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Abe Lincoln Baseball Cartoon

Abe Lincoln Baseball Cartoon

This pro-Abraham Lincoln cartoon, published in the aftermath of his victory in the 1860 presidential election, portrays the president-elect along with his defeated campaign rivals--John Bell, Stephen A. Douglas and John C. Breckinridge--opposing each other in a baseball game.

Lincoln stands astride "Home Base," holding a split rail for a bat inscribed with the labels "Equal Rights and Free Territory," offering advice to the rudely "skunk'd" losers (note the small furry creature with the lifted tail): "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.'"