Emperor Obama will more than likely continue the tradition and throw out the 1st pitch today when the Washington Nationals open their season vs. the New York Mets.
Who was the President who started the tradition of throwing out the ceremonial 1st pitch on Baseball’s Opening Day?
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How many of the former Presidents in the following poster can you identify?
#1 =Woodrow Wilson; #2 = Ronald Reagan; #3 = Herbert Hoover; #4 – George W Bush; #5 = Richard Nixon; #6 = Jimmy Carter; #7 = William Howard Taft; #8 = Franklin D Roosevelt; #9 = Warren Harding; #10 = Bill Clinton; #11 = Calvin Coolidge; #12 = George H W Bush; #13 =John F Kennedy; #14 = Dwight D Eisenhower; #15 = Harry Truman; #16 = Gerry Ford; #17 = Lyndon Johnson
Answer To Initial Question:
President William Howard Taft was the 1st President to throw out a ceremonial pitch at the Washington Senators opening day game in 1910.
Note re President Taft & baseball:
It is highly fitting that President William Howard Taft established the tradition of the ceremonial Presidential 1st pitch on opening day of the baseball season because of the historical role baseball played in his life and U S history.
Legend has it that when Taft was a young man growing up in Cincinnati, he was an extremely good sandlot baseball player who aspired to a career as a professional player. In fact, despite his family’s strenuous objections, young Taft secretly had signed a contract to catch for the Cincinnati Reds. He planned to finish out his last season as an amateur, then leave home and join the professional team.
However, fate interfered with Taft’s plans because in his last game as an amateur, he broke his leg and would be unable to ever again play baseball. There was nothing left for young Bill to do but to accede to his family wishes and attend college, law school and become like his father – “a stuffy old lawyer”
Not only did Taft attend college, law school and became a distinguished lawyer he went on to become
The 27th President of the United States of America
the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Pat & Frank Fleming
April 6, 2015