The presidential first pitch has been a long tradition in baseball, whether it’s to open the season, at the All-Star Game or World Series.
With today being Opening Day, we might as well take a look back.
It’s also interesting to note that presidents throwing out the first pitch from the mound is a relatively new thing.
President Barack Obama throws out the first pitch at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on April 5, 2010. | Getty Images
President George W. Bush throws the ceremonial first pitch at the Opening Day game between the Reds and Cubs on Monday, April 3, 2006 at the Great American Ball Park in CIncinnati. | AP Photo
President William Howard Taft is seen throwing out the first ball of a baseball game for the Washington Senators in Washington in 1912. | AP file photo
President John F. Kennedy makes the ceremonial first pitch to officially open the 1961 season. | AP Photo
President John F. Kennedy winds up to throw out the first pitch at the 32nd All-Star Game to get things under way in the 32nd all Star game in 1962. | AP file photo
President Lyndon Johnson throws high and hard to get the 1965 Major League Baseball season underway. | AP Photo
President Richard M. Nixon, throws out the first pitch to open the seaon in Washington in 1969. | AP Photo