| GEO World|
| Obama inaugurates All-Star baseball league|
| Updated at: 1013 PST, Wednesday, July 15, 2009|
ST. LOUIS: US President Barack Obama threw the ceremonial opening pitch at the 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the left-hander successfully hurling the ball to home plate.
Obama wore a black jacket bearing the logo of his favorite team, the Chicago White Sox, as he took the ball from retired St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial and jogged to the pitcher's mound as the Busch Stadium crowd cheered.
Continuing a presidential tradition linked to the American pastime that dates back nearly a century, Obama tossed the ball 60.5 feet into the glove of Cardinals star Albert Pujols, who leaned forward slightly to make the grab.
The moment brought a quick presidential fist pump in celebration.