The national game. Three “outs” and one “run”

The national game. Three “outs” and one “run”

Title: The national game. Three “outs” and one “run”

Year: 1860

Creator: Louis Maurer, Currier and Ives, New York

Description: John Bell, Stephen A. Douglas, John C. Breckinridge, and Abraham Lincoln are on the baseball field. They are saying:

Bell: It appears to me very singular that we three should strike “foul” and be “put out” while old Abe made such a “good lick.
Douglas: That’s because he had that confounded rail, to strike with. I thought our fusion would be a “short stop” to his career.
Breckinridge: I guess I’d better leave for Kentucky, for I smell something strong around here, and begin to think that we are completely “skunked.”
Lincoln: Gentlemen, if any of you should ever take a hand in another match at this game, remember that you must have “a good bat” and strike a “fair ball” to make a “clean score” & a “home run.”

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