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Tuesday, October 31
The diamond shaped candidate
Bush signed dozens of specially-made baseball cards during each game from his front-row seat.

If voters decide on Nov. 7 to put George W. Bush in the White House, perhaps no politician will have benefited more from his association with sports. Buying into the Texas Rangers a decade ago solved Bush's greatest political problem -- the impression that he had done nothing more than be the son of a president. As ESPN.com's Tom Farrey reports in a four-day series, Bush found in baseball the ultimate backdoor into public office. Part one focuses on Bush's managerial style as a big-picture delegator with the Rangers and how that translates into a political leader.

  • Slideshow: Images that defined a candidate
  • Bush family links to sports go back a century
  • Other politicians who got a sports-fueled boost
  • Gore can play that game, too
  • Timeline: Bush and the Rangers


    The complete series

    Wednesday, Nov. 1
  • George W. Bush establishes his management style
    Colleagues say Bush would run the nation much as he ran the Rangers, when he was known as a big-picture delegator.


    Thursday, Nov. 2
  • Texas gets to know Dubya
    By making himself the public face of the Rangers, George W. created an image of himself separate from that of his father.


    Friday, Nov. 3
  • Bush gets to know Texas
    As Rangers owner, he gained access to groups all over the state -- fans who would become voters.

    Saturday, Nov. 4
  • Bush shows off "his" stadium
    When he ran for governor, Bush's proudest achievement was the Rangers' new ballpark.