Teddy Ballgame, The Splendid Splinter, The Thumper, The Greatest Hitter, The Kid- Call him what you will, 70 years ago today, Ted Williams became the last person to finish a baseball season with a batting average of over .400. September 28, 1941.
Twenty-eight years later, Ted Williams was the manager for the Washington Senators. Here’s Williams with President Nixon on opening day of the 1969 baseball season between the Senators and the New York Yankees. Nixon threw the ceremonial first pitch on April 7, 1969. Williams was later named Manager of the Year for this 1969 season.
-from the Nixon Library
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Joe Kennedy III (Dominican Republic, 2004-2006), whose great uncle President John F. Kennedy founded the Peace Corps in 1961, throws the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Boston Red Sox/Cleveland Indians game on Friday, August 4.
Photo by Amy Donnelly, Boston Red Sox