LUBBOCK, TX -- The Lubbock-based College Baseball Hall of fame will soon have a new building, and as of Thursday it has an even bigger name. It will now be the George H.W. Bush National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
A groundbreaking for the new facility is scheduled for the end of June.
The hall of fame will be adjacent to the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center – at an estimated cost of $9.5 million. The organization backing the hall of fame has already raised $7.5 million.
Before Bush became the 41 st President of the United States he played baseball for Yale University. Bush, a Texas native, said he is honored the building will bear his name.
“To say I am pleased is an understatement,” Bush said. “I genuinely love the game and am so very grateful for this honor – undeserved though it may be.”
Perhaps Bush was just being modest. A written statement said Bush played in the first two College World Series in 1947 and 1948.
Construction of the new facility is expected to be complete in 2016.
Lubbock’s National College Baseball Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing and preserving the history of college baseball.