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Memories of the Ford Administration

Posted By Greg Prince On December 27, 2006 @ 3:17 pm In Main Page | Comments Disabled

The only president never elected [1] president or vice president liked to deprecate himself as “a Ford, not a Lincoln”. And while he was president, the National League representative of his favorite city [2] was definitely no Big Red Machine.
From the day Gerald Ford took the oath of office [3] until the end [4] of the final baseball season of his presidency, the New York Mets compiled a record of 192 wins and 186 losses.
Sounds about right.
Here's to President Ford [5], a .500 or so [6] chief executive uniquely suited to the .500 or so life and times that defined not just our ballclub but our country in the mid-1970s.
An interim manager thrust to the helm of an outfit in dire need of steady, reassuring guidance following an age of tumult [7].
Low-key [8] in a town chock full o' self-promoters.
Universally liked [9] by those with whom he served.
Probably not destined to keep the job all that long no matter who begged his pardon [10].
Made a nice run [11] there toward the end [12].
By all accounts, by whatever standards one chooses to interpret [13] the won-lost record, a good and decent man.
As presidents go, Jerry Ford wasn't a Lincoln. He was America's very own Roy McMillan [14].


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[1] never elected: http://www.nndb.com/people/400/000022334/

[2] favorite city: http://johngushue.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/ford_to_city_drop_dead.jpg

[3] the day Gerald Ford took the oath of office: http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B08090NYN1974.htm

[4] end: http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B10030PHI1976.htm

[5] President Ford: http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-33/11671995195380.xml&coll=6

[6] .500 or so: http://www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=1057

[7] tumult: http://www.answers.com/topic/saturday-night-massacre

[8] Low-key: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,944928,00.html

[9] liked: http://www.presidentprofiles.com/Kennedy-Bush/Ford-Gerald-R.html

[10] pardon: http://www.watergate.info/ford/pardon.shtml

[11] nice run: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._presidential_election,_1976

[12] end: http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/09011975.htm

[13] interpret: http://www.amazon.com/Memories-Ford-Administration-John-Updike/dp/0449912116

[14] Roy McMillan: http://www.ultimatemets.com/profile.php?PlayerCode=0070&tabno=7

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