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The time Richard Nixon attended a Senators game and ‘President’ was misspelled on his seal

The defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants visited the White House on Thursday for the third time in five years and Brandon Crawford — or was it Matt Cain? — appeared to tap Matt Duffy in the privates before the team was addressed by President Barack Obama.

The Giants’ visit with POTUS reminded graphic designer Todd Radom of the time Richard Nixon attended the Senators-Yankees season opener at RFK in 1969 and “President” was misspelled on the Presidential seal. Whoops.

[Nixon at other Senators games]

The Natinals uniform mishap of 2009 has nothing on this story from The Post’s Dave Brady, writing on April 7, 1969:

First, there were the snickers yesterday in front of the Presidential box which no one would dare explain to Richard M. Nixon or his host, Robert E. Short, chief executive of the Washington Senators.
On the three-foot seal of office it said, “The Presidnt of the United States.” The missing “e” was an error of omission to match an epidemic of them at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, although only two showed on the scoreboard.
The Secret Service rated an “E” for effort, to borrow a term from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration, as agents tried to keep a clutch of reporters from close-up views. The hope was that the photographers would raise their sights higher, on the celebrities.
But the monumental goof with an historic touch was snapped, just as Mr. Nixon was when he dropped the second baseball handed to him to throw out for the benefit of the same photographers.
Manager Ted Williams could not restrain a grin at the President’s slight embarrassment, perhaps because he was a kindred spirit, fearful of a fate such as the 8-4 humiliation the New York Yankees visited on his Senators.
The Short organization provided the longest laugh after the Yankees treated themselves to a 4-0 lead and the public address system blared the Senators’ untimely new slogan, “Don’t forget–It’s a Whole New Ball Game in 1969.”
Mr. Nixon, the No. 1 Republican, could not resist a guffaw, although he was sensitive to the fact that other meanings might be read into the humor at the expense of Democrat Short, who raised the money for the presidential campaign of former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey.
Short managed a civil grin and later was rewarded for being a good sport.
In the top half of the ninth inning, when he might have been wondering what he had paid $9 million for, Short received one of the bonuses. His family was summoned to meet Mr. Nixon for a chat.
Don Gautrau, a Secret Service agent who was an athlete at Boston College, wore one of shortstop Ed Brinkman’s gloves to protect the President, but only two weak foul grounders came his way.
The President was presented a glove with his name imprinted on it. He held it over his heart during the National Anthem and he tried it on again at the seventh-inning break.
Vince Lombardi, the Redskins’ coach, attended the game. He was seen reading a newspaper while the Senators were not at their most exciting. He left after the sixth inning to keep an appointment.

Majestic Athletic apologized for the manufacturing error that led to Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn wearing ‘Natinals’ jerseys in 2009. It’s not clear from the archives who was responsible for Nixon’s misspelled seal 40 years earlier.

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