Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the 1963 baseball season 52 years ago today, April 8, 1963.
JFK's "first pitch" came before the opening day game at DC Stadium here in the Nation's Capital. The President was accompanied by administrative aide, David Powers, who was known as JFK's "Undersecretary of Baseball."
On hand to observe the first pitch was Speaker of the House, John W. McCormick, Senators Everett Dirksen, Abraham Ribicoff, Hubert Humphrey and Mike Mansfield. Another JFK aide, Larry O'Brien was also in attendance.
The final score...Baltimore Orioles 3,
Washington Senators 1.
Sadly it would be President Kennedy's last opportunity to enjoy an event he clearly loved.
JFK loved sports, both as a participant and as a spectator. He threw four first pitches during his tenure as president: April 10, 1961, April 9, 1962, the All-Star Game July 10, 1962, and his last first pitch on April 8, 1963.
The Baseball Almanac website says that President Kennedy stayed through every inning of every baseball game he attended as Chief Executive.
JFK Throws Out First Pitch
BAY OF PIGS CAPTIVES SENTENCED IN CUBA
Havana, Cuba (JFK+50) 53 years ago today, April 8, 1962, almost a year after the failed invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, a Cuban military court sentenced more than 1100 exiles who were captured in the failed invasion of April 17, 1961.
Each of the captives were sentenced to serve 30 years in prison. Fidel Castro, however, made an offer to the Kennedy administration. He would release all the prisoners upon payment of $62 million.
It authorized expenditures of $5 million for work-relief programs. ERA established the Works Progress Administration which paid workers to build highways, schools, hospitals, airports and playgrounds.
The WPA also restored theaters such as the Dock Street Theater in Charleston, South Carolina.