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April 25, 2005
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Sports Illustrated Bonus Section: Golf Plus
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  • Although Frank C. Ford Sr. was the progenitor of four generations of accomplished golfers, his mother, Anne (Sissie) Gaillard Hanahan Ford, was the family's oldest champion, and his wife, Elizabeth (Betsy) Coker Ford, taught their sons the fundamentals of the game. Here's an accounting of the family's many championships.

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Political Pitches

This is an article from the April 25, 2005 issue Original Layout

The First Fan

In keeping with tradition, President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals' home opener last Thursday--95 years to the day after William Howard Taft became the first commander in chief to make an Opening Day toss. (Taft threw out the first pitch in the Washington Senators' 3-0 win over the Philadelphia A's at Griffith Stadium.) Taft, however, wasn't the first president to attend a major league game. Who was?

a. Grover Cleveland

b. Benjamin Harrison

c. William McKinley

d. Theodore Roosevelt


He's Not Game

Since Taft's pitch, only one president did not throw a ceremonial Opening Day first pitch at a major league game while in office. Who was it?


Call to Order

Place these players in order of the number of Opening Day presidential pitches they caught.

a. Rick Dempsey

b. Chris Hoiles

c. Walter Johnson

d. Johnny Sain


THE FIRST FAN: b. Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president, was the first to attend a major league game. He saw the Reds beat the Senators 7-4 in a National League game at Boundary Park on June 6, 1892.

HE'S NOT GAME: Jimmy Carter never threw out a first pitch during his term in office (1977-81).

CALL TO ORDER: Johnson (four: Taft, Wilson, Harding, Coolidge); Hoiles (three: G.H.W. Bush, Clinton twice); Dempsey (two: both Reagan); Sain (one: Eisenhower)