Congressional Baseball Game (From the Office of the Clerk of the House)
Although popular, the event has at times interrupted the work flow of Congress. In 1914, Speaker James “Champ” Clark of Missouri became frustrated with the Congressional Baseball Game interfering with legislative business. An Appropriations bill on Civil War cotton damage was to be debated on the House Floor, but a quorum was not present. Speaker Clark sent the Sergeant at Arms to American League Field to return the Members to the House Chamber. When the Sergeant at Arms arrived, rain had already canceled the game. Enough Members eventually came back to the chamber, but the House adjourned due to a lack of enthusiasm of the Members.