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    President Truman pitches first ball at baseball game.

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    Unused / unissued material.

    United States of America (USA).

    Various shots President Truman's car driving into stadium. Various shots President Harry Truman seated in grandstand, we see him sign a baseball. President Truman pitches the ball to start the game (the Superbowl?) Various shots of baseball game. C/U Truman watching game with Mrs. Truman, he drinks from a paper cup.

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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:42:46:00 / 01:43:45:00
    UN 1424 J

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  1. LucidWebMarketing says

    I have a couple of comments about this video and the description.

    First, someone thought this might be the Superbowl. I can assure you that it is not. The Superbowl is American football's championship game and I believe the first was in 1967. Easy mistake I suppose from a British site and not knowing baseball.

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  2. LucidWebMarketing says

    Second, this cannot possibly be President Truman in 1945. It is definitely Truman. But if he was already President, as suggested by the car followed by secret service mean, this would have to be 1946.

    Back in those days, the President would throw out the first pitch of the baseball season. It is definitely in Washington as the players are clearly wearing that team's uniforms.

    Now, the first game of 1945 in Washington was on April 20 as the Senators hosted the New York Yankees. This was only 8 days after Truman became President after FDR's death. The war of course was still going on.

    Furthermore, there is no record that Truman threw a first pitch in 1945 (see He did in 1946 however. The first game of the Senators that year was April 16 hosting the Boston Red Sox. So this is likely the date of this video.

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