President Bush likely to attend opening day of College World Series

Tuesday, May 1st 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ President Bush probably will attend the opening day of the College World Series, a spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., said Tuesday.

The White House told Hagel's office that the president very likely will be in Omaha on June 8 for the opening of the NCAA baseball championship series, Deb Fidelke said.

Hagel wrote Bush a letter inviting the president to throw the ceremonial first pitch. Fidelke said she did not know if Bush would do that.

Dennis Poppe, the director of championships for the NCAA, also had invited Bush visit the college championships, which run through June 16.

A lifelong fan of the game, Bush once owned a part of the Texas Rangers. As president, he has vowed to revitalize interest in America's pastime.

Bush threw the ceremonial first pitch last month for Opening Day of major league baseball in Milwaukee. He plans to hold the first White House South Lawn T-ball game on Sunday, featuring two Little League teams from the Washington area.