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November 22, 2015

20 Vintage Photos of America's Sportiest Presidents

Nearly all of the 20th-century presidents played sports (or at least acted like they did). Some were big-time college football stars, while others were recreational golfers.

The archives are full of photos of presidents playing sports in order to connect with the common man. There's something strangely intriguing about seeing these legendary figures so out of context.

1. Woodrow Wilson throwing the first pitch at a baseball game in Washington, 1916.

2. Warren G. Harding golfing in New Hampshire, 1921.

3. Herbert Hoover fishing in Mills Creek at his Rapidan Camp in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, also known as "Camp Hoover", 1932.

4. Richard Nixon playing football at Whittier College in the 1930s.

5. Harry S. Truman golfing in Key West.

6. John F. Kennedy swimming for the varsity team at Harvard, 1938.

7. Ronald Reagan playing Notre Dame halfback George Gipp in the 1940 film "Knute Rockne - All American".

8. Harry S. Truman fishing for salmon in Washington's Puget Sound, 1945.

9. Ronald Reagan taking a hurdle with his horse, Tar Baby, in Van Nuys, California, 1948.

10. Ronald Reagan practicing with Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Lemon, 1951.

11. Dwight D. Eisenhower golfing in Rhode Island, 1957.

12. JFK and Jackie O. sailing on their family yacht in Nantucket, 1960.

13. JFK and Jackie O. golfing in Rhode Island, 1963.

14. Lyndon B. Johnson herding cattle at his LBJ Ranch in Texas, 1964.

15. Richard Nixon golfing in Key Biscayne, 1968.

16. Gerald Ford taking a spill on Bwana Run in Vail, Colorado, 1975.

17. Gerald Ford golfing in Vail, 1975.

18. Jimmy Carter running for first during a softball game, 1976.

19. George H.W. Bush running along the Potomac River in Washington, DC, 1989.

20. Bill Clinton and Al Gore taking a jog in Little Rock, Arkansas, 1992.

And now. Barack Obama golfing at the White House.

(via BusinessInsider)


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