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

He was an avid sports fan who played first base and was a captain for Yale University in the 1940s.

Former President George H.W. Bush, right, and his wife Barbara during the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game Saturday, April 18, 2009 in Houston.
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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