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.
“President Bush was a great American who devoted his life to serving his country. He epitomized class and dignity and was a true patriot.”— Houston Astros (@astros) December 1, 2018
Jim Crane’s full statement on the passing of President George H.W. Bush: https://t.co/bVSshRMjT1 pic.twitter.com/Q8FL4A9qnr
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.
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has died at age 94. Long before he stepped into the Oval Office, he played for @YaleBaseball in the first @NCAACWS. Here’s a look back at “Poppy” Bush’s lifelong connection to baseball in the #SABR archives: https://t.co/Kk8kk2dod1 pic.twitter.com/1WqIUGM9dI— SABR (@sabr) December 1, 2018
When @GeorgeHWBush threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the @Orioles' season opener in 1989, he became the first sitting U.S. President to do so from the pitching mound. Read about Bush's lifelong connection to baseball in the #SABR archives: https://t.co/Kk8kk2dod1 pic.twitter.com/DLABjwKSBA— SABR (@sabr) December 1, 2018
President George H.W. Bush had a memorable career at @YaleBaseball, playing three varsity seasons as a first baseman and helping the team make the @NCAACWS in 1947-48. He also met Babe Ruth and played against Fordham's Vin Scully. Learn more: https://t.co/Kk8kk2dod1 #SABR pic.twitter.com/VEpmGkNkG0— SABR (@sabr) December 1, 2018
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