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"Next to religion, baseball has furnished a greater impact on American life than any other institution," Hoover said. The former president played shortstop growing up and said baseball is the greatest of all team sports. He attended a great number of baseball games while in office and threw out first pitches in the 1929, 1930 and 1931 World Series.(Credit: AP, 1938)

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U.S. presidents in sports

United States presidents from the past 100 years have included sports fans, former athletes and one-time broadcasters. Read about Richard Nixon's spot in Redskins history, Bill Clinton's golf game and Barack Obama's Chicago fandom.

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