Photo From the Attic: Congressional Pastime

Posted June 30, 2010 at 4:24pm

[IMGCAP(1)]This week’s Congressional Baseball Game has a long history, beginning as a casual game among Members in 1909. Until 1949, House Members filled the roster. Shown here is the gathering for the 1917 game with President Woodrow Wilson. At that game, Rep. Jeannette Rankin (R-Mont.), the first female Member of Congress, threw out the first pitch and kept score. That brought her another first: She was the first woman to participate in the game.