July 26, 2021

Tim Kurkjian’s Baseball Fix – From (Ron) Washington to (Jermaine) Van Buren, baseball’s presidential name game (ESPN)


You love baseball. Tim Kurkjian loves baseball. So while we await its return, every day we’ll provide you with a story or two tied to this date in baseball history.

ON THIS DATE IN 2006, I had dinner at the White House.

Former President George W. Bush is a huge and knowledgeable baseball fan. He owned the Texas Rangers from 1989 to ’94. I was living in Dallas then, so I saw him quite often at the ballpark. So, on this night, through columnist George Will, a devout lover of the game, Mr. Bush arranged baseball night for 17 people at the White House. We ate in the private residence.

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This is not political. I am not political. I can name all the Triple Crown winners; I can’t name all the presidents. I am hopeless. I like Mitt Romney just because of his first name. And I like George H. W. Bush because he played first base for Yale, and like Rickey Henderson, he was the rare position player who batted right-handed and threw left-handed.

Dinner at the White House was the coolest night. It began with the delightful Mrs. Bush, the most gracious host you could possibly imagine, giving us a personal guided tour of a portion of the White House, including the…

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