Recently, we had some posts about the Congressional Baseball Game, within which there was mention of Wilmer “Vinegar Bend” Mizell. Mizell, a pitcher, had played for the Cardinals, Pirates, and Mets during his major league career. His nickname had nothing to do with his pitching styles; instead, it referred to the small Alabama town of his birth.
Mizell represented North Carolina in the House from 1969 until 1975. Obviously, his campaign felt his baseball background helped him with voters. He, like Joel Broyhill, was a victim of the anti-Watergate 1974 election, but Mizell went on to serve in the Ford and Reagan administrations.
From William Stanco’s article on the Congressional Baseball Game:
After pitching a few innings and striking out seven consecutive batters in the 1969 congressional game, Democrats protested and insisted that [Mizell] play a different position.
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