The Nationals’ racing presidents opened a homestand Monday night at Nationals Park with a fourth inning brawl-fest, as Calvin Coolidge shoved William Howard Taft, then got rammed himself by George Washington before they even reached the right field bullpen.
The pushing and shoving extended to the home stretch, where Teddy Roosevelt pulled away, then turned to fall backwards over the finish line, only to be caught by Abraham Lincoln — or so it seemed.
MASN broadcaster Bob Carpenter, calling the race on the Nats’ broadcast, proclaimed what many in the stands thought they saw: Abe Lincoln claiming his 15th victory of the season; but the win was handed to Roosevelt.
Carpenter later corrected himself. “They’re saying it might have been Teddy by a spectacle in a photo finish.”