Tag: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Jul 07

FDR attends 1937 All-Star Game

July 7, 1937 President Franklin D. Roosevelt is the first President to attend an All-Star game as he is invited to throw out the first ball at Griffith Stadium in Washington D.C. The President and the rest of the sellout crowd of 31,391 at the 5th Annual All-Star game had to deal with a very …

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Apr 16

This Date in Washington Senators History

April 16 1940 On Opening Day at Griffith Stadium, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt throws the ceremonial first pitch. The Washington Senators, enroute to a 64-90 record and 7th place finish, lose to Lefty Grove and the Boston Red Sox by the score of 1 – 0. 1940 Washington Senators roster Senators Birthdays Bernard Keith …

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Mar 28

Opening Day in Washington “Throwing Out the First Ball”

I’d like to discuss a Washington baseball tradition that, unfortunately, in my opinion, has been lost “in the sands of time.” The ceremonial first pitch was a long-standing tradition at Griffith Stadium and later at DC (RFK) Stadium in Washington DC. This tradition began in 1910 with President William Howard Taft “throwing out the first …

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Jul 07

This Day in D.C. Baseball History – July 7, 1937

President Franklin D. Roosevelt becomes the first President to attend an All-Star game as he throws out the first pitch at Griffith Stadium in Washington D.C. The 31,391 fans in attendance at the 5th All-Star game saw Yankees’ first baseman Lou Gehrig drive in four runs with a home run and a double to lead …

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