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George H.W. Bush Tosses 1st Pitch in Neck Brace at Astros

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    George H.W. Bush Tosses 1st Pitch in Neck Brace at Astros
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    HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 11: Former President George H.W. Bush throws out the ceremonial first pitch to Jed Lowrie #8 of the Houston Astros as former First Lady Barbara Bush looks on prior to game three of the American League Division Series between the Houston Astros and the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park on October 11, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

    Former President George H.W. Bush, in a wheelchair and wearing a neck brace, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 of the American League Division Series between the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

    The 91-year-old Bush, recovering after breaking a vertebra in his neck in a summer spill, smiled broadly when the crowd cheered after he was brought onto the field. With wife Barbara by his side, he bounced a short throw from about five feet in front of the plate to Houston's Jed Lowrie, who was set up to catch.

    Bush is a longtime Astros fan with a home in Houston, and for years he attended dozens of games a year in seats just behind home plate.