Aside from incumbent presidents, it's hard to name all the men who ran for president and lost. I can probably name about ten, but I like remembering stuff like that. The most famous is Adlai Stevenson. He lost twice. Once to Rutherford B. Hayes and again to Grover Cleveland. He became semi-famous for being the runner up.
This story is even stranger. This is Adlai Stevenson III, Adlai's grandson. He ran for president twice against Eisenhower and lost both times. I guess losers run in the family for the Stevensons.
Everyone remembers Babe Ruth for hitting 714 home runs, but who had the record before him? His name was Roger Conner. Nobody remembers Roger. He actually had 138 home runs, before Ruth clobbered that record with his 714. True, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds beat the Babe (although, I am not sure Barry deserved it), but we will always remember Babe, even if he is third now. Roger Conner remains unknown.
Secretariat is a famous racehorse. Won the triple crown, almost effortlessly. Amazing animal. I remember it well. But does anyone remember Sham? The horse way in the distance who came in second. Sham was undefeated before facing Secretariat. One race probably turned this horse into hamburgers or glue. Hopefully he got some stud work in before his fate.
Now here is an unfortunate soul. This is Pete Best. He was the drummer for The Beatles before Ringo Starr. Talk about coming in second? Pete still tours with his band and talks about his days with the fab three. I think it was literally, days. I wonder if he is bitter about the whole experience. My guess is YES. I don't blame him. I can't imagine saying John, Paul, George and Pete. It doesn't really roll off the tongue. Not only that, he was beat out by Ringo. (sorry Ringo fans, all three of you)