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The former high-school baseball star won two MVP awards in his 11 seasons, batting .444 and providing stellar defense at first base. Equally important, the Republicans were 10-1 during his career.2011: Melvin Watt, D-N.C.
Watt, the first African-American member of the Hall of Fame, was the Democrat’s starting pitcher for 11 straight years during a period of Republican ascendancy.2012: Ron Paul, R-Texas
Paul retired from congressional baseball with a .294 batting average over seven games. In 1979, he hit what is believed to be the first home run hit out of the park during a Congressional Baseball Game.
The 52nd Annual CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game is Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at Nationals Park. Tickets can be purchased at congressionalbaseball.org.