Another season of T-ball opening Sunday at the White House with N.Y., N.J., teams

Wednesday, May 1st 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Play ball! It's T-ball season at the White House again.

Presidential spokesman Ari Fleischer said Wednesday that two Little League teams will square off Sunday on the South Lawn of the White House.

President Bush will be on hand to watch the Sluggers from Uniondale, N.Y., face the 6&11 Sluggers from Trenton, N.J.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez will coach first base. Hall of Famer Tony Perez will coach third base. Cal Ripken, the retired Baltimore Orioles shortstop, is helping the White House organize the game.

The teams were scheduled to play each other Sept. 16, but the game was postponed because of the terrorist strikes five days earlier.

``It's a unique part of his presidency, part of his love for the game,'' Fleischer said.