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The American leader admitted he'd worn this outfit with his wife in mind when he threw the first ceremonial pitch at a baseball game in Saint Louis Photo: © Getty Images

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"This is as much fun as I've had in quite some time," said Mr Obama, who admitted he's been practicing his arm action in the White House Rose Garden
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15 JULY 2009

Sports enthusiast Barack Obama tried his hand at one of his favourite spectator sports on Tuesday night, tossing the ceremonial first pitch at the All-Star game - one of the highlights of the baseball season.

The crowd at the packed-out Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri, roared as the US president lobbed the ball, before punching the air in satisfaction.

"This is as much fun as I've had in quite some time," said the American leader, who also admitted he'd been nervous about not managing the 66 ft, 6in throw all the way to the waiting catcher.

His throw was a success, however, perhaps down to the fact he'd practiced the night before in the White House Rose Garden.

On his choice of outfit - a White Sox jacket - Mr Obama said: "Everybody knows I'm a White Sox fan.

But he also had even more compelling reason to wear it. " My wife Michelle thinks I look cute in this jacket. Between those two things, why not?"

It was a sports-filled day for Mr Obama, who grew up playing basketball and also enjoys a round of golf.

He had earlier received Wimbledon champ Serena Williams at the White House.

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