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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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"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.
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Image description: In 1914, Hank Gowdy, star of baseball’s Boston Braves, takes a practice swing in this glass negative image from the Library of Congress. The baseball playoffs are now in full swing. Though neither the Boston Red Sox nor the Atlanta Braves could maintain their great September leads and make the playoffs, in 1914, Gowdy led the Boston Braves from last place on the Fourth of July to a World Series title in October.
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