Campaign 2000: Diamonds Are for Bush

Baseball is George W.'s great passion. It's what he is most confident about. And it's a key to understanding him

Walk into George W. Bush's office in Austin, Texas, and you can't miss the baseballs. Nearly 250 of them, collected since Bush was a child, fill two wooden cases along one wall. Each prize rests in its plastic cube displaying a superstar's scrawl. In the collection are bygone greats like pitcher Sandy Koufax and today's stars like Ken Griffey Jr. The light-blue signature of the legendary Stan Musial is barely legible on one dingy yellow ball. Most are bright white, though, including the one signed by both rival sluggers Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. There's a case for the totems offered...

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