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World Series: Bush, Bush and Ryan to throw out first pitches

October 29, 2010 |  9:13 am


Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush are scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday.

For the first time beginning Saturday, the Texas Rangers will play host to a World Series game.

The younger Bush ran the Rangers before he ran the United States. From 1989 to 1994, he was the managing general partner of the Rangers.

Nolan Ryan, the current team president and ongoing Texas legend, is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 on Saturday. Ryan is the all-time leader in strikeouts (5,714) and no-hitters (seven).

It is not unusual for players to approach him and talk about watching him pitch back in the day.

"Some of them do, but most of those guys have retired now," Ryan said.

"It's interesting. Some of these young kids come up, and they'll ask me if I've faced so and so, and they were 20 years ahead of me. And I'm thinking, 'How old do they think I am?' "

He is 63.

-- Bill Shaikin in Arlington, Texas

Photo: George W. Bush stands for the National Anthem before the New York Yankees game against the Texas Rangers on October 15. Credit: Ralph Lauer / European Press Agency.