Monday, May 22, 2006

Important facts about the government

While visiting Washington DC this week, the Houston Astros are unlikely to learn any of the following facts about our government, and it's Presidents:
As it turns out, the Washington Nationals aren't really the 4th branch of government, and the other 3 aren't really the Legislative Branch, the Judicial Branch, and Texas. It seems that other branch is actually known as the Executive Branch.
Also, surprising as this may sound, people who are elected to the Presidency of the United States aren't actually legally required to change their birthdays to be the third Monday in February. In fact, there are in fact 41 different days on which a US President was born, and Craig Biggio has been hit by a pitch on 12 of them. Among those days, Biggio has been hit the most (4 times) on the birthday of Astros fan George Herbert Walker Bush. He's been plunked 3 times on Calvin Coolidge's and Harry Truman's birthdays, twice each on Benjamin Harrison's, Thomas Jefferson's, John F. Kennedy's, and James Monroe's birthdays, and once each on the birthdays of William Howard Taft, Lyndon Johnson, Herbert Hoover, Ulysses S. Grant and John Quincy Adams. In total, Craig Biggio has been hit by a pitch 23 times on the birthdays of US Presidents.

While Biggio has only been plunked on 12 of the 41 days on which a President was born, he's been hit on 15 of the 35 days on which a President has died. He's been hit 27 times on those dates. He's been plunked 3 times on the dates when Warren Harding, Richard Nixon, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Monroe died, but of course Jefferson, Adams and Monroe all died on the same date (July 4). Biggio has been hit by a pitch twice on the date of death of Andrew Johnson, Martin Van Buren, Ulysses S. Grant, James Madison, Andrew Jackson, and James Buchanan. He's been hit once on the dates of death of James Garfield, William McKinley, Zachary Taylor, Franklin Roosevelt, William Henry Harrison and Ronald Reagan. However, Biggio was plunked on the date of Reagan's death the year before Reagan died, and one of his three plunks on the date Nixon died was 5 years before Nixon's actual death.

Biggio was plunked on both the birth and death dates of Presidents Jefferson, Monroe and Grant.



At 5/24/2006 02:07:00 PM, Anonymous Ken (from Maryland) said...

WOW..what a site!! I found out about this site from the Washington Post Article on May 24, 2006. I was impressed about the President Plunking and with only 25 of the President's birthdays falling within baseball season [March 25th to November 10th] the number is more impressive.

At 8/31/2007 11:38:00 AM, Blogger Brad said...

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At 8/31/2007 11:39:00 AM, Blogger Brad said...

Im majoring in polysci, but none of my professors have mentioned any of this..."education" these days. HA.

Looks like presidents dying could be beneficial to BGO. i know both bush's have had recent surgeries...we can only hope...


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