President Woodrow Wilson to visit Staunton Braves home game on Friday
The 28th President and Staunton native, Woodrow Wilson, and his beloved 1919 Pierce Arrow Presidential Limousine will visit the Staunton Braves on Friday at 7 p.m. at John Moxie Memorial Stadium in Gypsy Hill Park.
A huge fan of baseball throughout this life, the former president, portrayed by local historian Judd Bankert, will throw out the first pitch. The 1919 Pierce Arrow is the oldest still-operational presidential limousine in the country and is permanently on display at the museum at 20 North Coalter Street in downtown Staunton.
Before the game, Woodrow Wilson will be available for photos and autographs. Game attendees will receive $2 off admission to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum as well as a 20 percent off coupon at the President’s Gift Shop.
The Staunton Braves are one of 11 teams in the Valley Baseball League – one of the oldest and most prestigious summer collegiate leagues in the country. Founded in 1923, the Valley Baseball League provides a place in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley for top college players to play pure wood bat baseball against top-level competition in a festive community atmosphere.
The Valley League is one of 11 leagues supported and partially funded by Major League Baseball and is one of 11 leagues affiliated with the NACSB – an alliance of college summer wooden bat leagues that follow NCAA rules. The VBL has been named one of the top leagues in the country by Baseball America.
To find locations for free game tickets, visit www.stauntonbravesbaseball.com/about-3.
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is an educational institution dedicated to the study of the life of President Wilson and times in which he lived. In addition to welcoming museum visitors from around the world, the Presidential Library produces online educational programming for people of all ages.
The Museum is located at 20 N. Coalter Street and is currently open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 12-4 p.m. on Sundays.
For additional information, call 540-885-0897 x 113 or visit www.woodrowwilson.org.