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10/31/2001 12:14 PM ET
President Bush throws out first pitch
By Spencer Fordin
MLB.com
President Bush prepares to throw out the first pitch before Game 3.
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NEW YORK -- President George W. Bush tossed the first pitch before Game 3 of the World Series tonight in The Bronx.

Bush strode out of the dugout to a thunderous ovation, and he recognized the crowd response with a wave of his right hand. After that, the President ignored the pitching rubber at the bottom of the mound, choosing instead to throw from the top of the hill. Once he got there, Bush paused and gave the crowd the thumbs-up sign.

From there, he went into a short windup and delivered a perfect strike. Todd Greene, the Yankees' backup catcher, caught the offering and then ran out to shake the President's hand. After that, both managers gathered in front of the plate, creating a perfect photo opportunity with the President.

As the three men posed together, television cameras captured a candid exchange between Arizona manager Bob Brenly and the President.

"Very nice throw, Mr. President," Brenly said. "Good stuff."

It marked the fifth time a sitting president has thrown out the first pitch at a Fall Classic game and the first since Dwight Eisenhower in Game 1 at Brooklyn in 1956. Seven different presidents have attended a World Series game, the last of which was President Reagan at Baltimore in 1983.

The home teams are 7-6 in World Series games attended by a sitting President.

Previous Presidential appearances at World Series games
DATE
PRESIDENT
SITE
GAME
FIRST PITCH
SCORE
SERIES RESULT
1915
Woodrow Wilson
Philadelphia (NL)
2
Yes
Red Sox 2, Phillies 1
Red Sox won Series, 4-1
1924
Calvin Coolidge
Washington
1
Yes
Giants 4, Senators 3
Senators won Series, 4-3
1924
Calvin Coolidge
Washington
6
No
Senators 2, NY Giants 1
Senators won Series, 4-3
1924
Calvin Coolidge
Washington
7
No
Senators 4, NY Giants 3
Senators won Series, 4-3
1929
Herbert Hoover
Philadelphia
5
No
Athletics 3, Cubs 2
Athletics won Series, 4-1
1930
Herbert Hoover
Philadelphia
1
No
Athletics 5, Cardinals 2
Athletics won Series, 4-2
1931
Herbert Hoover
Philadelphia
3
No
Cardinals 5, Athletics 2
Cardinals won Series, 4-3
1933
Franklin Roosevelt
Washington
3
Yes
Senators 4, NY Giants 0
Giants won Series, 4-1
1936
Franklin Roosevelt
New York (NL)
2
Yes
Yankees 18, NY Giants 4
Yankees won Series, 4-2
1956
Dwight Eisenhower
Brooklyn
1
Yes
Dodgers 6, Yankees 3
Yankees won Series, 4-3
1979
Jimmy Carter
Baltimore
7
No
Pirates 4, Orioles 1
Pirates won Series, 4-3
1983
Ronald Reagan
Baltimore
1
No
Phillies 2, Orioles 1
Baltimore won Series, 4-1
2001
George W. Bush
New York (AL)
3
Yes
Yankees 2, D-Backs 1
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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com.

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