President Taft Takes In A Baseball Game
National Park was the sports stadium in Washington DC where the Washington Senators, sometimes called the National played. It was at this park that president William Howard Taft became the first president to throw a ceremonial ball to start a game. The park was destroyed by a fire in March 1911. With less than a month to opening day of the 1911 season,Thomas C Noyes, president of the Senators, gained approval from the club’s board of directors to build a new ballpark with a steel grandstand on the same site. The grandstand was sufficiently stable enough to host President Taft and the Boston Red Sox on Opening Day 1911 as well as 16,000 fans. Construction was not completed until July 1911.