In his memoir, Duke Ellington recalled his childhood in Washington, D.C.
“There were many open lots around Washington then,” he claimed, “and we used to play baseball at an old tennis court on Sixteenth Street. President Roosevelt would come by on his horse sometimes, and stop and watch us play. When he got ready to go, he would wave and we would wave at him. That was Teddy Roosevelt – just him and his horse, nobody guarding him.”