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President Eisenhower throws out the first pitch in the 1956 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers
The Brooklyn Dodgers won game number one of the "Subway Series" at home in Ebbets Field. Yankees Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin and Dodgers Gil Hodges and Jackie Robinson all hit home runs.
Dwight Eisenhower, one of America's more athletic presidents, was on the football and baseball teams at West Point. Stories circulated that he had played professionally, but not until 1961 did the president acknowledge that he played semipro baseball under an assumed name a year before he entered West Point, most likely aware that it would have disqualified him from playing in college.
With the president are managers Casey Stengel and Walter Alston. On the president's left is baseball commissioner Ford Frick and behind him, partially visible, is Dodger owner Walter O'Malley.