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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  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  was definitely no Big Red Machine.
From the day Gerald Ford took the oath of office  until the end  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 , a .500 or so  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 .
Low-key  in a town chock full o' self-promoters.
Universally liked  by those with whom he served.
Probably not destined to keep the job all that long no matter who begged his pardon .
Made a nice run  there toward the end .
By all accounts, by whatever standards one chooses to interpret  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 .
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 never elected: http://www.nndb.com/people/400/000022334/
 favorite city: http://johngushue.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/ford_to_city_drop_dead.jpg
 the day Gerald Ford took the oath of office: http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B08090NYN1974.htm
 end: http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B10030PHI1976.htm
 President Ford: http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-33/11671995195380.xml&coll=6
 .500 or so: http://www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=1057
 tumult: http://www.answers.com/topic/saturday-night-massacre
 Low-key: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,944928,00.html
 liked: http://www.presidentprofiles.com/Kennedy-Bush/Ford-Gerald-R.html
 pardon: http://www.watergate.info/ford/pardon.shtml
 nice run: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._presidential_election,_1976
 end: http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/09011975.htm
 interpret: http://www.amazon.com/Memories-Ford-Administration-John-Updike/dp/0449912116
 Roy McMillan: http://www.ultimatemets.com/profile.php?PlayerCode=0070&tabno=7
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