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Berryman, Busy Season for the Shortstop, 1906

This political cartoon by popular satirist Clifford Berryman portrays President Theodore Roosevelt in an all-American "baseball player" image. In the picture, the progressive Roosevelt finds himself under pressure with a number of baseballs aimed at him at once, each labeled with a piece of legislation introduced to address corruption and monopolization in the railroad industry. Roosevelt, a progressive Republican who supported some regulations on large businesses to protect consumers, charted a middle course between the various pieces of progressive legislation—a style that would characterize much of his presidency.

Clifford Berryman, Busy Season for the Shortstop, May 12, 1906. U.S. Senate Collection, Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives.