George H.W. Bush Throws 1st Pitch at Houston Astros Game

He threw the pitch to the Astros' Jed Lowrie.

ByEMILY SHAPIRO
October 11, 2015, 6:32 PM
PHOTO: Former President George H.W. Bush throws out the ceremonial first pitch to Houston Astros' Jed Lowrie (8) before Game 3 of baseball's American League Division Series between the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros, Oct. 11, 2015, in Houston.
Former President George H.W. Bush throws out the ceremonial first pitch to Houston Astros' Jed Lowrie (8) before Game 3 of baseball's American League Division Series between the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros, Oct. 11, 2015, in Houston.
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— -- George H.W. Bush, a longtime Houston Astros fan, threw the ceremonial first pitch before today's playoff game between the Astros and Kansas City Royals.

The former president, in a wheelchair and neckbrace, was smiling when he took to the field with his wife. He then threw the first pitch to the Astros' Jed Lowrie.

Bush has been sporting a neck brace since he fell at his home in July and broke a vertebra in his neck.

Barbara Bush said she thought the first pitch was "great."

"We're big Astros fans," she said, according to Bush spokesman Jim McGrath.

Today is Game 3 of the American League Division Series.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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