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Franklin D. Roosevelt throws out the first ball to start Game 3 of the 1932 World Series at Wrigley Field. At the time, Roosevelt was the Democratic presidential nominee. | AP Photo

PHOTO GALLERY: Presidential first pitches

The presidential first pitch has been a long tradition in baseball, whether it's to open the season, at the All-Star Game or World Series.

With today being Opening Day, we might as well take a look back.

It's also interesting to note that presidents throwing out the first pitch from the mound is a relatively new thing.




President Barack Obama throws out the first pitch at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on April 5, 2010.  |  Getty Images


President George W. Bush throws the ceremonial first pitch at the Opening Day game between the Reds and Cubs on Monday, April 3, 2006 at the Great American Ball Park in CIncinnati.  |  AP Photo


President William Howard Taft is seen throwing out the first ball of a baseball game for the Washington Senators in Washington in 1912.  |  AP file photo


President John F. Kennedy makes the ceremonial first pitch to officially open the 1961 season.  |  AP Photo


President John F. Kennedy winds up to throw out the first pitch at the 32nd All-Star Game  to get things under way in the 32nd all Star game in 1962.  |  AP file photo


President Lyndon Johnson throws high and hard to get the 1965 Major League Baseball season underway.  |  AP Photo


President Richard M. Nixon, throws out the first pitch to open the seaon in Washington in 1969.  |  AP Photo