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Obama doesn't bounce 1 in historic 1st pitch

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[April 20, 2010]  WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama threw it very high and wide, but at least he didn't bounce it.

The president marked a 100-year tradition when he tossed out the ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals' home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

He received a loud ovation from the packed crowd, with a few boos scattered in. He sported a Nationals jacket and cap from his favorite team, the Chicago White Sox.

One hundred years ago this month, President William Howard Taft led off the Washington baseball tradition with a toss from the stands to pitcher Walter Johnson. From Taft to Richard Nixon, every president made at least one opening-day pitch in the nation's capital, until the expansion Senators left town after the 1971 season.

[Associated Press; By FREDERIC J. FROMMER]

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