This week marked the publication of an excellent new book on Teddy Roosevelt and his relationship with American sports and fitness. The 329-page volume The Strenuous Life: Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of the American Athlete is a lively account of how a sickly child became obsessed with athletic and fitness, carried that obsession into the White … Continue reading In new book, professor argues that Nats should never let Teddy Roosevelt win again. Wait. What?
DCist today published a wonderful Oral History of the Nationals Racing Presidents, lovingly curated by intrepid journalist Matt Blitz. including a first-ever formal admission by a team official that the fix was in for Teddy Roosevelt. Blitz tells the history of the presidents race through interviews with many of the people behind the scenes and involved … Continue reading From DCist: An Oral History of the Nationals racing presidents, and a major first admission of conspiracy
On Tuesday, Reddit user and Yankees fan Constant_Gardner11 posted a detailed analysis of presidents race results during the Nationals Park era, using data we’ve collected here at Let Teddy Win. His conclusion: Nats fans should root for George Washington. Nats’ opponents should root for Teddy. The many comments from the Reddit community show that conspiracy theories about Teddy … Continue reading Yankees fan runs the numbers, concludes Nats fans should root for George, opponents should root for Teddy
Before the 2017 baseball season started, fans of the Nationals’ presidents race celebrated on social media when recent additions Taft, Coolidge, and Hoover were “retired” to the new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. That meant a return to the original “Rushmore Four” who patrolled Nationals Park from 2006 through 2012. What fans didn’t anticipate was … Continue reading The Nats are halfway through the home season and Teddy Roosevelt hasn’t won a race, so the Loss-O-Meter returns.
For everybody who ever claimed “the Nationals always lose when Teddy wins,” the baseball stat geeks over at FanGraphs have attempted to create the definitive analysis of who to root for in the Nats’ presidents race. Using data compiled here at the Let Teddy Win blog, sports reporter Zachary Abate has analyzed our data beginning … Continue reading Who to root for in the Nationals’ presidents race? Fangraphs breaks it down
With playoff home field advantage wrapped up by the home town Nats, the only thing undecided going into Sunday’s regular season finale was question of who would win the 2014 presidents race championship. So while fans at Nationals Park expected little on-field drama, anticipation was high about the final tie-breaking dogfight between four-time champion Abraham … Continue reading Video: On historic day at Nationals Park, Teddy wins his first presidents race championship (and some other stuff)
With a month of baseball to go, it may be too early to start talking about a magic number for the Washington Nationals to clinch the 2014 division championship. But the presidents race season may be another matter. The first half of the Nats’ home season marked uncharted territory for perennial loser Teddy Roosevelt, who … Continue reading Is it too early to talk magic numbers? Not if you’re Teddy Roosevelt
Historian, author, and baseball fan Doris Kearns Goodwin appeared on CBS Sunday Morning to discuss her new book “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.” Goodwin talks about her favorite president, Theodore Roosevelt, and of visiting Nationals Park and realizing her dream of getting Teddy and William Howard … Continue reading Doris Kearns Goodwin on getting Teddy and Taft together
The folks over at Seamheads.com know a thing or two about baseball, having authored 90 books about the subject. So the Washington Nationals might do well to pay attention when Seamheads managing editor, baseball author, longtime MASN contributor and SABRmetrics expert Ted Leavengood offers some advice for getting the season on track. On Thursday at … Continue reading Seamheads.com & SABRmetrics expert says dump Taft, Let Teddy Win
In an effort to break the team’s losing streak, Washington Nationals “Rubber Chicken Man” Hugh Kaufman will perform a ritual sacrifice of a rubber chicken in front of the Nationals Park center field gate at noon on Thursday. Kaufman has performed the ritual many times since 2005, whenever he determines that the Nationals have hit … Continue reading Chicken sacrifice planned for noon Thursday at Nationals Park
What does Teddy Roosevelt have in common with Honey Boo Boo, Gangnam Style, and Binders Full of Women? They all made Yahoo!’s new video tribute to the Most Buzz-Worthy Moments of 2012. Watch the video at Yahoo! News (including the Blog’s finish line video by regular contributor lfahome). Continue reading Teddy’s Presidents Race Win Makes Most Buzz Worthy Moments of 2012
The Washington Nationals presidents race has been named Best On Field Promotion in Sports for 2012. The award is bestowed annually by Gameops.com, a web site which connects sports teams and event producers with ideas and tools for on-field promotions. This is the third time that the Nats’ racing presidents have nabbed the award, having taken the … Continue reading Racing Presidents named Best On Field Promotion of 2012
Turns out General David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell were members of the Let Teddy Win movement. According to a new article by Dave Kindred, Petraeus, a known fitness freak, was asked about Teddy before a planned visit to Nationals Park on the team’s Military Appreciation Day in September. Communicating through Broadwell, Kindred asked if Petraeus … Continue reading Petraeus and Broadwell: Teddy fans
Followers of this blog are familiar with Teddy Roosevelt’s famous “Man in the Arena” speech, in which Roosevelt praised the virtue of those who strive for greatness even in the face of failure. Arizona Senator John McCain read from the speech in a recent ESPN profile of the Let Teddy Win movement, and quotes from … Continue reading Teddy Roosevelt speech spurs Nationals to Game 4 victory
A near-capacity house of 37,075 filled Nationals Park Wednesday afternoon with two things in mind: A record 98th win for the Nationals, and a record first win for racing president Teddy Roosevelt. Rumors had swirled that today would be the day for Teddy to break his epic streak — rumors fed by the team’s own … Continue reading Teddy Wins His First Presidents Race on Historic Day at Nationals Park (Videos, Photos, & More)