Opening Day in Washington: Baseball and the Presidency Through the Years

March 29, 2013, 12:15 p.m.

With the Na­tion­als home open­er today, it’s a good time to take a closer look at the Fed­er­al City and its mixed his­tory with base­ball.

(RE­LATED: Graph­ic Show­ing Num­ber of Open­ing Day Pitches Thrown by Pres­id­ents

Pres­id­ents have been drawn to the game, throw­ing out first pitches and fo­cus­ing the na­tion’s at­ten­tion on the an­nu­al rite of spring in the cap­it­al. However, for three dec­ades, they had to go else­where to throw out the Open­ing Day pitch, as Wash­ing­ton was left without a team of its own after the Sen­at­ors left town. 

Here’s a look at Wash­ing­ton base­ball his­tory, viewed through the lens of the coun­try’s chief ex­ec­ut­ive.