Sep 30, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Bat time: Rs vs. Ds

Margin of victory in annual Congressional baseball game
Data: U.S House of Representatives; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Republicans narrowly broke the Democrats' three-game winning streak in the annual Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday night.

Why it matters: Although congressional baseball games have been played since the early 1900s — at times against the media — it's been an annual, partisan affair since 1962.

Between the lines: The highlight of this year's game was a rare, out-of-the-park home run hit by Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.).

  • It sent congressional Republicans to a 13-12, seven-inning victory.
  • President Biden attended the game and visited both dugouts.
  • The event raised $1.2 million for charity.
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