“The first opening-day ceremonial pitch likely has Ohio origins. Ohio Gov. William McKinley is believed to have been the first politician to throw out a first pitch, in an 1892 game between Columbus and Toledo. The first presidential first pitch is believed to have come from President William Howard Taft (another Ohio connection) before a 1910 Opening Day game between the Washington Senators and the Philadelphia Athletics,” writes Matt Koppitch in the Columbus Dispatch yesterday (Opening Day).
Matt is an attorney at OMA counsel Bricker & Eckler, does legislative work for the OMA, and aspires to be the baseball commissioner. 3/29/2018