The Washington Presidents are the Cosmic Baseball Association's team of United States Chief Executives. This season there is one new rookie player, George W. Bush, who was selected by the team as a result of his performance during the Home Run Derby conducted between September 4 and November 7, 2000. As is customary for this team, the Vice President of the United States, in this case, Richard Cheney, assumes the position of team coach.

Team Roster

John Adams
Adams entered office on March 4, 1797. Fully aware of his slender victory, he sought political harmony. His inaugural address, tracing the progress of the nation, declared his faith in republicanism and called upon the people to end partisan politics. He tried to reach an accord with Jefferson, conciliate the Hamiltonians, and steer a peaceful course through the controversy with France over Jay's Treaty. But he encountered supreme difficulties.

2nd President

Rank: 12


Born 1946
George W. Bush    Rookie
George W. Bush was born July 6th, 1946 and grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas. He received a bachelor's degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He served as an F-102 pilot for the Texas Air National Guard. He began his career in the oil and gas business in Midland in 1975 and worked in the energy industry until 1986. After working on his father's 1988 presidential campaign he assembled the group of partners that purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989 and which later built the Ranger's new home, the Ballpark at Arlington. He served as managing general partner of the Texas Rangers until he was elected Governor on November 8, 1994, with 53.5 percent of the vote. In a historic re-election victory, he became the first Texas Governor to be elected to consecutive four-year terms on November 3, 1998 winning 68.6 percent of the vote. In 2000 he was selected as the Republican candidate for president and won election to the office in one of the closest and most disputed elections in the history of the country.

43rd President

Not Ranked


Born 1924
Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 1977, and immediately began to take symbolic actions to demonstrate his disdain for what he considered to be "the imperial presidency." After taking the oath of office, he and members of his family walked to the White House. He sold the presidential yacht and eliminated some of the ceremonial trappings of the presidency.

39th President

Rank: 25


Grover Cleveland
Cleveland's election as president ended 24 years of unbroken Republican control of the office. But his victory represented more of a change in spirit than it did in policies, because the Democratic Party was largely in the hands of eastern conservatives who did not differ fundamentally from their Republican counterparts. Moreover, while Cleveland had the reputation of a reformer, not many believed he would put forth a progressive program or display vigorous leadership. Instead he was expected to bring greater honesty and sincerity to the presidency. During the campaign, Cleveland had emphasized a new moral attitude and the need for corrective action over that of constructive action. Many Americans agreed with him. Cleveland had the misfortune to have his entire second administration taken up by the most severe depression the country had yet experienced. Within a year after his second inauguration there were 4 million unemployed out of a population of about 65 million. There were acute personal hardships and a deterioration in the government's financial position. This period was Cleveland's real testing time.
22nd President;

24th President

Rank: 19


Born 1946
William Clinton
After 12 years of Republican control of the presidency, Clinton came to office amid high expectations for fundamental policy change. Early in his administration he reversed a number of Republican policies. He ended the federal prohibition on the use of fetal tissue for medical research, repealed rules restricting abortion counseling in federally funded health clinics, and used his appointment power to fulfill a promise to place many women and minorities in prominent government positions.

42nd President

Rank: 16


Calvin Coolidge
During the night of Aug. 2, 1923 President Harding died. At 2:47 a.m., Coolidge was sworn in by his father in his rural Vermont home by the light of an oil lamp. The new President left for Washington a few hours later to take up his duties. Coolidge set out to establish a working relationship with the leading members of the Harding administration, and he drew on many people for advice and help. The scandals of Harding's presidency, particularly the Teapot Dome oil affair, were coming to light, and Coolidge spent much of his time defending his party. His relations with Congress were unhappy, but he coped with scandal by prosecuting offenders, and, thanks to that, his integrity, and his self-possession, he retrieved public confidence in the White House.

30th President

Rank: 36


Dwight Eisenhower
As president, Eisenhower ended the Korean War, but his two terms (1953-1961) produced few legislative landmarks or dramatic initiatives in foreign policy. His presidency is remembered as a period of relative calm in the United States.

34th President

Rank: 8


Millard Fillmore
A power in New York state politics, he was the successful Whig candidate for Vice President in 1848 and became president on the death of Zachary Taylor in 1850. As chief executive he showed a lack of leadership, and he failed to secure the Whig presidential nomination in 1852. Then, running on the Know-Nothing ticket in 1856, he was roundly defeated.

13th President

Rank: 35


Andrew Jackson
Regarded by many as the symbol and spokesman of the common man. Jackson entered the White House in 1829 after winning the second of two vigorously fought election campaigns. Through his forceful personality, he restructured the office of the president and helped shape the Democratic party as the prototype of the modern political organization.

7th President

Rank: 11


Andrew Johnson
He was elected Vice President in 1864 and became president after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. As soon as he became president, Johnson faced the knottiest problem of the post--Civil War era--formulating a policy for restoring the Union. Difficult for Lincoln, a Northerner, this task was even harder for Johnson, a Southerner. Toward blacks he displayed alternately a sympathetic paternalism and a contemptuous hostility. He understood the politics of the South better than any Northern Republican, but he had no real feeling for the North, and he was especially ignorant of the balance of forces in the Union party.

17th President

Rank: 40


Lyndon Johnson
With tragic suddenness, Johnson was catapulted to the presidency. In November 1963 he and Kennedy went to Texas in the hope of ending the latest phase of the battle going on inside the state's Democratic party since the late 1930's. In the midst of the trip, on November 22, President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Johnson took the oath of office aboard the presidential plane, Air Force One, at Dallas' Love Field about 112 minutes after Kennedy died. Then he flew to Washington, hoping to calm the fears of the nation and assure the people that Kennedy's policies at home and abroad would be continued. Johnson had devoted his lifetime to politics, had acquired an unusually large amount of power, and had used it to promote change. But he had tried to do more than the resources of his nation, his office, and his talents would allow. He had tried to control events thousands of miles from home at the same time that he attempted to reshape the life of the United States. Johnson's accomplishments were not insignificant, but they fell short of the magnitude of the problems he faced.

36th President

Rank: 13


John F. Kennedy
The youngest ever elected to the presidency and the first of the Roman Catholic faith, John F. Kennedy won the election of November 1960 by a razor-thin margin, but after taking office he received the support of most Americans. They admired his winning personality, his lively family, his intelligence, and his tireless energy, and they respected his courage in time of decision. During his relatively brief term of office--less than three years--President Kennedy dealt with severe challenges in Cuba, Berlin, and elsewhere. A nuclear test ban treaty in 1963 brought about a relaxation in cold war tensions following a time of severe confrontation early in the administration. Domestically, much of the Kennedy program was unfulfilled, brought to fruition only in the Johnson administration. The U.S. space program, however, surged ahead during the Kennedy administration, scoring dramatic gains that benefited American prestige worldwide. An assassin's bullet cut short Kennedy's term as president. On Nov. 22, 1963, the young president was shot to death while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.

35th President

Rank: 10


Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln entered office at a critical period in U. S. history, just before the Civil War, and died from an assassin's bullet at the war's end, but before the greater implications of the conflict could be resolved. He brought to the office personal integrity, intelligence, and humanity, plus the wholesome characteristics of his frontier upbringing. He also had the liabilities of his upbringing--he was self-educated, culturally unsophisticated, and lacking in administrative and diplomatic skills. Sharp-witted, he was not especially sharp-tongued, but was noted for his warm good humor. Although relatively unknown and inexperienced politically when elected president, he proved to be a consummate politician. He was above all firm in his convictions and dedicated to the preservation of the Union.

16th President

Rank: 2


Richard Nixon
Nixon was a skilled negotiator with a broad understanding of world affairs. He and his adviser Henry Kissinger ended direct U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. They improved relations with China and the Soviet Union. They helped end a war between Israel and its Arab neighbors and worked toward a lasting peace in the top East. But the restrictive oil policies of top Eastern countries further weakened an American economy that slipped into a recession during Nixon's last year in office. The president's career was shattered when evidence established that he had joined members of his staff in trying to cover up the Watergate break-in. Nixon's decline and fall spanned two years as the truth slowly unfolded before an incredulous nation. Dozens of government officials, campaign aides, and financial contributors were implicated in the scandal.

37th President

Rank: 23


James K. Polk
Polk was unusually successful in accomplishing in a single four-year term his ambitious goals in both domestic and foreign policy. The vigor with which he pushed the annexation of Texas, the settlement of the territorial dispute with Britain over Oregon, and the conquest of the Southwest through war with Mexico extended the territory of the United States to the Pacific and greatly strengthened presidential power.

11th President

Rank: 14


Born 1911
Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan came to the presidency determined to reduce the growth of the national government, restore the power of the states in the federal system, reduce government expenditures through massive domestic budget cuts, expand the military and defense establishments, lower taxes, and restructure foreign policy away from détente with the Soviet Union to a posture of peace through strength. To help achieve these goals he sought to restore the dominance of the presidency over the Congress. He was quite successful until the 1986 off-year elections, in which the Democrats won a net gain of five seats in the House of Representatives and took control of the Senate by a 55-45 margin.

40th President

Rank: 20


Franklin Roosevelt
Roosevelt became president in March 1933 at the depth of the Great Depression, was reelected for an unprecedented three more terms, and died in office in April 1945, less than a month before the surrender of Germany in World War II. Despite an attack of poliomyelitis, which paralyzed his legs in 1921, he was a charismatic optimist whose confidence helped sustain the American people during the strains of economic crisis and world war.

32nd President

Rank: 1


Theodore Roosevelt
A dynamic leader and a fervent nationalist, Roosevelt was one of the most popular, controversial, and important presidents. He greatly expanded presidential power while making the United States the virtual guardian of the Western Hemisphere and a major force in European and Far Eastern affairs. He was also the first president-reformer of the modern era--the first who both understood and reacted constructively to the technological revolution and the rise of a nationwide system of commerce and industry. He increased regulation of business, encouraged the growth of labor unions, and stimulated the rise of the welfare state. He also dramatized the need to conserve natural resources, and his policies advanced the cause of conservation.

26th President

Rank: 3


William Taft
"Politics, when I am in it, makes me sick," Taft wrote to his wife in 1906. The secretary of war initially had no desire to run for president, but on Roosevelt's demand and with the urging of his wife and brothers, he accepted the Republican nomination in 1908. Benefiting from the popularity of the Roosevelt administration, Taft defeated William Jennings Bryan, the Democratic candidate, by an electoral vote of 321 to 162 and a popular vote of 7,679,114 to 6,410,665. His inauguration on a storm-tossed March day in 1909 presaged four unhappy years in the White House.

27th President

Rank: 21


Martin Van Buren
Elected to the presidency in 1836 as Andrew Jackson's protégé, Van Buren was at once beset with economic woes arising from the Panic of 1837. Often belittled as being merely an expedient politician, he nevertheless could defend his principles with courage when put to the test. After he left office, his resolute opposition to the annexation of Texas--growing out of his natural antipathy to the extension of slavery and his fear of a war with Mexico--probably deprived him of the Democratic nomination in 1844.

22nd President

Rank: 22

Team Staff & Management

John Hancock
Political leader in the American Revolution, signer of the Declaration of Independence, b. Braintree, Mass. From an uncle he inherited Boston's leading mercantile firm, and naturally he opposed the Stamp Act (1765) and other British trade restrictions. In 1768 his ship Liberty was seized as a smuggler and confiscated by the crown. A riot ensued, and later the ship was burned. Hancock was hailed as a martyr and elected (1766) to the legislature, where he joined Samuel Adams in advocating resistance to England. In 1775, Gen. Thomas Gage issued a warrant for their arrest, but they escaped. Hancock was a member (1775–80, 1785–86) and president (1775–77, 1785–86) of the Continental Congress. His name appears first (and largest) on the Declaration of Independence, and the term “John Hancock” is often used to mean a signature. He was governor of Massachusetts (1780–85, 1787–93).
American Patriot Field Manager

Born 1941
Richard Cheney
Cheney entered federal service in 1969 as a special assistant to the director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. In 1971 he became a White House staff assistant, and soon moved on to become assistant director of the Cost of Living Council, where he stayed until 1973. After a year in private business, he returned to the White House to become deputy assistant to President Gerald Ford (1974-75) and then White House chief of staff (1975-77). In November 1978 Cheney, a Republican, won election as Wyoming's representative at large in the House of Representatives. Reelected for five additional terms, he served several years on the House Intelligence Committee and the House Intelligence Budget Subcommittee. In December 1988 House Republicans chose him to serve as whip in the incoming 101st Congress. Less than a week after President George H. Bush nominated him, the Senate confirmed Cheney as secretary of defense; he entered office on 21 March 1989. In 2000 he was selected by George W. Bush to be his Vice President on the Republican national ticket.
U.S. Vice President Coach

Martha Washington
From the day Martha married George Washington in 1759, her great concern was the comfort and happiness of her husband and children. When his career led him to the battlegrounds of the Revolutionary War and finally to the Presidency, she followed him bravely. Her love of private life equaled her husband's; but, as she wrote to her friend Mercy Otis Warren, " I cannot blame him for having acted according to his ideas of duty in obeying the voice of his country." As for herself, "I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances."
Wife of George General Manager

George Washington
Unanimously elected the first president, Washington was inaugurated in New York City on April 30, 1789. Acting with a cooperative Congress, he and his aides constructed the foundations on which the political institutions of the country have rested since that time.

1st President

Rank: 4

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LaFayette Park   Seats 17,776
Presidential Rankings
The CBA uses the Ridings-McIver presidential rating system. The number used in the Ridings-McIver Rank on this roster represents the overall rating based on a poll conducted by William J. Ridings, Jr. and Stuart B. McIver. A complete explanation of the poll can be found by the authors in their book Rating the Presidents (Citadel Press. New Jersey. 1997.) The poll was started in 1989. Participants are mostly from the academic community including historians and political scientists. Return

Non Roster President Players
President Born-Died Term Rank Position
John Quincy Adams 1767-1848 1825-1829 18 P/OF
Chester Arthur 1830-1886 1881-1885 28 P
James Buchanan 1791-1868 1857-1861 40 IF/OF
George H. Bush Born 1924 1989-1993 22 P
Gerald Ford Born 1913 1974-1977 27 C
James Garfield 1831-1881 1881 30 IF/OF
Ulysses S. Grant 1822-1885 1869-1877 38 OF
Warren Harding 1865-1923 1921-1923 41 OF
Benjamin Harrison 1833-1901 1889-1893 31 SS
William H. Harrison 1773-1841 1841 35 IF/OF
Rutherford Hayes 1822-1893 1877-1881 25 IF
Herbert Hoover 1874-1964 1929-1933 24 OF
Thomas Jefferson 1743-1826 1801-1809 4 IF
James Madison 1751-1836 1809-1817 10 OF
William McKinley 1843-1901 1897-1901 17 IF
James Monroe 1758-1831 1817-1825 13 CF/P
Franklin Pierce 1804-1869 1853-1857 37 P
Zachary Taylor 1784-1850 1849-1850 29 IF
Harry Truman 1884-1972 1945-1953 7 OF
John Tyler 1790-1862 1841-1845 34 OF
Woodrow Wilson 1856-1924 1913-1921 6 P/1B

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    Washington Presidents- Season 2001 Official Team Roster
    Published: December 14, 2000
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