Obama’s historic first pitch

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Another racial milestone was reached Monday when the first African-American president made the ceremonial first pitch of the Washington Nationals’ baseball season.

To be accurate, this wasn’t President Barack Obama’s first trip to the mound. He tossed the first pitch of the 2009 All-Star Game.

But, with his lob — high and outside — the southpaw joined a long succession of American presidents to do so, dating back to William Howard Taft in 1910.

The throw must have been especially poignant to the remaining players of the National Negro League, men who were barred by the infamous “Color Line” from even playing in the majors until 1946.

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Another proud moment.

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