, “[but] this
past halloween, i made a giant racing Teddy head and went around Arlington as Racing Teddy.”

Using “chicken wire, Elmers glue, newspapers, and a bunch of paint,” Chi pulled off what others only dream of.

He wanted to get a photo in his costume with the real racing Teddy Roosevelt, but Chi wasn’t sure he’d be allowed to bring the costume into Nationals Park, and couldn’t get an answer from the Nationals.

Finally, on Sunday, Chi decided to just show up and give it a try.

He was turned away by security at first, but was persistent, and a wise Nationals Park supervisor let him in. A full account can be found on his blog.

Given last weekend’s brutal heat, Chi didn’t keep the costume on for long, but he got what he wanted — a photo with the  Bull Moose himself.

Check out Chi’s full account of the building process from last October, including this time lapse video.

Photos and video: Wade Chi

Guest report from Teddy Roosevelt’s out of town fan club

Today Let Teddy Win brings you a guest post by Brian Ketchum, who recently chaperoned a group of 78 U.S. history students from Hillwood Middle School in Ft. Worth TX to Washington, DC to visit Nationals Park and cheer for Teddy Roosevelt:

As Hillwood Middle School in Fort Worth, Texas got ready for our yearly 8th grade trip to Washington D.C., we asked the kids, what do you want to do when you are in D.C.? One thing that everyone wanted was to see a game at Nationals Park.

The teachers, already well aware, informed the kids of the tradition at the ballpark, the President Race, and; so when it was time to design t-shirts for the week, the kids overwhelming voted on custom National jerseys with Roosevelt #26 on them.

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We loved Nationals Park. It’s immaculately clean, from the concourse, to the seats, to even the bathrooms. The ushers were very nice and helpful for such a large group of Teddy fans. The view of the Capitol dome and Washington Monument from the Right Field Terrace are stunning.

The game was cruising along with pitchers for both teams working fast, and before you knew, the Presidents were off and running. This race was just ridiculous! The kids yelled “LET’S GO TEDDY” over and over, but they moved the finish line to the opposite side and Abe biked instead of running. Needless to say, the Teddy fans felt cheated. This is no way to treat a Bull Moose. We firmly believe that Abe should be tested for PEDs.

After the race, while some of the kids were looking for the eight pound StrasBurger, (they didn’t find it), the game got interesting.  Both managers emptied their bullpens as the game wore on. The crowd shrunk as the game entered extra innings.

We received a surprise visit from Teddy, who came and joined us in section 238. He combed his moustache, cleaned his glasses, and took photos with the group. It was pretty cool to meet the great Hero of San Juan Hill. The kids were excited.

The Teddy fans were exhausted and ready for bed, but they had decided they were staying until the last out. A few of them, (myself included) admitted they were hoping it would go to the 13th for an extra innings President’s race.

The Nationals TV and scoreboard crew must have noticed the loud group from the living Hillwood Middle school because they showed us over and over on the TV broadcast along with nearly every half inning on the HD scoreboard.

The Mets rallied from behind to take leads in the top of the eighth, 10th and 12th innings — only to have the Nationals tie the game in the bottom of the frame each time. The game was finally won on Bryce Harper’s first career walk off. History was witnessed.

Hopefully the first of many.

After years of being the NL East’s doormat, The new Nationals are 1st in War, 1st in Peace, and 1st in the National League East.

Now if only we could bust this trust and give Teddy a shot to bask in the glory. Maybe he’ll win the first playoff game. Maybe that will be this year…

Photos/Brian Ketchum. For more on the Hillwood DC trip visit

Teddy Fans from Texas to invade Nationals Park tonight

Let Teddy Win Fans at Roosevelt IslandTeddy Roosevelt fans heading to Nationals Park tonight might want to check out the party in the Right Field Terrace, where a group of enthusiastic Teddy Roosevelt fans will be cheering on #26 during the 4th inning presidents race.

The group of American history students is on its 8th-grade visit to Washington, DC from Hillwood Middle school in Ft. Worth Texas. Faithful readers may recall the night they took over Nationals Park two years ago. The group once again voted on homemade Teddy #26 jerseys for their trip t-shirt.

In preparation for tonight’s contest, the group visited Roosevelt Island this afternoon, to give Teddy an inspirational pep talk.

We’ll be featuring a guest blog post from the Ft. Worth students later in the week.

Photo via Twitter/@DCLikeALocal

The Orioles’ Adam Jones weighs in on Teddy and the racing presidents

Baltimore Oriole Adam Jones is a Washington Nationals Presidents Race Teddy Roosevelt fanBaltimore Orioles star center fielder was warming up before Saturday’s game at Nationals Park, waiting for the Nationals to finish batting practice, and chatting with teammates about the Nationals’ racing presidents.

“Teddy never wins,” Jones asked. “Why doesn’t Teddy ever win?”

Jones, as it turns out, is a Teddy Roosevelt fan. He doesn’t miss the presidents race when the Orioles play the Nationals, knows about Jayson Werth’s attempts to help Teddy Roosevelt last season, and has a problem with the injustice served out nightly to the great president and war hero.

“They need to let him win,” Jones told me.

For Jones, the presidents race is a realization of a childhood misunderstanding.

“When I was like 5 years old, I thought they really held a race to determine who was going to be president,” he said. “I thought ‘that’s crazy,’ but I actually thought that’s how we picked the president.”

Jones’ memory triggered a novel suggestion. “I’d like to see them get some real presidents out there,” he said. “Have George W. race Obama. Who do you think would win that race?”

Jones sported a Let Teddy Win button until it was time to take the field, leading to suggest that Jones’ homer Saturday was just following Teddy’s motto: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

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Orioles Adam Jones supports Teddy Roosevelt in the Washington Nationals Presidents Race by wearing a Let Teddy Win button


The Classical: “Now is the perfect time to let Teddy win”

Independent sports website The Classical today published an interview and profile of baseball’s greatest injustice — the conspiracy that prevents Teddy Roosevelt from winning the Washington Nationals’ presidents race.

Writer Aaron Gordon explores why the Nationals promote the race as “the main event,” and suggests that now is the perfect time to let Teddy win.

More video: ESPN visits Let Teddy Win & surveys NL players about the racing presidents, plus Teddy’s takedown

If there was any doubt that the Nationals are a hot national sports story, consider the hour-long Baseball Tonight pregame show preceding ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball coverage of Nats vs. Phillies.

ESPN - Nationals Presidents RaceJust a few minutes were devoted to the Phillies, while segment after segment focused on DC-centric topics, from Bryce Harper to the Nationals starting rotation to the team’s “Natitude” and “Take Back the Park” campaigns.

And yes, they even took the time to poll players around the league on the appeal of the Nationals’ racing

After calling the fourth-inning presidents race, ESPN play by play man Dan Shulman references his visit earlier in the day to the Let Teddy Win website:

And our usual finish line video from regular contributor lfahome:


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