‘Welcome Home, Mr. President’: George H.W. Bush Throws Opening Pitch at Texas A&M Game

After skydiving for his 90th birthday in 2014, former President George H.W. Bush made it clear he’s up for anything.

Despite being in a wheelchair, the 91-year-old onetime commander in chief took to the pitcher’s mound Saturday to throw out the first pitch at a game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Yale University Bulldogs, his alma mater.


During his time at Yale, the 41st president was a first baseman and team captain for the Bulldogs.

Right before he delivered his pitch, Bush signaled that he was about to throw a curve ball, something the former president knows is not easy to do.

President George H.W. Bush throws out the first game pitch. (Image: Facebook/Texas A&M)
President George H.W. Bush throws out the first game pitch. (Image: Facebook/Texas A&M)

The presidential pitch to the Aggies must have been a good luck charm for Texas A&M, who beat the visiting Bulldogs 13-0.

In honor of Bush, whose presidential library sits on the Texas A&M College Station campus, the Aggies’ groundskeepers cut a “41” into the outfield and the baseball team presented the beloved leader with commemorative vintage jerseys.

Texas A&M groundskeepers cut commemorative "41" into the outfield in honor of President George H.W. Bush. (Image: Facebook/Texas A&M)
Texas A&M groundskeepers cut commemorative “41” into the outfield in honor of President George H.W. Bush. (Image: Facebook/Texas A&M)

As the baseball teams took photos with Bush, one audience member shouted, “Welcome home, Mr. President,” and the crowd erupted into applause.

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