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JFK's first ballpark appearance as President1961 President John F. Kennedy Single Signed First Pitch Baseball. Just three months after delivering his famous inaugural address on the steps of the Capitol--"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country"--the charismatic young President performed one of the most anticipated rites of Spring, tossing out the first pitch of a new Major League season. In point of fact, the tradition in these days was a double toss, one ball to each team, in this case the hometown Washington Senators and the visiting Chicago White Sox. Here we present the former, a thoroughly American artifact sure to evoke a swell of patriotic pride regardless of political affiliation.
The man on the receiving end of this toss from the President's box was southpaw pitcher Harold Woodeshick, who trotted the ball back to the newly-minted Commander in Chief for an autograph, which Kennedy applied to the side panel of the Official American League (Cronin) sphere. In 6/10 blue ink, it reads, "To Harold--Best wishes, John Kennedy."
The market for Presidential singles continues to soar as more collectors are drawn into this fascinating and challenging subgenre, and it should go without saying that Kennedy rates as the most elusive of post-war models. This specimen's status as the very first ball thrown in one of the most memorable seasons in American League history, one immortalized by the M&M Boys' historic home run race, clearly elevates it above the balance of the sparse population. Included is a modern print of a photo of Kennedy throwing out either this ball or the White Sox model on Opening Day, 1961. Letter of provenance from Harold Woodeshick (photocopy--original misplaced). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. LOA from John Reznikoff.
1961 President John F. Kennedy Single Signed First Pitch Baseball.
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