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Pres. George H.W. Bush, 91, throws out first pitch at Royals-Astros game (+video)

President George H.W. Bush throws out the first pitch with his wife Barbara before Sunday's ALDS baseball game between the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals on October 11, 2015 at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
President George H.W. Bush throws out the first pitch with his wife Barbara before Sunday's ALDS baseball game between the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals on October 11, 2015 at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Kansas City Star

HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush, in a wheelchair and wearing a neck brace, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 of the American League Division Series between the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

The 91-year-old Bush, recovering after breaking a vertebra in his neck in a summer spill, smiled broadly when the crowd cheered after he was brought onto the field. With wife Barbara by his side, he bounced a short throw from about five feet in front of the plate to Houston's Jed Lowrie, who was set up to catch.

Bush is a longtime Astros fan with a home in Houston, and for years he attended dozens of games a year in seats just behind home plate.

His son, former President George W. Bush, was in attendance Sunday in Arlington, Texas for Game 3 of the Texas Rangers’ series with the Toronto Blue Jays.

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