Tonight is the 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
President Ford greeted Boston Red Sox Manager Darrell Johnson, Cincinnati Reds Manager George “Sparky” Anderson, and players from the National and American League teams on the field prior to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 13, 1976. The game was played at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Gerald R. Ford walks with Darrell Johnson, manager of the Boston Red Sox, and George “Sparky” Anderson, manager of the Cincinnati Reds, before the start of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 7/13/76.
-from the Ford Library
We’ve made it to Thursday! How about some summer baseball photos?
President John F. Kennedy throws out the first ball at the 32nd All-Star Baseball Game, on this day in 1962.
Speaker of the House John W. McCormack, Dave Powers, Vice President Johnson, President Kennedy, Commisioner of Baseball Ford. C. Frick, Lawrence O’Brien, others ( in foreground- Dennis Marcel, Frank Brown, members of the Washington Boys Club ). Washington, D.C., 7/10/1962.
-from the JFK Library
Heads up! We’re almost halfway through the World Cup.
Brazilian superstar Pelé showed President Ford, a former college gridiron standout, what he could do with his kind of football when visiting the White House on June 28, 1975.
Original images White House photographs A5272-18 to 22.
Forty-two years ago, President Richard Nixon signed the Education Amendments of 1972, which has come to be known as Title IX. The amendment did not specifically mention sports, but it’s far-reaching impact is widely credited for opening up opportunities for women in athletics.
Images from: An Act of June 23, 1972, Public Law 92-318, 86 STAT 235, to Amend the Higher Education Act of 1965, the Vocational Educational Act of 1963, the General Education Provisions Act (Creating a National Foundation for Postsecondary Education and a National Institute of Education), the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, Public Law 874, Eighty-First Congress, and Related Acts, and for Other Purposes, 6/23/1972.
June 23, 1972: Title IX is Signed into Law
On this day in 1972, President Richard Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments into law. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in all education programs or activities which receive federal funding. One of the most notable impacts of Title IX is the implementation of women sports in schools. As a result, there are more women participating in sports than ever before.
In 2002, Title IX was renamed the Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, after its co-author, Representative Patsy Mink of Hawaii.
Learn more about the impact of Title IX with MAKERS: Women Who Make America.
Photos: Senator Birch Bayh exercises with Title IX athletes at Purdue University, ca. 1972, the late Representative Patsy Mink of Hawaii, Title IX co-author, for whom the law was renamed in 2002.
“Today, by Executive Order, I am establishing the President’s Commission on Olympic Sports,” President Ford wrote in a statement on June 19, 1975.
The Commission consisted of a chairman, 13 members appointed by the President, four Senators, and four Congressmen. Its main task was to “determine what factors impede or prevent the United States from fielding its best amateur athletes for participation in the Olympic Games and other international amateur sporting events.”
A first report issued in February 1976 provided an analysis of the United States Olympic Committee and member groups in relation to international competition in Olympic sports. The Commission’s final report, presented to President Ford on January 13, 1977, included a sport by sport evaluation of the development of athletes in Olympic sports at all levels of participation. Among its recommendations the report called for the creation of a Central Sports Organization and the protection of an athlete’s right to compete in any games.
Read the entire executive order here.
-from the Ford Library
George Bush at Bat
In addition to graduation Phi Beta Kappa from Yale in 2 1/2 years after WWII service, George Bush was a gifted athlete. George, or “Poppy” as he was nicknamed, was Captain of the championship Yale baseball team. He also played soccer at Yale and was on the co-national championship team in 1945.
George Bush baseball portrait, Yale University, 1945-1948.
At bat at the Yale vs. Navy baseball game, April 19, 1947.
On behalf of Yale University, Yale Baseball Captain George Bush accepts “The Babe Ruth Story” autobiography from Babe Ruth.
Happy 90th Birthday George Bush!