This American president began the tradition of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to open the baseball season:
William Howard Taft
William Howard Taft.
On April 14, 1910, President William Howard Taft began a sports tradition by throwing out the first pitch on baseball?s Opening Day. Taft threw to Washington Senator pitcher Walter Johnson, who went on to hurl a shutout win, allowing the Philadelphia Phillies just one hit and ending the day with a 3-0 victory for Washington. Since 1910, presidents have officially opened the season with a toss of the baseball.
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