Pitch Perfect. Former President George H. W. Bush ’48 threw the ceremonial first pitch at a Houston Astros playoff game on Sunday. The Houston team, which Bush has supported for many years. beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2. Maybe we can enlist Bush’s help in the Yale baseball team’s next game. A stroke of luck couldn’t hurt the Elis, who tied with Brown for sixth in the Ivy League last spring.