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Riding The Tiger

“I discovered that being a President is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or be swallowed.” Harry S. Truman

Friday Feature: President Taft Not Riding a Tiger

President Taft lobs a baseball on to the field from the sidelines.

Did you know? President Taft was the very first President to cast the first pitch on opening day. It's a tradition still followed to this day.

On April 15, 1910, Taft pitched the ball to Washington Senators' pitcher Walter Johnson from his seat along the sidelines. They went on to beat the Philadelphia Athletics in a 3-0 shutout.

 

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