Former President Bush Tosses Ceremonial First Pitch at World Series

White House photo by Chris Greenberg., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Friday, October 27, during the World Series Game 1, former President George W. Bush threw the ceremonial first pitch during the game of the Arizona Diamondbacks against his former team. This is not the first time that Bush has been tasked with throwing the ceremonial pitch, as he has previously performed the same task during other games in the World Series over the years.

Still, this is the first time that Bush did it as an opener and at home while a team that he had previously owned played. The Texas Rangers had previously been purchased by a group of investors with Bush leading the cause. He had also served as managing general partner before the role was given to J. Thomas Schieffer in 1994. The team was sold in 1998 to Thomas Hicks who then sold them in 2010 to Ray Davis. Davis still owns the Rangers 13 years later.

For Bush, the most significant pitch was in 2001 before Game 3 at the Yankee Stadium in a game between Arizona and New York. The pitch occurred a bit more than a month after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack that had devastated the nation after Major League Baseball decided that the season would be resumed.

Bush entered the field wearing a bulletproof vest and had proceeded to throw the perfect pitch. He recalled that Derek Jeter advised him before the pitch not to bounce the ball or he would be booed by the crowd.

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