Presidents Race Standings

Final 2019 Presidents Race Standings*

#26 Theodore Roosevelt 38
#16 Abraham Lincoln 20
 #3 Thomas Jefferson 20
 #1 George Washington 18
#00 Screech the Eagle  1
 #3 Buster Olney  1

*includes postseason

2019 Presidents Race Highlights

Teddy Roosevelt’s 2019 season mirrored that of the Nationals. The Bull Moose lost the first 8 races of the season, and didn’t start his big run until May 24, when the Nationals had one of the worst records in the league at 19-31. By the end of the regular season, the Nationals were in the playoffs, Teddy Roosevelt had run away with the presidents race season title, and remarkably, for the first time, every racing president’s wins correlated to a winning team record for the Nationals. Teddy’s victories correlated with an 8-game playoff winning streak, though the World Series was a different story, with the Nats losing all three of their home contests. Still, the team came through in Houston, and both the Nationals and Teddy finished the season as champions.


3/28 NYM Tom Jefferson rides bullpen cart, George, Abe, Teddy give up
3/30 NYM Abe Dr. Abe examines presidents on National Doctors Day
3/31 NYM George George sicks pet french hound Vulcan on the presidents
4/2 PHI Tom/George Tom and George win Military Appreciation Night relay
4/3 PHI Tom Teddy blows big lead, falls before the finish line
4/12 PIT George Presidents split, Nats hide finish line til final seconds
4/13 PIT Tom On Thomas Jefferson Day, TJ celebrates with ice cream
4/14 PIT Abe Teddy starts celebrating a little too early
4/16 SFG Teddy George, Tom, Abe all fall to the ground
4/17 SFG Teddy Teddy exacts revenge on interfering “Loco Lobster”
4/18 SFG Tom Teddy tries catching a fish that appears from the bullpen
4/26 SDG Teddy On fireworks night, Teddy distracts the presidents
4/27 SDG Tom Presidents run to 3B side, Tom still wins
4/28 SDG Screech Screech’s mascot friends help him steal the race
4/29 STL Abe Teddy loses control of his stick horse in the home stretch
4/30 STL George On Hairstylist Appreciation Day, Abe gets a trim
5/1 STL Teddy Teddy shoves Jefferson, then sneaks by Abe
5/2 STL George Li’l Screech distracts everybody on National Baby Day
5/14 NYM George Presidents celebrate Nat’l Dance Like a Chicken Day
5/15 NYM Teddy Teddy weaponizes National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
5/16 NYM Teddy Peacock helps Teddy distract on NBC4 Weather Day
5/17 CHI Teddy Teddy hands out pizza on National Pizza Party Day
5/18 CHI George Abe loses control of his hobby/stick horse
5/19 CHI George/Buster Buster Olney joins George to beat his ESPN colleagues
5/24 MIA Teddy Teddy wins presidential 1-on-3 Tug-of-War
5/25 MIA Teddy Teddy uses Infinity Gauntlet to reverse time
5/26 MIA Teddy #26 comes from behind in Indy 500 car race
5/27 MIA Teddy Teddy breaks rank in military-themed Memorial Day race
6/4 CWS Teddy Eddy the Turtle from Our Last Straw helps Teddy
6/5 CWS George George spins and crosses finish line backwards
6/13 ARI Teddy Teddy brings his own dog Mister to Pups in the Park
6/14 ARI Tom Teddy face plants, and the presidents do the Macarena
6/15 ARI Teddy Teddy the Ewok throws rocks on Star Wars Day
6/16 ARI George George brings fudge for National Fudge Day
6/19 PHI Abe Rain postpones National Go Fishing Day for Abe
6/19 PHI Abe Teddy attempts to fall backwards over finish line, fails
6/20 PHI Abe Abe pulls a hamstring, but gets help from Nat Pack
6/21 ATL Abe On National Selfie Day, Abe uses phone as a weapon
6/22 ATL Abe Abe cheats again on National Onion Rings Day
6/23 ATL Abe/Teddy Abe passes the baton to Teddy in team relay race
7/2 MIA George Presidents fall one by one, until George is left
7/3 MIA George After dancing, George squeaks by Lincoln at the wire
7/4 MIA George Presidents pass Independence Day flag to George
7/5 KCR Tom Presidents lose gravity on Apollo 11 50th anniversary
7/6 KCR Abe Teddy on a bicycle can’t catch Abe on ’69 Expos Day
7/7 KCR Abe George trips Teddy, gets a red card from FIFA referee
7/23 COL Tom TJ mesmerizes presidents with little Tom doll
7/24 COL Teddy Teddy reps Michigan on Big Ten Day
7/24 COL Tom Presidents hug interns on the field on Interns Night
7/25 COL Teddy Teddy’s Secret Service agents take out the competition
7/26 LAD Tom Presidents get dizzy, Tom celebrates W&M law degree
7/27 LAD George/Tom The 18th Century team wins a relay race
7/28 LAD Teddy Sharky helps Teddy win, then organ plays “Baby Shark”
7/29 ATL Teddy Smoky Bear sends presidents back to face Sharky again
7/30 ATL Teddy Shark Week deja vu continues
7/31 ATL Teddy Shark repellent is no help as Shark Week continues
8/12 CIN Tom Presidents dance Ice Cream & Cake on ODU night
8/13 CIN Teddy Teddy gets the jam going on Grateful Dead night
8/14 CIN GW/TJ/AL Abe anchors 3-way relay against Teddy
8/16 MIL Abe Presidents turn and walk backwards over the finish line
8/17 MIL Tom Jefferson avoids getting stung on Nat’l Honey Bee Day
8/17 MIL Tom/Abe Relay race marks first 13th-inning race since 2016
8/18 MIL Teddy Presidents draft each other cycling-style
8/27 BAL Teddy Teddy wins Super Mario Kart themed race
8/28 BAL Abe Lincoln wins on National Bow Tie Day
8/30 FLA Teddy Teddy plays with fireworks on Fireworks Friday
8/31 FLA Tom Tom wins a 1 vs. 3 relay race
9/1 FLA Teddy The racing presidents play dodge ball
9/2 NYM Abe Abe Lincoln scares Teddy away with his big stick
9/3 NYM George Presidents take turns attacking Teddy Roosevelt
9/4 NYM Tom All Purpose pizza tackles Teddy Roosevelt
9/13 ATL Teddy Jason Voorhees helps Teddy on Friday the 13th
9/14 ATL Tom Pretzel attacks Jefferson on Oktoberfest Day
9/15 ATL Teddy/Abe Abe and Teddy win “dizzy bat” relay race
9/23 PHI Abe Every president drops as Abe wins slugfest
9/24 PHI George George leads “spot check,” as always, on Army Day
9/24 PHI Tom Teddy spins out as presidents fly on Air Force Day
9/25 PHI Abe Presidents ride bikeshare bikes, Abe takes the tape
9/26 PHI George Everybody falls except George Washington
9/27 CLE Teddy Teddy sneaks up on National Chocolate Milk Day
9/28 CLE Teddy Abe pulls up lame, Teddy stops to help, George, Tom fall
9/29 CLE Teddy/Abe Abe anchors relay with Teddy to close the regular season
10/1* MIL Teddy Presidents “Lose Control” and dance in silence
10/6* LAD Tom On foot, Tom beats presidents riding Segways & bikes
10/7* LAD Teddy Teddy pulls the ol’ disappear/reappear trick
10/14* STL Teddy Michael Buffer has presidents wearing boxing gloves
10/15* STL Teddy Champion Mystics MVP inspires basketball race
10/25* HOU Teddy First World Series presidents race features a
Chad Cordero pep talk and a baby shark attack
10/26* HOU Teddy Presidents dress up to trick or treat at Teddy’s house
10/27* HOU Teddy Presidents dance to “Thriller,” mummy Teddy breaks out


32 Responses

  1. is it appropriate for fans to endeavor to assist in “letting teddy win,” by doing things like tying other presidents’ shoelaces together, setting up confusing road signs, or devising other implements of sabotage?

  2. Don’t ask, don’t tell, I always say. Just remember that Teddy’s been disqualified before, so don’t get caught!

  3. Shouldn’t the standings include the full results (2nd, 3rd, 4th, DQ, DNF, etc)?

  4. danj, I would happily publish such results if I had help collecting the information from at least a couple of full season ticket holders. I wouldn’t want to list such statistics if I had gaps in the season. Today I can update the W-L standings without knowing for sure that I can be at and videotape every race.

    If you’d like to help collect such info, let me know!

  5. I was at one game during that July 2006 homestand against the Cubs, and Teddy won. He totally cheated — came out of nowhere with a golf cart — but he won the race. (That said, I don’t know if that resulted in a DQ.) Three photos from that game:

    And They're Off...
    Walk Softly and Carry a Big Golf Cart
    Victory Is Mine

  6. Those are great photos. I wish I had video of that race for the presidents race videos page because it was the first time Teddy tried to cheat (and yes it was the first time he was disqualified)! I have added one of your great photos to the presidents race facts page (with a link to your photostream).

  7. […] up losing! >:/ (He’s my favorite President for those of you who don’t know)  Hahah, check out the Race Standings.  They even had this campaign to let him win, with Teddy Roosevelt ‘08 signs!  I LOVE […]

  8. I have a video of the Presidents race from August 15th I recorded it with my digital camera

  9. […] Abraham Lincoln was last years champion by a substantial margin and Teddy was always the hard luck loser with nothing to show but a goose egg for 2008. For more Presidential Race statistics visit here […]

  10. This lovable loser stuff has to stop. Teddy don’t win, Nats don’t win……Coincidence??…..I think not.

  11. […] joke in Washington, D.C. — no, not that one — that Teddy Roosevelt never, ever wins the mascot Presidents Race at Nationals […]

  12. […] Teddy has never won the presidents race. […]

  13. […] holds up a campaign rally sign from at Nationals Park. Teddy has never won the presidents race. Clip from Histeria! including the song “Trust-Buster” for Theodore Roosevelt.Video […]

  14. […] Teddy has never won the presidents race. […]

  15. I love the site, and think this is awesome.

    You need to update this page, however…the President’s Race Highlights says 2010, not 2011.

    Keep it up!

  16. […] at the stats of the Presidents Race, Abe and Tom were neck and neck in the “polls” in 2011, with […]

  17. teddy was supposed to win today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    dear presidents race fan when do you think teddy will win?

  18. The Nationals have made it clear. It ain’t gonna happen without some kind of intervention. We need a runner to go rogue.

  19. […] to follow, even if I am 2,880 miles away from Nats Park. Now if only Teddy Roosevelt could notch a win in the mascot run…   If you enjoyed this article, please consider sharing […]

  20. yes i agree a runner needs to go rouge

  21. Folks — with respect, you need to know that Teddy is NEVER going to win this race. Too many things going against it.

    First of all, is TR himself. Several times, I’ve seen Teddy in the lead, then veer into the stands to talk with some voter who beckoned to him — irresistible to any politician. Another time he wanted a hot dog. Although a great hunter and outdoorsman, he is kind of clumsy. He has tripped over bats, tarps, gloves — and once over nothing. A blade of grass, I think.

    Second, as long as great Americans like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln trip him … shove him aside …ellbow past him .. step on his heels — he cannot win. Once, the noble Thomas Jefferson pulled Teddy down from behind by the collar! In football, it would be a personal foul. In politics, all’s fair.

    TR Fans — Teddy Roosevelt will simply NEVER win this race. Between his own varying attentions, and his surprisingly less than scrupulous opponents, he simply can’t.

    Ask Victoria’s Secret to sell full-coverage khaki jump suits … ask the birds to fly backward … ask the Man in the Moon to kiss the Sun … ask Barry Obama to be responsible, truthful, and fair – and to take responsibility for a 16 Trillion Dollar Deficit … but don’t ever expect Theodore Roosevelt to win that foot race at Nationals Park. The Laws of Nature, Physics, and Politics just won’t have it!


  22. TEDDY WON!!!

  23. One great aspect about the President’s Race, besides showing icons of this great country cheating and winning by pushing downing the other guy (you know, getting ahead by any means – – something we need to teach the children), is it adds in a big way to the carnival atmosphere of Nationals Park. Baseball can only survive by offering more than baseball. The 7th inning stretch needs to include a tractor pull in center field.

  24. […] Lincoln lost Best Picture at the Oscars, and now he has yet to win a president’s race in 23 tries, falling behind even notorious racing loser Teddy Roosevelt and newcomer Taft. The Nationals’ […]

  25. How is it that perhaps the most physically fit and vigorous president ever to have held office is tied for last? And the single fattest president is tied with him!?!

  26. Can someone please tell me what the song is they play after Abe wins a race? Thank you.

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