Vice President LBJ visited Sulphur Dell

Tuesday, July 2, 2002 at 1:00am

Lyndon Baines Johnson is credited for being the first Vice-President of the United States to throw out the first pitch of a minor league baseball game.

Southern Association member Nashville Vols were honored to have Vice-President Johnson throw out the ceremonial first pitch of its April 8, 1961 opening day at Sulphur Dell. Newspaper accounts indicated the Sulphur Dell toss was the first by a vice-president on an opening day at a minor league park.

Johnson, in office less than three months under President John F. Kennedy, arrived in Nashville from Washington D.C. after an extended trip to Europe and Africa. The vice-president was the invited guest speaker at the Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

Other dignitaries to accompany Johnson were Sen. Albert Gore Sr., Sen. Estes Kefauver, Rep. J. Carlton Loser, Governor Buford Ellington and Mayor Ben West. After arriving at the airport on an American Airlines commercial flight, Johnson was provided with a police escort to downtown Nashville for the starting point of a parade.

Leading the parade to its final destination at the Sulphur Dell ballpark was the Isaac Litton High School

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