Tuesday, June 23, 2009

President Obama will throw out ceremonial first pitch at All-Star Game

Barack Obama will become just the fourth US President to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at an All-Star Game on July 14th in St. Louis. It will also be the first time he throws out the opening pitch as President.

The three other presidents to toss out the first pitch were John F. Kennedy in Washington in 1962, Richard Nixon in Washington in 1970 and Gerald Ford in 1976 in Philadelphia.

Obama had previously turned down similar offers for Opening Day ceremonies this year in Chicago and Washington, and he more recently turned down the invite for this Saturday's Civil Rights game between the Reds and White Sox in Cincinnati.

It won't be the first time he's thrown out a first pitch, though, as he did that as a US Senator in 2005 when the White Sox hosted the Angels in the ALCS.

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