(CNN) - President Barack Obama will throw out the first pitch during the Washington Nationals' season opener against the Philadelphia Phillies next Monday, White House spokesman Bill Burton confirmed on Twitter.
In a statement on the MLB's Web site, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said he is proud Obama "will continue the long Presidential tradition of throwing out the first pitch of Opening Day in Washington D.C."
According to the MLB, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the first time a U.S. President ceremoniously delivered the opening pitch to kickoff a baseball season: President William Howard Taft did so in Washington, DC on April 14, 1910 before a match up between the then-Washington Senators and the Philadelphia Athletics.
The Senators defeated the Athletics 3-0 that day during a one-hit shout performance from hall of fame pitcher Walter Johnson.
While Obama did not throw the first pitch at the National's opener last year, he did do so at the All-star game in St. Louis last July. While it appeared the ball did not quite make the plate, catcher Albert Pujols told ESPN, "It was in the air the whole way" and denied saving the president from bouncing the ball.