Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shaping of American Political Culture, Volume 1 (2001) Edited by Nancy Beck Young, William D. Pederson, Byron W. Daynes
(Popular biographer John) Gunther describes Roosevelt as a casual fan who liked the game "if it was a lively game full of slugging; a pitcher's duel bored him." Gunther's observation is apparently based on FDR's letter to James P. Dawson of the New York Times, which was read at the Fourteenth Annual Dinner of the New York Chapter, Baseball Writer's Association of America.
The president wrote, "When it comes to baseball I am the kind of fan who wants to get plenty of action for his money. I have some appreciation of a game which is featured by a pitcher's duel and results in a score of one to nothing. But I must confess that I get the biggest kick out of the biggest score--a game in which the batters pole the ball into the far corners of the field, the outfielders scramble and men run the bases. In short, my idea of the best game is one that guarantees the fans a combined score of not less than fifteen runs, divided about eight to seven."
大統領はニューヨークタイムズのJames P. Dawsonに宛てて書いた手紙の中で、例の「野球で一番面白い試合」について述べています。大統領はベースボール・ライターズ・アソシエーションの年一度のパーティーを欠席したので、そのパーティーの中でその手紙が読み上げられたそうです。