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George H.W. Bush visited Kalamazoo for first ever NCAA baseball World Series

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Although it might be a tidbit of local legend to some, others would be perplexed to hear that former president George H.W. Bush had made a visit to Kalamazoo far before his days as a politician, one of which was monuments for the sports of college baseball.

In 1947 and 1948, the National Collegiate Athletic Association held their first-ever baseball World Series in Kalamazoo, Michigan at Hyames Field, where Bush played first base for the Yale Bulldogs, who faced off against California and Southern California, respectively.

According to a release from Yale Athletics, Bush enrolled in Yale after serving in World War II and emerged as a key player for the baseball team, playing 17 games in 1946 and assisting in the World Series run in '47 and '48.

I am not big on giving free advice for the simple reason that it's usually viewed as being worth what was paid for it," Bush said in an interview with Yale as the team prepped for their 150th season in 2015. "That said, I would encourage each and every young man who might attend Yale and play ball to do the same things my mother taught me a million years ago: do your best, share credit, focus on the team. It's not fancy, but it worked for me.



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