Tuesday, July 10, 2012

TDIH: Kennedy at All-Star Game

On this day in 1962, President John F. Kennedy threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Washington D.C.

President Kennedy throws out ceremonial first
pitch at D.C. Stadium.
From 1959 to 1962, there were two games celebrating baseball's all-stars. Kennedy threw out the first pitch at the first of the two at D.C. Stadium, a stadium that would eventually be renamed for Kennedy's brother RFK. The second game in 1962 took place at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

With Kennedy appear Speaker of the House John W. McCormack (D-Massachusetts), Special Assistant to the President Dave Powers, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, President Kennedy, Commissioner of Baseball Ford Frick.

The National League's winning pitcher was Juan Marichal. The losing pitcher for the American League was Camilo Pascual. MVP for the National League that night was Maury Wills.

The line score that night:
All-Star Team Runs Hits Errors
National League 3 8 0
American League 1 4 0

Let's hope tonight's All-Star Game bodes as well for the National League as it did fifty years ago at D.C. Stadium.

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