Dr. Paul: "I’ve never been afraid to be bold," @ Congressional Baseball Hall of Fame InductionSubmitted by AnCapMercenary on Fri, 06/29/2012 - 01:16
Check out our Gray Champ strutin' his stuff, rockin' his O.G. Houston Astros uniform!
Next, he threw out the first pitch, coming down off the mound to send it home to his son, Rand Paul, who took the role of catcher.
Elizabeth Traynor on June 28, 2012 at 7:53 pm
Ron Paul never expected to get recognized for baseball.
“It’s interesting. I never thought I was much of a baseball player,” Paul said. “I always wanted to play baseball and the only time I got to play was on the baseball team in Congress.”
The Texas Representative was inducted into the CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Hall of Fame before Thursday night’s Congressional Baseball game, becoming the 22nd member of the institution and the first Texas legislator to earn a slot.
Paul, who wore a throwback Houston Astros jersey to Nationals Park, quietly walked along the infield before the game with his family, pausing a few times for pictures and interviews.
Before play began, Paul was officially inducted into the Hall of Fame, capping a Congressional baseball career that boasted a .294 batting average, six runs scored and six runs batted in during seven games. Perhaps most memorably was the homer he smacked in 1979, a hit that cleared the left field wall of Alexandria’s Four Mile Run Park for the first out-of-the-park home run in the Congressional Baseball game’s history.
By Meredith Shiner
Roll Call Staff
June 28, 2012, 10:37 p.m.
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) was inducted into the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Hall of Fame, enshrined for a home run that he hit in the 1970s. The most striking statement by Paul, known for his independent libertarian streak and his perennial presidential candidacy, was his clothing choice.
Clothed in a late-1970s Houston Astros uniform — dubbed by many as one of the ugliest in the history of sports — Paul, when asked by Roll Call of his sartorial preferences, played up his token line.
“I’ve never been afraid to be bold,” he said.
During his short-lived Congressional baseball career, “They always put me in center, but I had trouble with it, so I insisted they put me in right field,” the libertarian icon said.
His son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), however, was a bit more blunt.
“My guess is that he has no idea that that was dubbed one of the 10 ugliest. But here’s the good news: How many people can wear the same set of clothes 30 years later? Some people outgrow their clothes and he hasn’t,” the younger Paul said, before justifying his father’s choice with a Reaganism. “As Reagan said, ‘Paint in bold colors, not pastels.’”
UPDATE 1: More Pictures.
June 29, 2012 | 12:53 a.m.
After a contentious day on the Hill, Democrats and Republicans squared off against each other in the 2012 Congressional Baseball Game for Charity at Nationals Park on Thursday night. The proceeds from the game benefit The Washington Literacy Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. The Democrats walked away with an 18-5 victory.
UPDATE 2: A HomeRun Blaster from the Past, courtesy of photoshopwiz!
UPDATE 3: Courtesy of ClackForRonPaul!
He's the only member of Congress to ever hit a HomeRun [out of the park]! Days later, the Cold War ended. Coincidence? I think not!
Home Run Lands Ron Paul in Hall of Fame
Back in 1979, Rep. Ron Paul hit what is believed to be the first home run during a Congressional Baseball Game.
By David Meyers
CQ Roll Call Staff
June 27, 2012, 3:52 p.m.
There are Hall of Famers like Hank Aaron, who piled up massive numbers over long careers. And there are Hall of Famers like Bill Mazeroski, who had nice careers but earned their enshrinement based on singular moments. This year’s CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Hall of Fame inductee falls into the latter category.
In 1979, Rep. Ron Paul crushed a slow curveball from then-Rep. Ron Mottl that cleared the left-field wall just to the right of the 310-foot mark in Alexandria’s Four Mile Run Park. The Texas Republican is believed to be the first person to hit one out of the park during a Congressional Baseball Game.
It even had a bit of “The Natural” in it. Roll Call reported that when Paul, whose only pre-Congressional baseball experience derived from the sandlots of his youth, came to bat in the sixth inning, his knees were “swabbed in yards of bandages, a precaution after operations over the years.”
More Pix: http://www.rollcall.com/gallery/1_731/
UPDATE 5: Video Coverage, Courtesy of Robert Johnson!!!
Published on Jun 29, 2012 by TeamGlittarazzi
Members of the House took to the field for the Congressional Baseball Game for charity. Republicans and Democrats butted heads with the Democrats coming up on top 18-5. Rep. Ron Paul was induction into to the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Hall of Fame for his infamous home run back in 1983.
Greg Blakey - @GregBlakeyPhoto
Our favorite Libertarian presidential candidate, Ron Paul, was inducted into the Congressional Baseball Hall of Fame at Washington Nationals Park Thursday evening.
Ron was joined by the most athletic congressional and senatorial representatives -- including his son, Sen. Rand Paul -- at the 51st Annual CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.