Distinguished Alumnus Award to be presented Aug. 29
U.S. Rep. Roger Willliams, Dr. Bobby Brown named 2015 honorees
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The National College Baseball Hall of Fame will honor the post-baseball accomplishments of two eminent men during the second presentation of the George H.W. Bush Distinguished Alumnus Award.
The Hall of Fame will honor U.S. Rep. Roger Williams and Dr. Bobby Brown at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29 at the Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.
The award is named after its inaugural recipient, George H.W. Bush, who played at Yale from 1946 to 1948 and eventually went on to be elected the 41st President of the United States.
Bush, called "Poppy" by his teammates, played first base for the Bulldogs teams that played in the first two College World Series. He also served as the team captain for the 1948 squad.
"The Hall of Fame is honored to have an award named after former President Bush, and to have a way to recognize the off-the-field accomplishments of men such as Congressman Roger Williams and Dr. Bobby Brown," said Mike Gustafson, president and CEO of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Williams, in addition to being elected to Congress and previously serving as the Texas Secretary of State, played baseball at TCU and then professionally in the Atlanta Braves organization. He later returned to his alma mater as head coach.
Brown played at Stanford, UCLA and then Tulane, around Naval Officer Training and medical school, before joining the Yankees organization and playing in four World Series during a career spanning parts of eight Major League seasons. He also served as the president of the American League for a decade, after practicing as a cardiologist.
"Both of these men are great representations of what the Bush Award stands for," Gustafson said. "We can't wait to honor their accomplishments and hear a few stories of their playing days while we're at it."
The National College Baseball Hall of Fame, based in Lubbock, Texas, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing and preserving the history of college baseball. In addition to the annual induction of the Hall of Fame class, the organization presents numerous awards to current college baseball players, coaches and umpires, including the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award and the National Pitcher of the Year Award, during its annual Night of Champions event. The organization was founded in 2004, and the first Hall of Fame class was inducted in 2006. Currently, a capital campaign is under way to raise the $13 million needed to construct the George H.W. Bush National College Baseball Hall of Fame building and create an endowment.
For sponsorship information or to purchase a table, call (817) 763-5087 or visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.