President Nixon made a belated appearance at the ballpark today to see Dick Bosman and the Washington Sentors shut out the Detroit Tigers, 6-0. The President waited at the White House until assured that his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Harrold Carswell, had won a test vote in the Senate, then headed for Robert F. Kennedy Stadium to watch the last half of the American League opener.
He joined his daughter, Mrs. Julie Eisenhower; her husband, David, and his wife in the fifth inning with the Senators leading 5-0. The Senators increased their lead behind the four-hit pitching of Dick Bosman with a crowd of 45,015 on hand. In the seventh, Paul Casanova doubled in Hank Allen for the final Washington tally.
All the excitement occurred in the third inning. In the top of the frame, Detroit second baseman Dick McAuliffe was ejected by home plate umpire Hank Soar for arguing a third strike. In the bottom of the frame, his replacement, Ike Brown, committed two errors opening the door for a four-run outburst by the Senators. Mike Epstein’s two-run single capped the scoring in the inning.
The Nixons and the Eisenhowers stayed to the end. After David Eisenhower had substituted for his father-in-law in throwing out the three ceremonial pitches, Bosman took control of the game. He opened the game with a strikeout of McAuliffe, and scattered four hits as the Tigers never mounted a serious threat.