"I challenged them to a race." @POTUS / Twitter

President Barack Obama watches the 2015 Congressional Baseball Game surrounded by the Democrat Baseball team.  (Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)
Members of Congress play in the Congressional Baseball Game, 2014.  (repmobrooks/Flickr)
The Color Guard walks onto the field before the National Anthem.  (Chet Susslin )
Supporters of Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash, cheer on their congressman.  (Chet Susslin )
The Democratic team lines up for the National Anthem before the start of the game.  (Chet Susslin )
The presidents race is run around the warning track of Nationals Park.  (Chet Susslin )
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, signs a baseball for a fan during the congressional baseball game at Nationals Park. (Chet Susslin)
The Nationals Park center field score board welcomes fans to the Congressional Baseball game on Thursday, July 14, 2011. (Chet Susslin)
Represesntative Rand Paul (R-KY) at Roll Call's 50th Annual Congressional Baseball Game, 2011. (bootbearwdc/Flickr)
Members of Congress play in the Congressional Baseball Game, 2011.  (bootbearwdc/Flickr)
The democratic bench strikes a pose in the latter inning. (Chet Susslin)
The Pete Sessions cheering section shouts their encouragement. (Chet Susslin)
Members of Congress participate in the annual Congressional Baseball Game, 2011. (bootbearwdc/Flickr)
Members of Congress are interviewed at the Congressional Baseball Game, 2011. (bootbearwdc/Flickr)
Democrats win the Congressional Baseball Game, 2011.  (bootbearwdc/Flickr)
The lineup is displayed on the screen at RFK Stadium, 2006.  (Rog/Flickr)
Senator John Ensign throws a pitch at the 44th Annual Congressional Baseball Game, 2005. (Shaun Heasley/Getty Images)
Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) waits on deck at the 44th Annual Congressional Baseball Game, 2005.  (Shaun Heasley/Getty Images)
Representative Chip Pickering (R-MS) slides into second base as U.S. Representative Jim Marshall (D-GA) tries to tag him out during the 44th Annual Congressional Baseball Game, 2005.  (Shaun Heasley/Getty Images)
Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) warms up at the 44th Annual Congressional Baseball Game, 2005.  (Shaun Heasley/Getty Images)
The Republican Congressional baseball team at the Congressional Baseball Game, 1927.  (Wikimedia Commons)
Members of Congress play in the 1917 Congressional Baseball Game.  (Harris & Ewing/Library of Congress)
President Woodrow Wilson attends the 8th annual Congressional Baseball Game, 1917.  (Congressional Baseball Game Facebook Page)
Red Cross flower girls attended the 1917 Congressional Baseball Game, in which the Democrats squeaked out a victory over the Republicans, 22-21. President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson were among the spectators, as well as former Speaker Joe Cannon, who served as score keeper, and Representative Jeannette Rankin, who threw out the first pitch. All proceeds of ticket and souvenir sales benefitted the Red Cross. (International Film Service/United States House of Representatives History, Art, and Archives)
Congressional Republican Team at the Congressional Baseball Game, 1913. The team lost to the Democrats.  (Wikimedia Commons)
A half-page New York Times spread comprises photos of each team, players in action, and a pantomimed fight between two umpires, 1912. The game — which was won by the Democrats for the third time in a row — was played at American League Stadium. (New York Times/United States House of Representatives History, Art, and Archives)
This letter, the House's oldest artifact documenting the Congressional Baseball Game, invited a local businessman to attend the June 1912 contest, which benefitted local playgrounds. Congressman (and second baseman) Nicholas Longworth feared that the Republicans would not be able to field a team that year: "Our big sticks are all gone, and the Democrats have them now." A G.O.P. team was fielded but lost the match, 21-20. (House of Representatives History, Art and Archives)

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