Yale baseball team honors George H.W. Bush

The Yale University baseball team honored the late President George H.W. Bush on Saturday following the announcement of his death late Friday evening.

“We mourn the passing of the 41st President of the United States- George H.W. Bush,” the team said in a tweet. Bush was captain of the Yale baseball team as a student there in the 1940s. 

The team also quoted Bush's son, George W. Bush, who said his father, 94, "was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for." George W. Bush announced his father's death in a statement late Friday.

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Bush stayed connected to the team after he graduated from Yale in 1948, meeting with new team members late into his life.

“One of the great first basemen and baseball captains in Yale’s history, President Bush remained an avid ‘Bulldog,’ a fan of Yale athletics, and an especially ardent champion of our student-veterans. He set an example of dignified service to this country that will continue to inspire future generations at Yale,” Yale University President Peter Salovey said in a statement.

In a statement honoring the late commander in chief, President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Michael Flynn asks judge to spare him from jail time MORE said the elder Bush "always found a way to set the bar higher," pointing to his days captaining the Yale baseball team.

Bush later went on to become the Navy's youngest aviator during World War II and then serving in Congress, as ambassador to China, CIA director, vice president and eventually president.