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May 5, 2002 Tee Ball On The South Lawn Game

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President Bush places the first ball on the tee
while players and parents look on.
Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Perez is honorary third base coach.
 Note the number of news media representatives in the background.
Alvaro Martin (left) and Rich Eisen of ESPN 
provide the public address commentary.
A player from the Six-Eleven Little League of Trenton, N.J., gets ready to take a swing while fans watch in the background, including President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
Inside the dugout of the Uniondale (N.Y.) Little League dugout, a player gets a chin strap adjustment while Cal Ripken, Jr., looks on.

Post-game interviews with the media are a staple 
of the Little League Tee Ball on the South Lawn games.

After the interviews, families, players and guests 
sit down for a picnic on the South Lawn.

Artifacts from the first Little League Tee Ball on the South Lawn game, May 6, 2001, are on display in the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History.

Guests during the Little League Tee Ball on the South Lawn game included the Apopka National Little League team that won the U.S. Championship in the 2001 Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa. In the background, wearing a blue shirt, is U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Mel Martinez, who was first base coach during the Tee Ball game.