June 27, 2005


T-ball on White House lawn is a big hit with Chicago kids (LYNN SWEET, June 27, 2005, Chicago Sun-Times)

Wearing red shirts, the nine kids from Chicago scrambled around a makeshift White House baseball stadium, playing their counterparts in blue from the east.

The kids, their parents, other team members traveling with them who did not play Sunday and other team personnel went on a White House tour before the game.

The players and coaches are going back to Chicago with an individual picture with the president and a baseball signed by him.

Talk about a field of dreams. [...]

Since I write about President Bush and Mayor Daley all the time -- and they always have their names in the paper -- before I go on telling you about them being at the game, I want to give you the roster of the team from the South Side of Chicago, Taylor Paige Nevils; Joi Russell; Johnathan Watson; Christian Wright; Kamani Smith; Balieux Robinson; Terreon Hopkins; Jaylen Heard and Owen Johnson.

The coaches were Anthony Frazier and Daron White; manager Tisa Macklin; League president Mason Dorsey and district administrator Verba Kirksey.

Bush, a former managing general partner of the Texas Rangers, was in the temporary stands erected on a portion of the grassy South Lawn of the White House.

The T-ball league he started is in its fifth season. The teams playing Sunday are part of the "Little League Urban Initiative,'' a program to expose city kids at a young age to the game. The team names come from the old Negro Leagues.

Daley was invited to watch the South Side Little League Memphis Red Sox matchup with the Jackie Robinson South Ward Little League Black Yankees.

By the time Bush came to the game, near 3 p.m. Chicago time, to proclaim "Play ball,'' the president had been to church, come home, changed clothes and driven 41 minutes to the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.

He stayed for almost two hours. Reporters were told the president went for a bike ride.

Bush appeared on the field wearing an open neck, short sleeve shirt and Dockers-like pleated front pants.

Daley was dressed in a white knit short sleeve shirt and beige pants.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 27, 2005 10:27 AM


Wait'll the next George Bush is in the White House.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at June 27, 2005 10:42 AM

Having been to RFK for a Nationals game, I can safely tell you the T-ball field at the White House has to be a 10-times better place to watch a game in Washington D.C. during the summer (even if the Nationals are winning right now).

Posted by: John at June 27, 2005 11:09 AM

Of course this was in the fashion section of the paper, not the political area.

Posted by: Sandy P at June 27, 2005 1:15 PM

Of course they don't play soccer, now that the country is suffering through a president controlled by the MLB-Industrial Complex.

Posted by: Brandon at June 27, 2005 2:54 PM