United States President Gerald Ford, an enthusiastic sportsman himself, congratulated the Taiwan Little League baseball team after it had won the World Series - junior category - at Williamsport on Saturday (August 24).
GV INT Little Leaguers applaud as Ford enters gym (2 SHOTS)
SCU Ford speaking
GVs of children listening overlaid as Ford speaks (8 SHOTS)
SV Applause as Ford holds up autographed ball
SCU Lin, Captain of Taiwan team
SV Lin with Ford holding banner
Addressing the young players, President Ford said:
FORD: "All of you should be congratulated. Of course we'll congratulate the team which won, I can't help but admire....where's Mr. Lin? A seven-hundred and twenty-seven per cent batting average, I wish I had that good a batting average. But I do want to congratulate every one of you individually, congratulate you as a team, congratulate those who were the sponsors, the coaches. I wish to welcome all of you from foreign lands. Its my impression that competitive athletics, whether its in Little League baseball, or whether its in the Olympics, or whether its in any sport, contributes very significantly to a better world for all of us."
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Background: United States President Gerald Ford, an enthusiastic sportsman himself, congratulated the Taiwan Little League baseball team after it had won the World Series - junior category - at Williamsport on Saturday (August 24).
Then the President was presented with an autographed baseball from Taiwan's star pitcher Lin When Hsuing, who pitched a two-hitter and scored two home runs in the final to defeat the Red Bluff, California, team 12-1.