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Image description: This photo from a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa shows a little girl blowing a bubble gum bubble while watching baseball.
From the Peace Corps:

Take Me Out to the Ball Game - Peace Corps Volunteer Amanda Pratt

Image description: This photo from a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa shows a little girl blowing a bubble gum bubble while watching baseball.

From the Peace Corps:

Take Me Out to the Ball Game - Peace Corps Volunteer Amanda Pratt

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From the Presidential Libraries:

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 

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From the Presidential Libraries:

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 

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From the National Archives:

"…affirming the right of girls to play Little League baseball."
Located in President Gerald R. Ford’s legislation case files is a recommendation to approve the bill H.R. 8864 and amend the Federal charter of Little League Baseball, allowing girls to play.
You can explore the entire file from the Ford Library.

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From the National Archives:

"…affirming the right of girls to play Little League baseball."

Located in President Gerald R. Ford’s legislation case files is a recommendation to approve the bill H.R. 8864 and amend the Federal charter of Little League Baseball, allowing girls to play.

You can explore the entire file from the Ford Library.

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From the National Archives:

President Ford throws out the first ball of the Texas Rangers 1976 season at Arlington Stadium on April 9, 1976. Ford capped off the first day of a two-day campaign trip to Texas by attending the opening day game between the Rangers and the Minnesota Twins. Before the start of the game he threw two balls to Texas catcher Jim Sundberg from his seat in a box alongside the home team’s dugout. 
Although Ford wrote with his left hand he threw with his right, a fact that surprised the press pool. Due to the demands of his schedule President Ford left after the first inning. At his press conference the next morning he said of his trip so far he had “one regret, I wish I could have stayed and watched the Rangers win that ball game last night.” They beat the Twins 2-1 in 11 innings.
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 Text and image from the Ford Presidential Library Facebook page (A9187-15A / ARC Identifier 6829632)

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From the National Archives:

President Ford throws out the first ball of the Texas Rangers 1976 season at Arlington Stadium on April 9, 1976.

Ford capped off the first day of a two-day campaign trip to Texas by attending the opening day game between the Rangers and the Minnesota Twins. Before the start of the game he threw two balls to Texas catcher Jim Sundberg from his seat in a box alongside the home team’s dugout.

Although Ford wrote with his left hand he threw with his right, a fact that surprised the press pool.

Due to the demands of his schedule President Ford left after the first inning. At his press conference the next morning he said of his trip so far he had “one regret, I wish I could have stayed and watched the Rangers win that ball game last night.” They beat the Twins 2-1 in 11 innings.

Want more Presidents and baseball? Download our new free eBook, “Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives.”


Text and image from the Ford Presidential Library Facebook page (A9187-15A / ARC Identifier 6829632
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Image description: Today is the birthday of legendary baseball pitcher Cy Young, for whom the prestigious baseball award is named. The Cy Young award, first introduced in 1956, recognizes the best pitchers in Major League Baseball. This baseball card is from 1911 when Young played for the Cleveland Naps. The back of the card says:

"Cy" Young, Cleveland’s veteran pitcher, has had a long and successful career. Among his greeted individual feats are a game of May 5, 1904, when not one of the hard-hitting Athletics reached first base, and another June 30, 1908, against the Highlanders, when only one man got "on" in nine innings. Prior to 1910 he failed only three times in his many years pitching to turn in a majority of victories. In 1910 he won his 500th game, an unsurpassed record. August 12, 1908 "Cy" Young Day was celebrated in Boston. He was presented with the entire receipts of the game, and more silverware and floral designs than he could carry.

Find this and other iconic baseball cards from the Library of Congress.

Image from the Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress