Nearly 50 years ago, a young presidential candidate paid a visit to a local Little League and handed over a special gift.
From one coast to another, the 1960 Presidential candidates covered the country in an attempt to win the White House.
John F. Kennedy made it to Portland, Oregon during the spring, shaking as many hands as he could. One of his stops was a Little League baseball field where a new season was getting underway.
In what would become a rite of spring once he reached the White House, Kennedy threw out the first pitch.
It was a moment young Mike Gefroh won’t forget, even if he and his friends weren’t real sure just who this friendly man was and why there were so many people around.
Now in his early 60s, Gefroh caught JFK’s pitch and then received a souvenir he tucked away for nearly five decades.
The Oregonian goes back in time to get the story.