Even if you heard that the economy is in the toilet and that business is doing terrible, you'd be wrong. While we may still not have the money in the bank or jobs to go to, the S&P 500 index - also known as the Standard and Poor's 500 - is a stock market index based on the 500 largest companies in the United States and how well they are doing in the economy. In the 84-years that this index has been calculated, there have only been five presidential administrations that have seen this number double.
Most of us picture the U.S. President as a rich person. While most of them are rich people, these five people were the poorest U.S. Presidents.
Did you know that several Presidents were involved in a duel? That's how they settled their differences. Better political duels than those stupid commercials!
- Benjamin Harrison: Threw out the first pitch at a professional ball game on June 6, 1892 in Washington, DC. The Washington Senators lost to the Boston Red Sox 4-7 in the 11th inning.
- William H. Taft: Really started the Presidential ties with Baseball. He attended 14 games while in office, including one on 4/19/1909 where the game was held up in the second inning because of the applause that President Taft received by showing up – even though he was late- for the game. Taft was also the first U.S. President to travel to baseball games outside of Washington, going to games in Cincinnati (his home town), Pittsburgh, Chicago, and St. Louis.
- Woodrow Wilson: Wilson was a huge fan of baseball and even played the game while he was in college. He was the first President of the United States to see a World Series game. Wilson didn’t believe in getting a free ride. Although, he had a free ticket to any game (including the World Series), he refused to use them and insisted on paying for his own tickets.
- Warren G. Harding: Possibly the worst U.S. President we ever had, but was an avid fan of the game of Baseball. Harding played the game, watched the game and even owned a minor league team in Marion, Ohio. He was the first U.S. President to see a shutout game at Yankee Stadium.
- Richard Nixon: Nixon was probably the most serious baseball fan of all U.S. Presidents. He is quoted as saying, “I never leave a game before the last pitch.” Nixon created his own “list” of all-stars in 1972. Many of them are found right here at www.myfivebest.com.
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