In one of the first recorded instances of political correctness, on this date in 102 years ago President William Howard Taft went through great lengths not to appear un-American. Or un-National, for that matter, on a visit to St. Louis.
Taft was invited to watch the Cardinals play the Reds at Robison Field. But, as not to miff the St. Louis American Leaguers, he left in the middle of the game and went across town to Sportsman's Park to see the Browns take on the Cleveland Naps.
Perhaps the President would have been better off if he did it the other way around.
The Redbirds were off to a terrible 5-10 start. But they had the bats working that day and beat Cincinnati 12-3 behind first baseman Ed Konetchy and second sacker Miller Huggins.
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Meanwhile, the Browns were an equally lousy 3-8 to start the season -- and things didn't get any better on that particular day as they lost to the Red Sox 4-3.
The Brownies would finish the season at 44-94 in dead last in the eight team American League. The Cardinals edged out the Boston Braves with a 57-77 record for seventh out of eight teams in the Senior Circuit.