SOURCE: Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

August 30, 2011 09:00 ET

T. Boone Pickens to Throw Ceremonial First Pitch at Texas Rangers Game This Tuesday, August 30, in Honor of Ronald Reagan's 100th Birthday

Today's Tribute Marks the Final of 11 MLB Teams Celebrating Ronald Reagan's Centennial Birthday Throughout the 2011 Season

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - Aug 30, 2011) - Today, as part of the last of 11 Major League Baseball team-tributes to President Reagan's 100th birthday this season, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Board of Trustees Member and Texas Rangers fan T. Boone Pickens will toss out the first pitch at the Rangers game.

Also at today's 7:05 pm game against the Tampa Bay Rays:

  • A Major League Baseball Video Tribute to Ronald Reagan will be shown, narrated by MLB Network and Fox Sports Announcer Chris Rose -- available here; a
  • Loudspeaker announcement announcing the Reagan Centennial Texans Tribute will play; and
  • One lucky row of fans will receive Commemorative Reagan Centennial Coins.

Today's Texas Rangers tribute is the final of 11 total MLB teams honoring President Reagan's 100th birthday this season, 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).

"My friend Ronald Reagan was an avid sportsman and legendary fan," said Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Board of Trustees Member T. Boone Pickens. "From this year's Super Bowl Tribute in Dallas, Texas on his actual 100th birthday, to today's Rangers honor, and the National Football Coin Toss in late September, I could not think of a better series of celebrations to honor the 100th birthday of the greatest President America has ever known."

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 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.

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.

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