On Monday, a century after President Taft established the tradition of throwing the ceremonial first pitch of the new baseball season, Barack Obama gave his arm a workout at Nationals Park before Washington Nationals played Philadelphia Phillies.
Afterwards, the President reflected, “I was a little disappointed with the pitch. It was high and outside”. Washington went on to lose the game but other Presidents have been luckier charms for their teams...
1. Woodrow Wilson pitched on three occasions for Washington Senators at Griffith Stadium. They went on to win each time.
2. William Taft, the trendsetter, got off to a good start by pitching twice for the Washington Senators in 1910 and 1911, who went on to win both games.
3. George Bush pitched twice for the Baltimore Orioles (two wins), once for the Toronto Blue Jays (won) and once for the Texas Rangers (lost).
4. Dwight Eisenhower threw an impressive nine opening pitches, and on six occasions the Washington Senators went on to win.
5. George W Bush threw the ceremonial first pitch six times and for the winning team on four occasions. He failed to arrive in time for the first pitch of the 2007 Washington Nationals match, which might have contributed to their loss. Luke Steer