The National College Baseball Hall of Fame facility to be built in Lubbock, Texas now has a name, as the board of trustees have announced the facility as the George H.W. Bush National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Before serving as the 41st President of the United States, Bush was the team captain of his Yale University baseball team, helping the Bulldogs reach the first two College World Series in 1947 and 1948.
Mike Gustafson, CEO and President of the Hall of Fame, believes that utilizing Bush’s name was a natural fit as the former-President has historically significant ties to college baseball.
“As our capital campaign continues to gain momentum, we felt it was important to move ahead with this piece of our future,” said Gustafson. “We are thrilled to be able honor a great man who has direct ties to college baseball in this way.”
While the Hall of Fame is excited to honor both Bush and those associated with the history of college baseball, the former-President is honored that the Hall of Fame will bear his name upon its facility in Lubbock.
“To say I am pleased is an understatement,” said Bush. “While my baseball days at Yale hardly measure up to the likes of my boyhood idol Lou Gehrig, or Hall of Famers like Jackie Robinson or Dave Winfield, I genuinely love the game and am so very grateful for this honor — undeserved though it may be.”
The National College Baseball Hall of Fame was founded in 2004 and inducted its first Hall of Fame class in 2006, which included the likes of former-MLB stars Will Clark, Robin Ventura, and Dave Winfield, as well as legendary Divison I coaches Rod Dedeaux, Cliff Gustafson, and Ron Fraser.
Construction of the facility will commence in June 2014, as the ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled to coincide with the annual Night of Champions (where the annual induction of the class and other awards are announced), which is set to occur on June 28, 2014.
In the meantime, a campaign to raise money for the construction fees of the facility and an endowment fund will commence, as approximately $13 million will be needed.