Welcome to Little League® - Baseball, Softball and Challenger
Translate:

Partners & Offers

Active Ad All and Snuggle Ad BombPop Ad Ace-177 BBFactory Ad Dudley Easton Ad Eteamz Ad ilead177 Gatorade heinz-ad177 Honda Kelloggs Musco Ad New Era Oakley Russell Ad SKLZ SBFactory Ad Spalding Subway
 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2008 > First Tee Ball on the South Lawn Game of 2008 Highlights Contributions by Hispanic Americans to the Sport of Baseball

First Tee Ball on the South Lawn Game of 2008 Highlights Contributions by Hispanic Americans to the Sport of Baseball

First Tee Ball on the South Lawn Game of 2008 Highlights Contributions by Hispanic Americans to the Sport of Baseball

Teeball on the South Lawn NJ PR 08 - President Roberto and Bush President George W. Bush, left, and Roberto Clemente, Jr. honorary commissioner of the 19th “Tee Ball on the South Lawn” game, handed out baseballs signed by the president and with the Presidential seal following Monday’s game at the White House. Each player, manager and coach received a signed baseball.

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (July 3, 2008) – This year’s first “Tee Ball on the South Lawn” game, played Monday at the White House, had a touch of Latin flair with a team from Manati, Puerto Rico, playing a team from Camden, N.J., in recognition of baseball’s international appeal, and the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the sport.

In keeping with the tradition of past Tee Ball on the South Lawn games, no score was kept between Puerto Rico’s José M. Rodriguez Little League Angels and the Cramer Hill Little League Red Sox.Angel Macias, who in 1957, threw the only perfect game in Little League Baseball World Series championship game history for Monterrey, Mexico’s Industrial Little League team, and Jake T. Austin who portrays Mr. Macias in the soon-to-be released feature film “The Perfect Game,” were on hand to present President George W. Bush the baseball to place on the tee to start the game.

Serving as the game’s honorary commissioner was Roberto Clemente, Jr., son of baseball hall of famer Roberto Clemente. Natalie Morales of NBC News and NBC’s Today show was the public address announcer.

Every player on both teams played on defense and batted once in the one-inning game.

Following the game, President Bush presented each player, manager, and coach with an autographed baseball, and everyone in attendance was invited a picnic on the South Lawn. The band “Menudo” provided the post-game entertainment.

The game was the 18th on the South Lawn since May 6, 2001, when President Bush began the initiative as a way to boost interest in youth sports among children and parents.

The second game will be on July 16th, and will bring together players from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia for an all-star Tee Ball game. The third and final Tee Ball game of the year will be held later in the summer on a date to be announced, featuring children from each branch of the military, giving the President an opportunity to honor families in the armed services.

President Bush, the first former Little Leaguer to be elected to the nation’s highest office, played Little League Baseball at Central Little League in Midland, Texas, in the mid-1950s. He was on the Cubs, and was a catcher. In 2001, President Bush was enshrined in the Little League Museum Hall of Excellence when he visited the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

A highlight video from some of the Tee Ball on the South Lawn games of the past seven years can be seen at www.youtube.com/user/DugoutTheMascot

Teeball on the South Lawn NJ-PR 08

The 19th “Tee Ball on the South Lawn” game recognized the contributions by Hispanic Americans such as baseball hall of famer Roberto Clemente, who had his number No. 21 displayed along with Jackie Robinson’s No. 42, during this most recent game played at the White House. The teams (pictured below) which played in the game were from Cramer Hill Little League in Camden, N.J., (wearing red jerseys) and José M. Rodriguez Little League from Manati, Puerto Rico.

Teeball on the South Lawn NJ-PR 08