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Presidential First Pitches

A list of ceremonial first pitches thrown by sitting U.S. Presidents

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A sitting United States President first threw out a ceremonial first pitch in 1910, a tradition started by William Howard Taft. A look at ceremonial first pitches by presidents in baseball history:

1910: William Howard Taft, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1911: William Howard Taft, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1913: Woodrow Wilson, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1915: Woodrow Wilson, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1915: Woodrow Wilson, Philadelphia Phillies (Game 2, World Series, loss)

1916: Woodrow Wilson, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1921: Warren Harding, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1922: Warren Harding, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1923: Warren Harding, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1924: Calvin Coolidge, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1924: Calvin Coolidge, Washington Senators (Game 1, World Series, loss)

1925: Calvin Coolidge, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1925: Calvin Coolidge, Washington Senators (Game 3, World Series, win)

1927: Calvin Coolidge, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1928: Calvin Coolidge, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1929: Herbert Hoover, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1929: Herbert Hoover, Philadelphia Athletics (Game 1, World Series, win)

1930: Herbert Hoover, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1930: Herbert Hoover, Philadelphia Athletics (Game 3, World Series, loss)

1931: Herbert Hoover, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1932: Herbert Hoover, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1933: Franklin Roosevelt, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1933: Franklin Roosevelt, Washington Senators (Game 3, World Series, win)

1934: Franklin Roosevelt, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1935: Franklin Roosevelt, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1936: Franklin Roosevelt, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1936: Franklin Roosevelt, New York Yankees (Game 2, World Series, win)

1937: Franklin Roosevelt, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1937: Franklin Roosevelt, Washington (All-Star Game)

1938: Franklin Roosevelt, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1940: Franklin Roosevelt, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1941: Franklin Roosevelt, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1946: Harry Truman, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1947: Harry Truman, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1948: Harry Truman, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1949: Harry Truman, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1950: Harry Truman, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1951: Harry Truman, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1952: Harry Truman, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1953: Dwight Eisenhower, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1954: Dwight Eisenhower, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1955: Dwight Eisenhower, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1956: Dwight Eisenhower, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1956: Dwight Eisenhower, Brooklyn Dodgers (Game 1, World Series, win)

1957: Dwight Eisenhower, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1958: Dwight Eisenhower, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1959: Dwight Eisenhower, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1960: Dwight Eisenhower, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1961: John Kennedy, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1962: John Kennedy, Washington Senators (opening day, win)

1963: John Kennedy, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1964: Lyndon Johnson, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1965: Lyndon Johnson, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1967: Lyndon Johnson, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1969: Richard Nixon, Washington Senators (opening day, loss)

1970: Richard Nixon, Cincinnati (All-Star Game)

1973: Richard Nixon, California Angels (opening day, win)

1976: Gerald Ford, Texas Rangers (opening day, win)

1976: Gerald Ford, Philadelphia (All-Star Game)

1979: Jimmy Carter, Baltimore Orioles (Game 7, World Series, loss)

1984: Ronald Reagan, Baltimore Orioles (opening day, loss)

1986: Ronald Reagan, Baltimore Orioles (opening day, loss)

1988: Ronald Reagan, Chicago Cubs (opening day, loss)

1989: George H.W. Bush, Baltimore Orioles (opening day, win)

1990: George H.W. Bush, Toronto Blue Jays (opening day, win)

1991: George H.W. Bush, Texas Rangers (opening day, loss)

1992: George H.W. Bush, Baltimore Orioles (opening day, win)

1993: Bill Clinton, Baltimore Orioles (opening day, loss)

1994: Bill Clinton, Cleveland Indians (opening day, win)

1996: Bill Clinton, Baltimore Orioles (opening day, win)

1997: Bill Clinton, New York Mets (opening day, win)

2000: Bill Clinton, San Francisco Giants (opening day, loss)

2001: George W. Bush, Milwaukee Brewers (opening day, win)

2001: George W. Bush, New York Yankees (Game 3, World Series, win)

2004: George W. Bush, St. Louis Cardinals (opening day, loss)

2005: George W. Bush, Washington Nationals (opening day, win)

2006: George W. Bush, Cincinnati Reds (opening day, loss)

2008: George W. Bush, Washington Nationals (opening day, win)

2009: Barack Obama, St. Louis (All-Star Game)

2010: Barack Obama, Washington Nationals (opening day)

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