This letter, the House's oldest artifact documenting the Congressional Baseball Game, invited a local businessman to attend the June 1912 contest, which benefitted local playgrounds. Congressman (and second baseman) Nicholas Longworth feared that the Republicans would not be able to field a team that year: “Our big sticks are all gone, and the Democrats have them now.” A G.O.P. team was fielded but lost the match, 21-20.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Congressional Baseball Game Letter,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2010/2010-016-006/ (July 03, 2022)
Office of the Historian
Office of Art and Archives
Attic, Thomas Jefferson Building
Washington, D.C. 20515