Sports Firsts

The presidential firsts related to sports played or attended by the President of the United States.

 PresidentNote
First president to meet a championship team at the White HouseJohn F. Kennedy1963, Boston Celtics
First president to win a national college championshipGerald R. FordFootball

Baseball
First president to attend a major league baseball game while in officeBenjamin Harrison
First president to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a baseball gameWilliam H. Taft
First president to attend a World Series baseball gameWoodrow Wilson
First president to welcome an organized baseball club to the White HouseAndrew Johnson
First president to welcome an professional baseball team to the White HouseUlysses S. GrantCincinnati Red Stockings
First president to welcome a Major League baseball team to the White HouseChester A. ArthurCleveland Forest Citys
First president to see an extra inning major league baseball gameBenjamin Harrison
First president to attend a major league baseball game outside of Washington, DC while in officeWilliam H. TaftPittsburgh
First president to see a major league game in his own hometown while in officeWilliam H. TaftCincinnati
First president to attend a baseball All-Star gameFranklin D. Roosevelt
First president to attend a night baseball gameHarry S. Truman
First left-handed president to throw out the first pitch.at a baseball gameHarry S. Truman
First president to attend a baseball game on the fourth of JulyHarry S. Truman
First president to witness a triple play while attending a baseball game.Richard M. Nixon
First president to throw out a cermonial Opening Day pitch outside of Washington.Richard M. NixonAnaheim
First president to watch a major league game from the dugoutRonald ReaganBaltimore Orioles
First president to call baseball play-by-play while in officeRonald Reagan
First president to attend a baseball game and throw out a first pitch outside the U.S.George H. W. Bush
First president to attend a baseball game with his Vice President while in officeBill Clinton
First president to throw the first pitch from the pitcher's mound and make it to the catcherBill Clinton
First president to have been managing general partner of a Major League baseball teamGeorge W. BushTexas Rangers

Football
First president to play collegiate footballDwight D. Eisenhower
First president to attend an NFL game while in officeRichard M. Nixon

Basketball
First president to attend a collegiate basketball game while in officeBill Clinton
First president to attend an NBA basketball game while in officeBarack Obama

Hockey
First president to attend an NHL hockey game while in officeBill Clinton

Golf
First president to play golf while in officeWilliam H. Taft
First president to hit a hole-in-oneDwight D. Eisenhower
First president to own a golf courseDonald J. Trump

Olympics
First president to attend and open an Olympic GamesRonald ReaganLos Angeles, Summer 1884
First president to attend and open a winter Olympic GamesGeorge W. BushSalt Lake City, Winter 2002
First president to attend an Olympic Games in a foreign countryGeorge W. BushBeijing, Summer 2008

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