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7 am stumper 3-28-14

Opening Day is Monday in Cincinnati. The Reds were Major League Baseball's first officially recognized franchise and were historically awarded the privilege of having the first "opener" of the season. Another big honor-- the person who throws out the first pitch. There's another Cincinnati connection there.

 Which Opening Day tradition has a Cincinnati connection?

1. First presidential first pitch
2. Reds started ceremonial first pitch tradition
3. Reds first team to not use a former player

The answer is: 1. First presidential first pitch

President William Howard Taft, who was from Cincinnati, started the tradition of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Taft, a big baseball fan, threw out the first pitch at National Park in Washington, D.C., before a game between the Washington Senators and the Philadelphia Athletics. That was on April 14, 1910.  According to the Reds' website, President George W. Bush made first pitch history in 2006, as well.  The website says he became the first sitting president to throw out a ceremonial first pitch on opening day in Cincinnati.

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