The Washington Presidents joined the Cosmic Baseball Association in 1983. Comprised of United States Presidents, this cosmic team has recently begun to show some talent on the field. Last year, for the first time, the Presidents competed in the Cosmic Universal Series, ultimately losing in seven games to CBA's merry pranksters team, the Pranktown Busriders.

The Washington Presidents are always managed and coached by non-presidents. Typically the manager comes from the field of unique and special Americans and the coaches are drafted from potential presidential hopefuls. Benjamin Franklin is the field manager. Al Gore, Jack Kemp, and Colin Powell are the coaches. This year's general manager is Dick Morris, the notorious presidential campaign consultant.

Individual player plates will be published during the season; links to those plates will be included on this roster. The player plates include information on the president's birth, height, weight, education, religion, occupation and death. Player plates also include external links to related sites and the president's official cosmic playing record.


to other related sites on the World Wide Web are located after the roster towards the bottom of this plate.


Other Washington Presidents Rosters





The CBA is using 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. Twelve percent of those polled were women. The poll yields six separate rankings including an "overall" ranking from first to forty-first. Abraham Lincoln is ranked number one and Warren Harding comes in dead last.

In addition to the "overall" category the poll orders the presidents according to the following areas (first place occupants are in parentheses):






Coolidge, Fillmore, Ford, Harrison B, Johnson L, Roosevelt T, Taft, Van Buren, Wilson



Harding, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson A, McKinley, Monroe, Roosevelt F



Arthur, Bush, Carter, Clinton, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Lincoln, Nixon, Pierce, Reagan,



Adams J, Adams JQ, Buchanan, Cleveland, Garfield, Grant, Harrison W, Hayes, Hoover, Madison, Polk, Taylor, Truman, Tyler




Benjamin Franklin



Coaches: Gore, Kemp, Powell

General Manager: Morris

Owner: Washington










John Adams

1735-1826

2nd President, 1797-1801

Ridings-McIver Rank: 14




John Quincy Adams

1767-1848

6th President, 1823-1829

Ridings-McIver Rank: 18




Chester Arthur

1830-1886

21st President, 1881-1885

Pitcher
Ridings-McIver Rank: 28




James Buchanan

1791-1868

15th President, 1857-1861

Ridings-McIver Rank: 40




George Bush

b. 1924

41st President, 1988-1992

Pitcher
Ridings-McIver Rank: 22




James Earl Carter

b. 1924

39th President, 1976-1980

Pitcher
Ridings-McIver Rank: 19




Grover Cleveland

1837-1908

22nd & 24th President, 1885-1889 & 1893-1897

Ridings-McIver Rank: 16




William Jefferson Clinton

b. 1946

42nd President, 1992-

Pitcher
Ridings-McIver Rank: 23




Calvin Coolidge

1872-1933

30th President, 1923-1929

Thirdbase
Ridings-McIver Rank: 33




Dwight David Eisenhower

1890-1969

34th President, 1953-1961

Pitcher
Ridings-McIver Rank: 9




Millard Fillmore

1800-1874

13th President, 1850-1853

Infield
Ridings-McIver Rank: 36




Gerald Ford

b. 1913

38th President, 1974-1977

Catcher
Ridings-McIver Rank: 27




James Abram Garfield

1831-1881

20th President, 1881

Ridings-McIver Rank: 30




Ulysses Simpson Grant

1822-1885

18th President, 1866-1877

Ridings-McIver Rank: 38




Warren Gamaliel Harding

1865-1823

29th President, 1921-1923

Outfield
Ridings-McIver Rank: 41




Benjamin Harrison

1833-1901

23rd President, 1889-1893

Infield
Ridings-McIver Rank: 31




William Henry Harrison

1773-1841

9th President, 1841

Ridings-McIver Rank: 35




Rutherford B. Hayes

1822-1893

19th President, 1877-1881

Ridings-McIver Rank: 25




Herbert Clark Hoover

1874-1933

31st President, 1929-1933

Ridings-McIver Rank: 24




Andrew Jackson

1767-1845

7th President, 1829-1837

Outfield
Ridings-McIver Rank: 8




Thomas Jefferson

1743-1826

3rd President, 1801-1809

Outfield
Ridings-McIver Rank: 4




Andrew Johnson

1808-1875

17th President, 1865-1869

Outfield
Ridings-McIver Rank: 39




Lyndon Baines Johnson

1907-1973

36th President, 1963-1969

Firstbase
Ridings-McIver Rank: 12




John Fitzgerald Kennedy

1917-1963

35th President, 1961-1963

Pitcher
Ridings-McIver Rank: 15




Abraham Lincoln

1809-1865

16th President, 1861-1865

Pitcher
Ridings-McIver Rank: 1




James Madison

1751-1836

4th President, 1809-1817

Ridings-McIver Rank: 10




William McKinley

1843-1901

25th President, 1897-1901

Outfield
Ridings-McIver Rank: 17




James Monroe

1758-1831

5th President, 1817-1825

Centerfield
Ridings-McIver Rank: 13




Richard Milhous Nixon

1913-1994

37th President, 1969-1974

Pitcher
Ridings-McIver Rank: 32




Franklin Pierce

1804-1869

14th President, 1853-1857

Pitcher
Ridings-McIver Rank: 37




James Knox Polk

1795-1849

11th President, 1845-1849

Ridings-McIver Rank: 11




Ronald Wilson Reagan

b. 1911

40th President, 1981-1989

Pitcher
Ridings-McIver Rank: 26




Franklin Delano Roosevelt

1882-1945

32nd President, 1933-1945

Leftfield
Ridings-McIver Rank: 2




Theodore Roosevelt

1858-1919

26th President, 1901-1909

Catcher/Infield
Ridings-McIver Rank: 5




William Howard Taft

1857-1930

27th President, 1909-1913

Infield
Ridings-McIver Rank: 20




Zachary Taylor

1784-1850

12th President, 1849-1850

Ridings-McIver Rank: 29




Harry S. Truman

1884-1972

33rd President, 1945-1953

Ridings-McIver Rank: 7




John Tyler

1790-1862

10th President, 1841-1845

Ridings-McIver Rank: 34




Martin Van Buren

1782-1862

8th President, 1837-1841

Secondbase
Ridings-McIver Rank: 21




Thomas Woodrow Wilson

1856-1924

28th President, 1913-1921

Firstbase
Ridings-McIver Rank: 6




Benjamin Franklin

Field Manager




Albert Gore

Vice President, 1992-

Coach




Jack Kemp

Presidential Candidate, 1996

Coach




Colin Powell

Coach




Dick Morris

General Manager




George Washington

1732-1799

1st President, 1789-1797

Team Owner
Ridings-McIver Rank: 3






The Presidents of the United States from the Whitehouse





Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States





Grolier online: Presidents & First Ladies





Virtual Election-an Interactive Art Exhibit by Tina Mion





Dead Presidents- Manus Hand's Presidential Gravesites









1997 Washington Presidents Roster
URL http://www.cosmicbaseball.com/97wpr.html
Published: February 11, 1997
Revised: March 1, 1997
Updated: March 4, 1997; February 9, 1998

© 1997 by the Cosmic Baseball Association
Email: editor@cosmicbaseball.com

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