GAME-CHANGERS

Top 10 American sportsmen who have taken their talents to the political arena

Schwarzenegger famously became the Governor of California. Photo via: Wiki Commons.

Happy Election Day Houston. Regardless of which Presidential candidate comes away victorious, millions of Americans hope that 2020 will be the last year sports and politics clash. Here are the top 10 American sportsmen who have taken their talents to the political world.

1. Jesse Ventura (Ind)- Famed wrestler Jesse "The Body" Ventura served as Minnesota's governor from 1999 to 2003.

2. Frank White (D)- White had an illustrious 18 year career with the Kansas City Royals that included five trips to the All-Star Game and a World Series ring. He served as a member of the Jackson County (Missouri) Legislature from 2014 to 2016. He has since become a county executive.

3. Walter Johnson (R)- The Hall of Fame fireballer pitched three Triple Crown (strikeout, wins, ERA) seasons during his illustrious 20-year career in MLB. After his award-winning trip to Cooperstown, "The Big Train" took a chance in the political world and served as commissioner of Montgomery County, Maryland.

4. Jack Mildren (D)- The former Oklahoma and New England Patriots quarterback served as Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma from 1991 until 1995.

5. Tom McMillen (D)- McMillen played basketball for the University of Maryland and went on to the NBA for the Buffalo Braves, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, and Washington Bullets. Following his NBA career, he became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland's 4th district from 1987 to 1993.

6. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)- The three-time Mr. Universe and seven-time Mr. Olympia served as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.

7. Corey Booker (D)- Booker caught one touchdown pass in three years of playing tight end at Stanford. Booker claims that being cut his senior year helped craft his political career leading to becoming a US senator from New Jersey.

8. Anthony Gonzalez (R)- The 2007 1st round NFL pick out of Ohio State played five years at wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts. He has been serving as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio's 16th district since last year.

9. Kevin Johnson (D)- Johnson played in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns from 1987 to 2000. He completed his B.A. in political science from Cal Berkeley after retiring, and went on to serve as Mayor of Sacramento from 2008 to 2016.

10. Colin Allred (D)- After a standout career at Baylor University, Allred played linebacker in the NFL for the Tennessee Titans from 2006-2010. Since 2019, Allred has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas 32nd district.

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Carlos Correa had a big home run Saturday night. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

With four wins in a row, including the first two of this series, Houston had a chance to keep their momentum going to lock up a series win on Saturday in this four-game set. Although Texas would make it interesting late, the Astros would hold them off to get the victory.

Final Score: Astros 6, Rangers 5

Astros' Record: 23-17, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Luis Garcia (1-3)

Losing Pitcher: Dane Dunning (2-3)

Action in the first

After getting trounced the night prior, the Rangers managed to grab early momentum with a run to start the scoring Saturday night against Luis Garcia. It came after a one-out triple set up a sac fly, giving Texas a 1-0 lead. Houston quickly took control back in their favor, though, putting up four in the bottom of the inning on a two-RBI single by Alex Bregman and a two-run homer by Carlos Correa, making it 4-1 Astros.

The scoreboard went quiet after that inning, with both teams slowing down at the plate. Garcia put together a decent night, allowing just the one run over five innings of work, erasing some runners throughout the night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 94 P.

Rangers tighten it up late

Bryan Abreu was the first reliever to enter for Houston, taking over for Garcia in the top of the sixth. He worked around a leadoff single, keeping it a three-run game, then returned for a 1-2-3 top of the seventh. Correa led off with a double in the bottom of the inning, setting up a two-run Kyle Tucker homer, extending his recent hot streak and the lead to 6-1.

Ryne Stanek took over on the mound for Houston in the top of the eighth but worked himself into trouble with a single and walk to set up a three-run homer by Joey Gallo to make it a two-run game at 6-4. He would manage just one out before a walk would prompt Dusty Baker to move on to Brandon Bielak. Bielak would allow a run while getting the final two outs, making it 6-5.

Astros secure the series

After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, Ryan Pressly would try to notch another save and close the door on the Rangers. He would get the job done, sitting the Rangers down in order, keeping Houston's winning streak intact.

Up Next: The finale of this four-game set will start at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Lance McCullers JR. (3-1, 3.10 ERA), fresh off of a recent gem, will look to continue his success for the Astros, while Kyle Gibson (3-0, 2.28) will try to stay perfect on the season for the Rangers.

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