And President William Howard Taft played golf.
Taft is the only American to serve as President of the United States and Supreme Court Chief Justice! And he was asked to be the Commissioner of Baseball before Kenesaw Mountain Landis took the position.
William Taft was the first American President to openly play golf.
Some other tasty Taft tidbits:
He was the first President to throw out the season’s first pitch on April 14, 1910, National Park in Washington DC.
He was the heaviest president tipping the scales at over 300 lbs.
He dropped 80 lbs after he left the Withe House which no doubt prolonged his life.
He retired as Supreme Court Justice on February 3, 1930.
Five weeks later, March 8, he died. Associate justice Edward Sanford died the same day.
An advocate for black equality, he was a strong proponent of Booker T. Washington.
He was the first President to be buried in Arlington National Cemetary and he and JFK remain the only Presidents to be interred on America’s most hallowed ground.
And William Howard Taft was the US President when Fenway Park opened her gates.
And so it is on this date in Fenway Park history, April 1, 2012.