Brief History of the Opening Pitch – Playmakerjournal


Brief History of the Opening Pitch

Miss Ebbets

Genevieve Ebbets, daughter of Charles Ebbets, co-owner of Brooklyn's brand-new stadium and president of the Dodgers, carries out first-pitch duties prior to an exhibition game between her team and the New York Yankees on April 5, 1913.

The ceremonial first pitch tradition, in which dignitaries or celebrities toss out a ball to the home team's catcher just before the game, dates back to the late nineteenth century.

On April 14, 1910, Howard Taft became the first U.S. president to throw the inaugural pitch on Opening Day when he attended the Washington Senator's game at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.