The president throwing out the ceremonial first pitch is as revered a tradition as anything in America. We look at some of the most memorable.

  • 1833: Although the popularization of baseball is still decades off, Andrew Jackson begins the tradition of welcoming in the spring by hurling things at Indians
  • 1944: FDR laboriously rolls his wheelchair out to the pitching mound, then stuns the crowd with a 100 mph fastball
  • 1949: Thomas E. Dewey is nearly finished with his windup before Harry Truman snatches the ball from his hand
  • 1965: LBJ scratches his crotch for a full eight minutes before delivering the first pitch
  • 1975: Although Gerald Ford did not fall while throwing out the first pitch of the season, everyone in attendance remembers him doing so
  • 1988: All set to make his first pitch, President Reagan notices the ball in his hand, puts it in his pocket, and wanders toward the A's clubhouse
  • 2001: Fans at Miller Park avert their eyes and nervously pretend to check their watches as George W. Bush walks out to the mound in full catcher's gear
  • 2007: Vice President Dick Cheney becomes the first person to throw a first pitch to complete silence