President Reagan, recalling his early days as a radio announcer, visited Wrigley Field on Friday, calling the play-by-play for a television broadcast of a Chicago Cub game.
Reagan had been scheduled to speak to a group of ethnic leaders and attend a GOP fund-raiser during Friday's visit, but he made an unscheduled stop at the venerable ballpark for a game between the Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates.In his early days as a radio broadcaster in Davenport and Des Moines, Iowa, Reagan used to make up play-by-play of Cub games using wire-service stories.
"You know, in a few months I'm going to be out of work, and I thought I might as well audition," Reagan said when introduced by announcer Harry Caray.
Reagan called part of the first inning and the top half of the second.
Reagan chatted with Caray and fellow announcer Steve Stone, telling them his present job is more difficult than making up Cub play-by-play 50 years ago. "Since I did games by telegraphic report, I don't think it was as hard as the present job, because by the time I got the slip of paper it had already happened," he said.
The last president to attend a Cub game was William Howard Taft on Sept. 16, 1909.