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It's Opening Day! Which President Threw The Best First Pitch?

by Countable | Updated on 3.29.18

Today is Opening Day for Major League Baseball, and for such a momentous occasion, baseball teams often invite a well-known athlete, celebrity, politician, or otherwise inspiring personality to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, as this tweet from ESPN’s Darren Rovell shows:

We found footage of first pitches thrown by the five most recent former presidents during their time in office and wanted to give you the chance to vote on which former president you think threw the best first pitch. (President Trump has yet to throw a first pitch, but maybe this will be the year!)-

President Barack Obama threw out the first pitch at the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis, Missouri while wearing a Chicago White Sox warmup jacket (his favorite team), drawing a mixed reaction from the hometown Cardinals fans.

President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch before Game 3 of the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium in New York City less than two months after the terror attacks of 9/11. (ESPN made a short film about this you can watch here.)

President Bill Clinton did his best impression of Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn of Major League fame by throwing out the first pitch before the Cleveland Indians’ 1994 home opener.

President George H.W. Bush, who captained the baseball team at Yale University after his service in World War II, made the short trip from the White House to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day 1989 before a Baltimore Orioles game.

President Ronald Reagan threw out two first pitches at Wrigley Field and signed autographs for both the ball girl and the Chicago Cubs player who served as his catcher in September 1994. In his youth, Reagan worked for several seasons as a broadcaster recreating Cubs games for the radio based on telegraph accounts. (Enjoy the commentary in this clip from another broadcasting legend, Harry Caray.)

— Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: National Archives via Flickr / Public Domain)

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  • Dara
    03/29/2018
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    Who cares.

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  • Closer1775
    03/29/2018
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    Trump did. Look it up for yourself and stop hating. This dude is doing nothing but good for us but the fake media and Dems want you to believe otherwise. Wake the FK up people. This is not a joke

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  • Jack
    03/29/2018
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    Let’s keep focusing on children dying and the economy downright failing before we decide who threw a better baseball.

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  • Truly
    03/29/2018
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    Is trump going to waddle his way out and give it a try? Or will he find a Fox News talking head to hire to do it?

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  • George
    03/29/2018
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    I’d have to go with Bill Clinton’s “l did not have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky.” pitch.

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  • Scott
    03/30/2018
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    I’d say Trump. He pitched America a load of lies and now he’s President.

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  • BeStrong
    03/30/2018
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    Thanks for the 1st pitch videos. Respect and appreciation to all of our Presidents who took a moment to bring us together for America’s pass time. Go Dodgers 2018!

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  • Michael
    03/29/2018
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    Oh how wonderful how Obama bin Ladin threw his pitch. Left (wrong) handed limp wristed, Blue Oyster Bar frequenting, pathetic attempt of tossing it into the ground and rolling it up like a 3 year old. What a proud moment in my life!! I get sick just remembering that wretched memory that will not go away. George Bush threw it like Justin Verlander! Super throw from George.

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  • Quinn
    03/30/2018
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    Why are people freaking out about them posting this? It’s obviously trivial, but this isn’t pushing aside issues like children dying and a failing economy, you dunces. Believe it or not, multiple topics can be brought up, and it’s not a zero-sum game.

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  • James
    03/29/2018
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    Taft threw out the first pitch in professional baseball! Perhaps Bush wore a bullet proof vest but at least he could throw! Obama the pussy boy can’t throw!

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  • Patrick
    03/29/2018
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    Who really cares?

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  • Andi
    03/30/2018
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    This is for LEO...I’m not a Dem and hate gets you no where. I’m surprised you can still breath with your head so deep in the sand! The day Trump took office is the day America and its citizens became a laughing stock. Wake the fuck up yourself. When you only listen to one source you’re always going to sound like an idiot. Stop being lazy and do some research yourself rather than someone else do it for you. What needs to happen is a big bomb be dropped on the hill and implode the government. It’s time to start over. And if you doubted before the fact that someone like Trump was elected should have sealed the deal!!!!

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  • Jake.bennett34
    03/30/2018
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    Gotta say Dubya did. Honestly. And y’all chill. Baseball has always been meant to bring us together as a country, so why don’t all y’all arguing about trump just take a hot second to just chill, put all that stuff to the side and just enjoy being an American for a bit.

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  • Matthew
    03/29/2018
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    All I can picture is Sean Spicer making a cameo appearance at tomorrow’s press secretary briefing and saying “the Manchurian threw the greatest pitch ever. No one in the history of baseball has thrown a more perfect strike. The ball curved on command and the clouds parted and allowed heavens to view such an amazing athletic feat.” In reality, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s daughter, Luna’s first pitch is the best first pitch EVER!!!!!

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  • Hillary
    03/30/2018
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    Women are being harassed and abused in our very senate and congress, children are starving, homeless, and sick. Our current president is surrounding himself with yes men just like a dictator, our president is on the cusp of starting a nuclear war. You think we give a damn who threw the best pitch at a baseball game? A sport where players and owners make obscene profits off the backs of low paid hourly and seasonal workers in stadiums financed by communities blackmailed into paying for the stadium but unable to afford to attend a game in that stadium. Sort out your priorities.

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  • Andrew
    03/29/2018
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    Without question, George W. Bush after 9/11.

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  • Gerald
    03/30/2018
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    It is interesting. President Trump speaks (or performs) so confidently in front of a controlled audience like a rally, or an interview on Fox. However, to walk out into a crowd of 60,000 Americans who are randomly there and not selected, he knows it will be booing and jeers, mixed with some cheers. Then, there is the performance anxiety of throwing a ball and being compared with the hated Obama and Clinton. I hadn’t thought how much Trump is kept secluded in a carefully controlled bubble by his handlers and kept from true public exposure. We’re probably better off not suffering anti/baseball tweets the next day or being forced to listen to Sarah Sanders say the presidents pitch was the fastest recorded and most accurate.

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  • C
    03/30/2018
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    They all did a great job. Too bad the current President is too insecure to try, just like he was too insecure to go to the correspondents dinner.

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  • Brittney
    03/29/2018
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    W.

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  • Chester
    03/29/2018
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    Any buddy but Trump

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