William Howard Taft, on April 14th 1910. He threw the first pitch to the Washington senator's pitcher to begin the game, then stayed to watch the rest of it, enjoying himself so mucht hat every president since has done the same thing.
It was President William Howard Taft who threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Washington Senators home opener against the Philadelphia Athletics to start the 1910 American League season.
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Baseball is a game of balls and strikes: the pitcher throws the ball, and the batter tries to hit it. If the batter swings at the ball and misses, that is called a strike. A batter gets three strikes (three efforts to swing at the ball) before being called "out."
The first President to throw out a first pitch in Major League Baseball was William Howard Taft in 1910. So none of the earlier Presidents did. Since then, every US President has tossed a pitch in either the All Star Game, the World Series, or the first game of the baseball season.
William Howard Taft was the first to open the major league baseball season by throwing out the first pitch on April 14, 1910. McKinley threw out the first pitch in a minor league game as governor of Ohio before he was President.
William Howard Taft
William Howard Taft was the first President to do the honors when he threw a ball from his seat in the stands to the Washington Senator's opening day pitcher, Walter Johnson, on April 14, 1910.
President William Howard Taft threw out the ceremonial "first pitch" to open the 1910 season for the Washingto Senators home opener against the Philadelphia Athletics.
The ceremonial first pitch was by President Bush. The first pitch of the game was by Curt Schilling.
On April 14, 1910, President William Howard Taft began the tradition of the President throwing the first pitch at the baseball season opener. Legend has it that President Taft was also responsible for baseball's seventh inning stretch. While attending a baseball game, President Taft rose to stretch between halves of the seventh inning. The crowd (ever polite, as baseball fans are) rose in unison out of respect for the President. The tradition continues to this day.
Willian Howard Taft threw out the first ceremonial first pitch in the Washington Senators home opener against the Philadelphia Athletics in 1910.
On July 7, 1937, Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first president to attend a Major League Baseball All-Star game. He was also the first to throw out the first pitch at a game.
The idea of tossing out the first ball is relatively recent. None of the first 25 or so Presidents did it. Every president from Taft on threw out the first ball on opening day of a new major league season.
President Bill Clinton by: "Tony the genious"