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Bush to allow baseball on White House lawn

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Bush plans to bring baseball to the South Lawn of the White House, spokesman Ari Fleischer said today.

Prior to a White House lunch where Bush was to meet with Baseball Hall of Fame legends, Fleischer said the president planned to open the South Lawn periodically to youngsters to play T-ball, a game usually played by 4- to 8-year-olds.

"The first game will be in April or May," he told reporters. The teams would be selected through coordination with the Little League organization, he said.

"The president's desire is to keep vitalized the national pastime," Fleischer said.

Bush, a former managing partner of the Texas Rangers, began his love affair with baseball by playing Little League in his boyhood home of Midland, Texas.