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HomenetnetAnd now, batting cleanup, Ben S. Bernanke

And now, batting cleanup, Ben S. Bernanke

How about a Ben Bernanke for one Alan Greenspan and two William McChesney Martins?

Trading Fed chairmen could become the newest sport in Foggy Bottom and Wall Street after the outgoing central bank leader got his own baseball card Friday.

On his last day in office, the baseball-following Bernanke at least got his own card, complete with his "stats" during his history-setting run.

The biggest number of Bernanke's tenure well could be 4.1 trillion—the size, in electronic dollars, of the Fed's balance sheet—rather than the more traditional measures of home runs and runs batted in.

There's also trivia: While former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker was noted for the cheap cigars he smoked in office, Bernanke was remembered as sustaining himself on Hot Pockets during his first term on the Fed board.

—By CNBC's Jeff Cox. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxCNBCcom.


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