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Zeitgeist: Thomas to Revive Bull Moose Party

Recently traded to the New York Islanders, forthright goaltender Tim Thomas plans to follow in the footsteps of former Long Island resident Theodore Roosevelt and lead a third party revolution in American politics. (parody)

Today in Sports History: April 14th

Our fattest president throws out the first pitch, Norman chokes at the Masters, Elgin Baylor has a hell of a game, and Roberto De Vicenzo commits a mistake for the ages. All on April 14.

You all know that the tradition of the President throwing out the first ball to open the baseball...

You all know that the tradition of the President throwing out the first ball to open the baseball season dates to April 14, 1910, when William Howard Taft threw out the first ball for the Senators. A little known fact about that game, however, is that his Vice President and his Secretary of State, Charles Bennett, attended the game with him. [Home Run] Baker ripped a line drive into the President's box, hitting Secretary Bennett in the head. He was not seriously hurt, but everybody was sure shook up for a minute or two."

--Bill James, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, 540. James ranks Baker as the 5th greatest third baseman of all time. [What this is.]
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