President Woodrow Wilson throws out opening pitch at 1917 Baseball Game

In the 1917 congressional baseball game at National Park, President Woodrow Wilson had to throw the opening pitch twice as Washington Senators Owner, Clark Griffith was unable to catch it.  The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity is an annual baseball game played each summer by members of the United States Congress. The game began as a casual event among colleagues in 1909 and eventually evolved into one of Washington, D.C.’s most anticipated annual pastimes. In the game, Republicans and Democrats form separate teams and play against each other. Suffragettes were in the stands but no banners were displayed. Sydney Mudd (Republican) of Maryland scored the only home-run of the high scoring 22-21 game

President Woodrow Wilson throws out first pitch at 1916 Baseball Opening Game

On April 20, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson throws out the ceremonial opening pitch at the baseball home opener of the Washington Senators from box 112 at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. The opening pitch was later commemorated as an illustration on the cover of the 1917 World Series Program.

President Woodrow Wilson on the cover of the 1917 World Series Program

1917 World Series Results

1 Oct 6 NY Giants 1-2 Chi. White Sox CHW 1-0 Comiskey Park 32,000 1:48
2 Oct 7 NY Giants 2-7 Chi. White Sox CHW 2-0 Comiskey Park 32,000 2:13
3 Oct 10 Chi. White Sox 0-2 NY Giants CHW 2-1 Brush Stadium 33,616 1:55
4 Oct 11 Chi. White Sox 0-5 NY Giants Tied Brush Stadium 27,746 2:09
5 Oct 13 NY Giants 5-8 Chi. White Sox CHW 3-2 Comiskey Park 27,323 2:37
6 Oct 15 Chi. White Sox 4-2 NY Giants CHW 4-2 Brush Stadium 33,969 2:18
Posted by John Noyen on December 28, 2021