|TOSS BEFORE BEING TOSSED. A better baseball fan than a president, Richard Nixon about to launch first pitch of the 1969 major league season with managers Ted Williams, Washington Senators (left) and Ralph Houk, New York Yankees.|
GUEST BLOG / By Sports Illustrated/Kids Edition, 2015--Abraham Lincoln had a baseball field, called the White Lot, built on the White House grounds. Chester A. Arthur was the first Chief Executive to welcome a professional team to the White House when the Cleveland Forest Cities from the National Association stopped by on April 13, 1883. And on June 6, 1892, Benjamin Harrison became the first sitting president to attend a Major League game.
|William Taft, 1910|
What's not in doubt, though, is that Taft created a first-pitch tradition that has been kept alive by every president who followed him, except Donald Trump.
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|Woodrow Wilson, 1919|
|Ronald Reagan, 1980s|
|Barack Obama, 2010|