Baseball and the Bush family: From Babe Ruth and Poppy to Jeter ‘n’ Jeb

Jeb Bush autographs a baseball during a 2015 campaign appearance in Central Florida. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

If former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and an investor group that includes future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter are successful in buying the Miami Marlins, it will continue a long baseball tradition in the Bush family. And it won’t be the first baseball-related pairing of a Bush and a Yankee legend.

 

Jeb Bush’s grandfather, former Connecticut Sen. Prescott Bush, played baseball at Yale a century ago.

Prescott Bush in the 1916 Yale baseball program.

 

Jeb Bush’s father, former President George H.W. Bush, was captain of the baseball team at Yale in the 1940s and famously appeared in a picture with Babe Ruth in June 1948, less than three months before the Bambino’s death.

Babe Ruth and Yale baseball captain George H.W. Bush in 1948. (Yale University Library)

 

(It should be mentioned that Ruth’s 714th and final home run came off a pitcher named Guy Bush — who was not related to the political Bush clan.)

Guy Bush surrendered Babe Ruth’s 714th and final home run in 1935. He’s not related to the political Bush clan, but his surname and the magnificence of this Goudey baseball card merit inclusion here.

 

Jeb Bush’s brother, former President George W. Bush, was head of an ownership group that bought the Texas Rangers in 1989.

George W. Bush, shown here throwing out a first pitch as president, was part of the Texas Rangers ownership group before becoming Texas governor.

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