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Distinguished Alumnus Award to be presented Nov. 8
Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully named latest honoree

LUBBOCK, Texas -- The National College Baseball Hall of Fame will honor the post-college base­ball accomplishments of one of baseball's greatest broadcasters with the George H.W. Bush Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The Hall of Fame will honor Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully at 5 p.m. PST on Nov. 8 at the Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles.

The award is named after its inaugural recipient, George H.W. Bush, who played at Yale from 1946 to 1948 and eventually was 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 present the Bush Award to Vin Scully," said Mike Gustafson, president and CEO of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. "His career in broadcasting is unparalleled."

Scully was an outfielder at Fordham in the late 1940s, and even played in a game against Bush's Yale team in April 1947. He began his broadcasting career while a student and shortly thereafter was offered the opportunity to join the then-Brooklyn Dodgers' broadcasting booth.

"Mr. Scully is representative of what the Bush Award stands for," Gustafson said. "He is the voice of baseball for so many, and this will be a great evening."

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.

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