|President Harry S. Truman|
by Earnest Barcella, 19 Apr 1948
President Truman, who has been catching it from the left and right, will do some pitching today.
With 35,000 upper-case and just-plain fans watching at Griffith Stadium, Mr. Truman will throw out the ceremonial "first" pitch inaugurating the 1948 major league baseball season.
Mr. Truman is the only switch-pitcher in the 36 years since William Howard Taft started the custom of presidential "first" pitches. Two years ago, Mr. Truman threw left-handed. Last year, he was ambidextrous, throwing two pitches - one left-handed and one right-handed.
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President Harry Truman wrote with his right hand, but could throw well with both arms.