Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, will attend Wednesday’s game at Four Winds Field as guests of South Bend Cubs owner Andrew Berlin.
The Carters are in the area this week to participate in a Habitat for Humanity project to build 23 homes in Mishawaka, which neighbors South Bend, and 41 homes overall in St. Joseph County, Indiana.
Carter, 93, served as President of the United States from Jan. 20, 1977, to Jan. 20, 1981.
Here is the South Bend Cubs’ press release about the Carters’ visit:
President and Mrs. Carter have accepted an invitation from Andrew Berlin, owner of the South Bend Cubs, to enjoy a game at Four Winds Field in the Owner’s Suite this Wednesday evening.
The Carters are in town as volunteers for the 2018 Carter Work Project, which is building 41 Habitat for Humanity homes in St. Joseph County. 23 of the homes are being built in one Mishawaka neighborhood by hundreds of volunteers this week.
“This is a great honor,” Berlin said. “President Carter has done more in his post-presidency to help other people across the country and around the world than any other President in United States history. A relaxing evening in the Owner’s Suite at Four Winds Field is our humble way of thanking him for bringing the 2018 Carter Work Project to this community.”
“I’m happy we can do this for the President and First Lady,” added Joe Hart, president of the South Bend Cubs. “They are an amazing couple with close ties to this community. Our hope is that fans come from fifty miles around to help us thank them for bringing the Carter Work Project here.”
Wednesday’s game against the Bowling Green Hot Rods starts at 7:05 p.m. Gates open to the public at 6 p.m.
No U.S. president has attended a Midwest League game while serving as the nation’s highest elected official, but at least one threw out a first pitch before his presidential days. Barack Obama did the honor for the Kane County Cougars in August 2004, when he was a U.S. Senate candidate. You can see a photo of the occasion here; note that future MLB pitcher Dallas Braden is the Cougars player standing next to Obama on the mound.