Photos of Presidents Throwing the Ceremonial First Pitch Through the Ages

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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