Tributes have poured in for former U.S. president George H.W. Bush following his death on Friday at the age of 94.
Bush made his final appearance on a baseball field previous year, when he accompanied his son during the ceremonial first pitch before Game 5 of the 2017 World Series in Houston. The team went on to participate in two College World Series but lost. Ruth was at Yale University to donate a manuscript of his autobiography to the college, USA Today reported.
Bush kept his college first-base mitt in a drawer in the Oval Office during his term as president.
Former prime minister Tony Blair said: "President Bush was an extraordinary and exemplary public servant, a man dedicated to his country, the values it stands for at its best and to making the world better, more stable and more peaceful". His son, George W. Bush, was the managing general partner of the Texas Rangers from 1989 to 1994.
Top Middle-East officials, including UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah also sent their condolences to Bush's family, according to local media. Bush is expected to lie in state in the US Capitol. His love for our country and all things American made a lasting impression on me. "These are life lessons we should all emulate", Ryan tweeted. "Our condolences to the Bush family and the American people", Thacic said. He epitomized class and dignity and was a true patriot.
Bush also delivered the ceremonial first pitch during the American League Championship Series between the Astros and Royals. Game 5 of last year's World Series is considered the most memorable and dramatic game in Astros history. As loyal fans, they stuck with us through the challenging years and were there to celebrate Houston's first World Series championship in 2017.
In addition, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences over the passing of former US President George H.W. Bush and lauded his contribution to the Russian-US cooperation on worldwide security.
Bush presided over economic malaise at home, and infuriated his fellow Republicans during a budget battle with rival Democrats by famously breaking his vow: "Read my Lips: No new taxes".