Bard College Presidents @ Chairman of the Joint Chiefs

A Cosmic Baseball Game

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This cosmic baseball game was played to determine if a Bard College President would be promoted to another cosmic baseball team that is currently preparing to play against a team from Greek history.

The promotion rules state that if the Bard College Presidents defeat another team (to be selected by the CBA) then one Bard College President player will be promoted. The decision about who gets promoted will be left to the Bard College Presidents themselves.

The other team, selected by CBA to play against the Bard College Presidents is a group of players culled from a military listing of the Chairman of the United States' Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In January 1942 the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) concept emerged to deal with the crisis created by the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Five years later the National Security Act of 1947 made the Joint Chiefs of Staff a statutory entity. Two years after that, in 1949, the Joint Chiefs got an official leader, called the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS). The CJCS's position was further empowered in 1986 when the CJCS became the specific and principal military advisor to the U.S. President (and his Secretary of Defense and to the National Security Council.

World War II almost wiped out Bard College, a small school for men originally affiliated with the Episcopalian Church. By 1943, Bard's affiliation was with Columbia University. Since the war was siphoning off paying students, the college's finances were in serious trouble.



--from Education for the Common Good by Reamer Kline

At the last moment Bard was saved by the U.S. Army when it enlisted Bard College in its Advanced Specialist Training Program (ASTP).

 

 

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Bard College Presidents

George Franklin Seymour

1st President (called "Warden") of St. Stephen's College (1860-1861)
Left Field

Robert Brinckerhoff Fairbairn

3rd President ("Warden") of St. Stephen's College 1863-1898
Third Base

Bernard Iddings Bell

7th President ("Warden") of St. Stephen's College 1919-1933
Short Stop

Donald George Tewksbury

8th President ("Dean") of Bard College* (1933-1937)


*St. Stephen's was renamed Bard College in May 1934
Center Field

Charles Harold Gray

10th President ("Dean") of Bard College (1940-1946)
Second Base

Edward C. Fuller

11th President of Bard College (1946-1950)
First Base

James Herbert Case Jr.

12th President of Bard College (1950-1960)
Right Field

Reamer Kline

13th President of Bard College (1960-1974)
Catcher

Leon Botstein

14th President of Bard College (1974-  )
Pitcher
Chairman Joint Chiefs

General Lyman Lemnitzer, USA

4th Chairman JCS (1960-1962)
Right Field

General Earle Wheeler, USA

6th Chairman JCS (1964-1970)
Center Field

Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, USN

7th Chairman JCS (1970-1974)
First Base

General George S. Brown, USAF

8th Chairman JCS (1974-1978)
Second Base

General David C. Jones, USAF

9th Chairman JCS (1978-1982)
Catcher

General John W. Vessey Jr., USA

10th Chairman JCS (1982-1985)
Short Stop

Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr., USN

11th Chairman JCS (1985-1989)
Third Base

General Colin Powell, USA

12th Chairman JCS (1989-1993)
Left Field

General of the Army Omar Bradley, USA

1st Chairman, JCS (1949-1953)
Pitcher

 

 

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     Inn. 1: Bard College Presidents
[Starter] Bradley
Seymour           8          . . .
Fairbairn         4-3        . . .
Bell              E-4        . . X
X@2:Bell          CS 2-4     . . .
     Inn. 1: Chairman Joint Chiefs
[Starter] Botstein
Lemnitzer         2B         . X .
Wheeler           3UN        X . .
Moorer            E-5        . . X 1
Brown             4          . . X
Jones             8          . . X
     Inn. 2: Bard College Presidents
Tewksbury         5-3        . . .
Gray              E-6        . . X
*SB:Gray          SB         . X .
Fuller            K          . X .
Case              1B         . X . 1
Kline             1B         X . X
Botstein          2B         . X . 2
Seymour           3UN        X . .
     Inn. 2: Chairman Joint Chiefs
Vecsey            6-3        . . .
Crowe             1B         . . X
Powell            2B         . X .
X@4:Crowe         7-2        . X .
Bradley           E-6        X . X
Lemnitzer         5-4 F      . . X
     Inn. 3: Bard College Presidents
Fairbairn         1-3        . . .
Bell              5-3        . . .
Tewksbury         HR         . . . 1
Gray              1B         . . X
Fuller            2B         . X . 1
Case              1B         . X . 1
Kline             K          . X .
     Inn. 3: Chairman Joint Chiefs
Wheeler           1B         . . X
Moorer            6-3        . X .
Brown             3-1        X . .
Jones             7          X . .
     Inn. 4: Bard College Presidents
Botstein          8          . . .
Seymour           BB         . . X
Fairbairn         1B         X . X
Bell              K          X . X
Tewksbury         5-4 F      . . X
     Inn. 4: Chairman Joint Chiefs
Vecsey            7          . . .
Crowe             6-3        . . .
Powell            7          . . .
     Inn. 5: Bard College Presidents
Gray              6-3        . . .
Fuller            3B         X . .
Case              9          . . .
X@4:Fuller        9-2 DP     . . .
     Inn. 5: Chairman Joint Chiefs
Bradley           K          . . .
Lemnitzer         6-3        . . .
Wheeler           6-3        . . .
     Inn. 6: Bard College Presidents
Kline             8          . . .
Botstein          K          . . .
Seymour           4-3        . . .
     Inn. 6: Chairman Joint Chiefs
Moorer            8          . . .
Brown             BB         . . X
Jones             1B         X . X
Vecsey            4-3        . X . 1
Crowe             1B         . . X 1
Powell            7          . . X
     Inn. 7: Bard College Presidents
Fairbairn         6-3        . . .
Bell              5-3        . . .
Tewksbury         5-3        . . .
     Inn. 7: Chairman Joint Chiefs
Bradley           3UN        . . .
Lemnitzer         7          . . .
Wheeler           3-1        . . .
     Inn. 8: Bard College Presidents
Gray              3B         X . .
Fuller            8 SACF     . . . 1
Case              4-3        . . .
Kline             1B         . . X
Botstein          7          . . X
     Inn. 8: Chairman Joint Chiefs
Moorer            E-1        . . X
Brown             9          . . X
Jones             5-3        . X .
Vecsey            4-3        X . .
     Inn. 9: Bard College Presidents
Seymour           4-3        . . .
Fairbairn         K          . . .
Bell              4-3        . . .
     Inn. 9: Chairman Joint Chiefs
Crowe             1B         . . X
Powell            6-4-3 DP   . . .
Bradley           9          . . .
Bard College Presidents WIN Game, 7-3

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GAME DATE October 4, 2014
GAME TIME 2 hours, 30 minutes
GAME WEATHER Clear and Sunny, 78oF, Wind from the W at 3mph
UMPIRES
GAME MCP
Most Cosmic Player

Edward Fuller was a professor of chemistry at Bard College from 1935 to 1947. In 1946 he became president of Bard College and held the position till 1950. During WWII Fuller worked on the Manhattan Project based at Columbia. As president, he oversaw the development of an innovative integrated introductory course in the sciences (combining chemistry and physics), promoted Bard as a progressive college, and presided over events such as the international students' conferences; the 1948 poetry conference; and student-led projects, including the organization of the Bard Fire Department and the founding of the campus radio station, WXBC. During his time as president Bard began enrolling women in 1944. Coeducation and Postwar educational subsidies ensured strong enrollment for a time, and the College prospered briefly. (Source: www.bard.edu/bardinblackandwhite/page15.html; Kline, Reamer. "Education for the Common Good." Bard College. Annandale-on-Hudson: 1982;)

OFFICIAL SCORER
GAME ANNOUNCER
Bernard Malamud

Since the Bard College Presidents won this game, the rules gave them the privilege of selecting one of their players to be promoted. Everyone expected the game's MCP Edward Fuller to be selected. However, the team selected Leon Botstein, the game's winning pitcher, for the promotion. A recent profile of Mr. Botstein in The New Yorker may have influenced the selection...

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