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Red Sox join sports world in paying tribute to George H.W. Bush

Former President George H.W. Bush, right, and his wife Barbara watch a Houston Astros game in April 2009.
Former President George H.W. Bush, right, and his wife Barbara watch a Houston Astros game in April 2009.(David J. Phillip/AP)

When sports teams and athletes across the United States heard the news that former president George H.W. Bush passed away Friday at the age of 94, many of them saluted the 41st commander-in-chief.

Bush was an avid sports fan who played first base and was a captain for Yale University in the 1940s. He led them to the College World Series in 1947 and 1948. Bush lived in Texas for most of his life, but he was born in Milton, Mass., so the Red Sox paid tribute to him Saturday on Twitter.

Houston Texans defensive lineman JJ Watt and cornerback Johnathan Joseph also expressed their condolences, as did the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros. Bush’s son, 43rd president George W. Bush, was part owner and managing partner of the Rangers from 1989 to 1998.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement.

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) also commemorated George H.W. Bush’s love of baseball, tweeting pictures from his playing days at Yale, including one of him meeting Babe Ruth.


Brandon Chase can be reached at brandon.chase@globe.com