From the “gee, I did not know that” department: The guy who has been the P.A. announcer for every inaugural parade since 1957 got the gig because of baseball:
Charlie, the PR spokesman for the Washington Senators, got the inauguration gig because someone was impressed with the way he introduced President Eisenhower for the first pitch of the 1956 Senators home opener at Griffith Stadium. They kept using him when President Kennedy took office, and he has continued as the public address announcer for the parades. And it all started because of Washington baseball.
“I introduced President Eisenhower to throw out the first pitch in 1956,” Charlie said. “In November I get a call from a woman from the White House. She said, you are the announcer who introduced President Eisenhower on Opening Day, and I said, yes I am. She said, you must have impressed somebody because I have been told to contact you to see if you would like to introduce the president again. I said, wow, what an honor. Just tell me where and when.”
And I bet he never flubs his lines like Chief Justice Roberts did during the Oath of Office today.