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