Obama to Throw Out 1st Pitch at All-Star Game

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2009 11:47 AM CDT
President Barack Obama holds up a team jersey as he honored the 2008 World Series champions Philadelphia Phillies, May 15, 2009, on the South Lawn of the White House.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Obama will toss the ceremonial first pitch at the All-Star Game on July 14, Major League Baseball announced yesterday. He’ll be the fourth president to do so, following John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford, and the seventh to attend the game. He’s also got some first-pitch experience; he did the honors for his beloved Chicago White Sox during the 2005 playoffs.

The game is scheduled for St. Louis, where Cardinals manager Tony La Russa says he’s happy to host a sitting president for the second time in recent years (George W. Bush threw the first pitch of the team’s 2004 season). “It’s exciting,” La Russa said. “The only thing is, he’s pulling for the American League.” (Read more Barack Obama stories.)