Little League Baseball celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
President Ford welcomed the final eight teams from the 1974 Little League World Series to the White House on August 26, 1974.
The teams represented Red Bluff, California; New Haven, Connecticut; Tallmadge, Ohio; Jackson, Tennessee; Victoria, British Colombia, Canada; Maracaibo, Venezuela; the Republic of China (Taiwan); and Athens, Greece, which included the children of American military and Embassy staff in Europe.
Image: President Ford with the Little League baseball team from Red Bluff, California (White House photograph A0364-23)
Happy 75 to Little League Baseball!
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
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!
Who’s on your All-Time All-Star baseball team? Listen in on a President’s picks!
During a June 22, 1972 press conference, journalist Clifford Evans asked President Richard Nixon to name his favorite baseball players. President Nixon quickly listed a few key players, but Evans pressed him, “Mr. President, as the nation’s number-one baseball fan, would you be willing to name your all-time baseball team?” Asking for time to prepare a thoughtful response, President Nixon created lists of his choices for All-Time All-Star baseball teams, which were distributed via the Associated Press on June 30.
On June 30, Evans returned to the White House to interview President Nixon in the White House for RKO General Broadcasting. This meeting was captured by recording devices in the Oval Office.
In this conversation segment, President Nixon explains the process, methodology, and rationale for building his all-star teams.
-from the Nixon Library