Much has been made of President Barack Obama's hoops lineage, but the lithe lefty is not the only Commander in Chief to be a sports enthusiast. Here's a look at some of the most sporty leaders to take the oath.
1. Theodore Roosevelt: As the steward of the people, the 26th president, an outdoorsman by nature, established the Tennis Cabinet for lunch-time matches and installed the White House's first tennis court. Though he feared Americans viewed the sport as "effete", as his biographer Edmund Morris writes, he did serve and volley in his private space.
2. George H.W. Bush: While his son, George W . Bush, was owner of the Texas Rangers, No. 41 actually played the sport. As a left-handed first baseman, he captained the Bulldogs and partook in the first-ever College World Series. Ever the politician, the lanky Bush took part in a photo opportunity with Babe Ruth before a game during his senior season. In his later years, he did not his golf game, either. Instead, it sped up.
3. Richard Nixon: "Nixon's Play", much like Watergate, was a black eye for the disgraced president. It was called on Dec. 26, 1971, during the first round of the NFC playoffs. The Redskins were on the 49ers' 8-yard line, ready to score. Washington coach George Allen, a friend of Nixon's, called a wide-receiver reverse, which the 49ers defense read easily. It went for a 13-yard loss. One TV broadcaster quipped, "That must have been a play Richard Nixon called in to George Allen."
4. Bill Clinton: Long-time SI scribe Rick Reilly once dubbed Bubba as "an Oxford man with a publinx soul" after playing a round with him, but the former Arkansas Governor was also a pig in mud for the Razorbacks title runs in the 90s.
5. Ronald Reagan: Best known for winning two terms for the GOP, Dutch he played the role of George "The Gipper" Gipp in the film Knute Rockne, All American and he also recreated Chicago Cubs games from the studio for radio broadcasts.
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