And on the seventh day He rested….Genesis

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.

About fenwaypark100

Hello and welcome, my name is Raymond Sinibaldi. An educator for more than two decades, a baseball fan for nearly 60 years, I have authored four books about baseball and her glorious history; with a fifth on the way in late spring of 2015; the first, The Babe in Red Stockings which was co-authored with Kerry Keene and David Hickey. It is a chronicle of Babe's days with the Red Sox. We also penned a screenplay about Babe's Red Sox days so if any of you are Hollywood inclined or would like to represent us in forwarding that effort feel free to contact me through my email. In 2012 we three amigos published Images of Fenway Park in honor of the 100th birthday of Fenway Park. That led to the creation of this blog. The following year, 2013 came my first solo venture, Spring Training in Bradenton and Sarasota. This is a pictorial history of spring training in those two Florida cities. The spring of 2014 brought forth the 1967 Red Sox, The Impossible Dream Season. The title speaks for itself and it also is a pictorial history. Many of the photos in this book were never published before. The spring of 2015 will bring 1975 Red Sox, American League Champions. Another pictorial effort, this will be about the Red Sox championship season of 1975 and the World Series that restored baseball in America. I was fortunate enough to consult with sculptor Franc Talarico on the “Jimmy Fund” statue of Ted Williams which stands outside both Fenway Park and Jet Blue Park Fenway South, in Fort Myers Florida. That story is contained in the near 300 posts which are contained herein. This blog has been dormant for awhile but 2015 will bring it back to life so jump on board, pass the word and feel free to contact me about anything you read or ideas you may have for a topic. Thanks for stopping by, poke around and enjoy. Autographed copies of all my books are available here, simply click on Raymond Sinibaldi and email me.
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