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Photos of Presidents Throwing the Ceremonial First Pitch Through the Ages

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President Taft Throwing the First Pitch at a Baseball Game

The first ceremonial first pitch ever thrown was tossed by former Japanese Prime Minister Ōkuma Shigenobu at a baseball game in Koshien, Japan, back in 1908. Two years later, US President William Howard Taft started the tradition in the United States, tossing a pitch (shown above) in Washington DC on the opening day of the Washington Senators’ season. Since then, every US president has thrown at least one ceremonial first pitch, and they have all been documented in photographs.

Here’s a look at some historical photos of US presidents throwing their ceremonial pitches.

Woodrow Wilson in 1916
Woodrow Wilson in 1916

Warren G. Harding in 1921
Warren G. Harding in 1921
Calvin Coolidge in 1924
Calvin Coolidge in 1924
Herbert Hoover in 1929
Herbert Hoover in 1929
Harry Truman in 1947
Harry Truman in 1947
Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954
Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954
John F Kennedy in 1962
John F Kennedy in 1962
Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967
Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967
Richard Nixon in 1969
Richard Nixon in 1969
George W. Bush in 2001
George W. Bush in 2001
Barack Obama in 2010
Barack Obama in 2010

You can also find a complete list of presidential first pitches over on Wikipedia. The Week has put together an even more comprehensive gallery of presidential first pitch photos from Taft to Obama.

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