This day in baseball: POTUS’s first World Series

At Griffith Stadium on October 4, 1924, Calvin Coolidge became the first United States President to attend a World Series opener.  The Giants managed to defeat the hometown Senators in 12 innings that day, with a score of 4-3.

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President Calvin Coolidge and First Lady Grace Coolidge at a baseball game with Coolidge’s secretary C. Bascom Slemp at right, 1924 (Library of Congress)


This day in baseball: JFK’s first pitch

At Griffith Stadium on April 10, 1961, President John F. Kennedy threw out the first pitch, launching the inaugural season of the “new” Washington Senators.  The throw was the longest and hardest thrown ceremonial first pitch in history, as it flew over the players lined up in front of the presidential box.  In the game, the White Sox defeated the Senators 4-3.

The video below not only shows the first pitch, but also explains how the “old” Senators had moved to Minnesota to become the Twins.