It's Presidents' Day, so we thought we'd take a look at the Buccos' all-time roster and see just how we match up, name-wise, with the POTUS over the years.
The Father of our Country is barely represented; UL Washington (SS, 1986-87) is the only namesake we could dig up. The Railsplitter did better. The Bucs had Abraham "Honest Abe" Nunez (IF, 1997-2004) to go along with Bad Brad Lincoln (P, 2007, 2009-12) and Mike Lincoln (P, 2001-03).
|"Honest" Brad Lincoln (J Meric/Getty Images)|
Thomas Jefferson's only Pirate scion is Jesse Jefferson, a little used pitcher from 1980. John Quincy Adams did better. He had three Adams rostered, the best of which was easily World Series hero Babe Adams (P, 1907-26).
US Grant and Mudcat (P, 1970-71) share a surname, and another Grant, Grant Jackson (1977-82), covers Old Hickory as the icing of the five Jacksons who donned Pittsburgh uniforms.
JFK has only Brickyard Kennedy (P, 1903) in the Black & Gold. Jimmy Carter has one namesake, Steve, an outfielder from 1989-90. The Bush duo is covered by pitchers Guy (1935-36) and Joe (1926-27). Lyndon and Andrew Johnson share last names with a half dozen Pirates, chiefly 1B Mark (1995-97) and P Bob (1971-73).
The James, Madison and Monroe, have namesakes in Art Madison (2B, 1899) and Craig Monroe (OF, 2009). Zachary Taylor has his pick - Carl Taylor (OF, 1968-69, 1971) leads the list of five Taylors, though Zachary Duke (P, 2005-10) might be a better choice. And of course, the Gunner's call of a Hoover when the Bucs turned two takes care of Herbert.
Grover Cleveland has Elmer (3b, 1888), Benjamin Harrison is proudly repped by 3B Josh (2010 - current), and Rutherford Hayes can flip a coin between Jackie (C, 1883-84) or 3B Charlie (1996). C/GM Harding Peterson (1955, 57-59 as a player; 1976-85 as GM) will make do for Warren Harding.
|Zach "Taylor" Duke|
The one-and-out CSA prez, Jefferson Davis, had a dozen Pirates that shared his name - Brandy, Butch, Dick, Harry, Ike (tho he could be our Eisenhower dude), JJ, Jason, Lefty, Rajai, Ron, Spud and Trench - but he's just a gray footnote now.
And yes, we will get back to balls-and-bats baseball soon, we promise!