SOURCE: Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

August 24, 2011 13:00 ET

New York Yankees Partner With the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation to Honor Ronald Reagan's 100th Birthday

11 MLB Teams to Celebrate Ronald Reagan's Centennial Birthday Throughout the 2011 Season

SIMI VALLEY, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 24, 2011) - Tomorrow, the NY Yankees will tip their batting hats to Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday as part of a Major League Baseball (MLB) league-wide salute to America's 40th President. The tribute will occur at Yankee Stadium, Thursday, August 25 during their 1:05 PM game against the Oakland Athletics.

Through a partnership with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Yankees join 11 total MLB teams that will honor President Reagan throughout the 2011 season during the year of his 100th birthday, giving hundreds of thousands of baseball fans a way to celebrate the Centennial birthday of the 40th President of the United States. Ronald Reagan's connection with baseball began with one of his first jobs as a radio sports announcer and extended through his post-Presidency (more below).

At President Reagan's 100th birthday celebration at Yankee Stadium:

  • Six Reagan VIPs will be honored on-field before the game
    1. Peggy Noonan -- Wall Street Journal Columnist, Author, and Member of the Presidentially-Appointed Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission
    2. Michael Castine -- Member of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Asset and Wealth Management Practice at Korn/Ferry International
    3. Stewart McLaurin -- Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, Centennial Celebration
    4. Colin Mansfield -- Cadet at the United States Military Academy, West Point, and Member of the Reagan Centennial National Youth Leadership Committee
    5. Peter Castine -- Student at Miami University, and Member of the Reagan Centennial National Youth Leadership Committee
    6. Ellie Castine -- Graduate student at Loyola University in Baltimore, and Member of the Reagan Centennial National Youth Leadership Committee
  • A Major League Baseball Video Tribute to Ronald Reagan will be shown, narrated by MLB Network and Fox Sports Announcer Chris Rose -- available here www.youtube.com/reaganfoundation
  • Loudspeaker announcement announcing the Reagan Centennial Yankees Tribute
  • 50,000 fans will receive Reagan Centennial commemorative Jelly Belly Jelly Bean sample packages

The 11 MLB Teams that will honor President Reagan's Centennial birthday, which was February 6, 2011, during the current season include: the San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, New York Mets, and the Texas Rangers.

Ronald Reagan and Baseball

At the age of 22, the first commercial radio station West of the Mississippi River, Davenport, Iowa's WOC AM 1420, hired Ronald Reagan as a sports announcer. When the station merged with NBC national affiliate WHO in Des Moines, Iowa, Ronald Reagan became the play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Cubs from 1933-1935.

In 1952, then-actor Ronald Reagan starred with Doris Day in "The Winning Team," a movie about pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander who balanced a Hall of Famer career and alcoholism.

As President, Reagan threw out the first pitch at three major league baseball games: two for the Baltimore Orioles (1984, 1986), and one for the Chicago Cubs (1988). On September 30, 1988, he filled in for announcer Harry Caray during a Chicago Cubs' game. During the broadcast, Reagan said, "You know in a few months I'm going to be out of work and I thought I might as well audition."

After serving in the White House, President Reagan assumed his once familiar seat as baseball announcer, next to the legendary Vin Scully, during the 1989 All Star Game in Anaheim. During that game, Ronald Reagan saw back-to-back homeruns by Bo Jackson and Wade Boggs.

About the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the promotion of the legacy of Ronald Reagan and his timeless principles of individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy, and national pride. It sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the Reagan Center for Public Affairs, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center and The Air Force One Pavilion. Located in Simi Valley, California the Library houses 63 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers and over 60,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It now also serves as the final resting place of America's 40th President. www.reaganfoundation.org

About the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration

The Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration is a year-long historic celebration of the 100th birthday of America's 40th President. It is sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. www.reagancentennial.com

Contact Information

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