Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Topps - Presidential First Pitch -

Did you vote? I voted this morning and was in and out within five minutes. Hearing reports that it takes a few hours back in the East coast. Not here in Southern California.

Here's a cool set from Topps titled 'Presidential First Pitch'. It took me almost a year to complete it. It's only ten cards but I had a difficult time to get John F. Kennedy.

It was released in 2011. I'll show you the front card and write down what it says in the back.

#1 Barack Obama

July 14, 2009

Wearing a White Sox jacket and sporting a high leg kick, President Barack Obama grimaced as he unleashed the ceremonial first pitch for the 2009 MLB All-Star Game. He didn't have to worry, though. The ball reached Albert Pujols with ease. The 44th Commander-in-Chief pumped his left fist with delight.

#2 Harry Truman

April 20th, 1951

In post-World War 2 America, President Harry Truman knew that his presence at would symbolize peace. So he attended 16 games from 945-52 ---- more than any of his predecessors.  He threw out the ceremonial first pitch in half of them.


#3 Calvin Coolidge

October 4th, 1924

Calvin Coolidge was the initial U.S. President to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before a World Series opening game. Although the Senators dropped the contest he attended, 4-3, his toss on October 4, 1924, proved to be good luck for the club. They went on to beat the Giants in seven games for their first World Series title.


#4 Ronald Reagan

September 30th, 1988

Looking resplendent in a Cubs jacket, President Ronald Reagan fired the ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field prior to an afternoon game against the Pirates. He then spent an inning and a half helping with the radio broadcast. The hosts led 3-0 when he left after the third. Mojo gone, they lost the contest, 10-9, in 10 frames.


#5 Richard Nixon

April 7th, 1969

With Senators manager Ted Williams looking on, President Richard Nixon wanted to look as authentic as possible when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch on April 7th, 1969. "The Splendid Splinter" would have to be impressed, as Nixon donned a glove and heaved the ball right-handed from the stands.


#6 Woodrow Wilson

April 20th 1916

On Opening Day at Griffith Stadium on April 20, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson established a record that might never be broken. The Senators whacked the Yankees, 12-4, after he threw out the ceremonial first pitch, thus improving to 3-0 when he did the honors. His record remains the only 3-0 mark in Oval Office history.


#7 George W. Bush

April 14th, 2005

To commemorate the game's return to Washington, D.C. for the first time since 1971, President George W. Bush fired the opening pitch of the Washington Nationals home opener against the Diamondbacks on April 14, 2005. The toss hit catcher Brian Schneider right in the chest. The hosts went on to win the game, 5-3.

#8 George W. Bush

October 30, 2001

Partisan politics took the night off prior to Game 3 of the 2001 World Series, as a sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium roared during President George W. Bush's walk toward the mound. In the same where terrorists had struck seven weeks earlier, Bush gave a thumps-up to the fans --- then fired a strike.


#9 John F. Kennedy

July 10th, 1962

No President had ever thrown out a ceremonial first pitch at an MLB All-Star Game before John F. Kennedy did it on July 10, 1962. The sports-loving Commander-in-Chief made the easy toss from the second row of the stands at D.C. Stadium ---- a new park later renamed RFK Stadium in honor of his fallen brother, Robert.


#10 Barack Obama

April 5th, 2010 President Barack Obama fired high and wide with a ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day in the nation's capital, continuing a presidential tradition begun 100 years earlier by William Howard Taft. The Washington Nationals scored first against the defending National League champions, but Philadelphia cruised, 11-1.



Phil Bechtel said...

This is an awesome set. I'm going to look into this one.

Roberto Baly said...

You should! Not expensive at all. Thanks for reading.