A COBRA Report
The Bushes of Baseball
In Recognition of the Inauguration of George Walker Bush
Leslie Ambrose Bush (1892-1974)
Born November 27, 1892 in Brainerd, Minnesota. Also known as "Bullet Joe." Leslie Ambrose Bush played in his first Major League game on September 30, 1912 with the Philadelphia Athletics. He pitched in the big leagues for 17 seasons and compiled a 196-194 won-loss record and a career earned run average of 3.51. He pitched in 489 games and yielded the same number of career strikeouts as career walks (1,319). All together "Bullet Joe" Bush played for eight different Major League teams in both the American and National Leagues. Leslie Ambrose Bush died on November 1, 1974 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Born October 8, 1887 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Also known as "Donie." Owen Joseph Bush played in his first Major League game on September 18, 1908. This began a 65-year career in organized baseball that included 16 seasons as a switch-hitting shortstop. He played all but 2 years with the American League Detroit Tigers where he was a teammate and roommate of the infamous Ty Cobb. Owen Joseph played in the 1909 World Series (Detroit lost to Pittsburgh in 7 games.) In 1917 he led the American League in runs scored with 112. In 1923, his last season he was a player/manager for the Washington Senators. He compiled an average offensive record, finishing up with a .250 career batting average while playing in 1,946 games and accumulating 7,210 at bats. He hit 9 homeruns in his career and batted in 436 runs. He went on to manage four Major League teams (Chicago White Sox, Minneapolis Twins, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates.) He managed the Pirates in the 1927 World Series (Pittsburgh lost to the New York Yankees in 4 games.) Overall his career Major League managing record is not too impressive. In seven seasons as a manager he won 497 games and lost 539 games. After managing in the big leagues Owen Joseph managed a few years in the bush leagues and eventually owned and became President of the Indianapolis Indians, a Triple A farm club then associated with Chicago White Sox. In his later years he worked for the White Sox and scouted for the Boston Red Sox. The old Victory Field in Indianapolis was renamed Owen J. Bush Stadium in honor of him. In 1996 a new downtown stadium with the old name Victory Field replaced Bush Stadium as the home of the Indianapolis Indians. In April 1997 the old Bush Stadium became the 16th Street Speedway and it now hosts midget auto races. Owen Joseph Bush passed away in Indianapolis on March 28, 1972.
(Incidentally there are at least two other noteworthy Owen Bushes although neither have an association with baseball. There was an Owen Bush who was part of the first legislature of the State of Washington and who in 1890 introduced a bill that established what is today known as Washington State University. This Owen Bush was the son of one of the earliest settlers in the Oregon Territory and a notable black citizen with the notable name of George Washington Bush. There is also a character actor known as Owen Bush who, from the 1960s on, has appeared in a variety of television shows including Bonanza, Mission Impossible, All in the Family, and Married with Children.)
Also known as "Randy." Robert Randall Bush was born in Dover, Delaware on October 5, 1958. He moved to Florida and attended the Carol City High School in the Miami suburbs. As a baseball player in high school he was named to the All State awards team. In 1978 while attending Miami Dade Community College-North he was named to the junior college All-Star team while batting .454 for the season. In 1979 Robert Randall attended the University of New Orleans where he played leftfield for the Privateers. The Privateers won the 1979 Sun Belt Conference. Robert Randall had a .369 average with 18 homeruns that season which most likely led to his being a second round draft selection in June 1979 by the Minnesota Twins. After a couple of seasons of ripening in the bush leagues he made his Major League debut with the Twins on May 1, 1982. In 12 Major League seasons, all with Minnesota, the left-hand batting and left-hand throwing Robert Randall compiled a .251 batting average and hit 96 homeruns. He played in the 1987 and 1991 World Series. In 1989 he tied a Minnesota Twins record with eight RBIs in a game. In 1991 he led the American League with 13 pitch hits and tied an American league record with 7 consecutive pitch hits. After his playing career ended Robert Randall was, for a time, the Chicago Cubs' minor-league hitting coordinator. On June 17, 1999 he was named head baseball coach of the team he had played on 20 years earlier, the University of New Orleans Privateers.
(Between 1948 and 1951 the mayor of the City of Warsaw, Indiana was Charles Homer "Bush" Rice. His tenure as mayor was notable for the installation of parking meters in downtown Warsaw. Mayor Bush Rice eventually retired to California where he died of cardiac arrest on a golf course.)
George Herbert Walker Bush (1924- )
George Herbert was the 41st President of the United States (1989-1993). He was born on June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts. George Herbert played baseball at the Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut. At Yale University he was, like his father Prescott before him, a member of the Yale baseball team, known as the Bulldogs. George Herbert played for three years at Yale. Yale played in the 1947 and 1948 College World Series (Yale lost the final game both years.) In 1948 George Herbert was captain of the team. He was also known as "Poppy" among his teammates. George Herbert throws with his left hand and bats from the right side of the plate. He was Yale's firstbaseman and he played the game with distinction. As President George Herbert attended 10 Major League games, six of them in Baltimore. (Herbert Walker, George Herbert's uncle was one of the original owners of the New York Mets.)
(Parenthetically, George Walker Bush defeated Albert Gore in the controversial general election of 2000. There is only one example of a player named "Gore" in the history of the Major Leagues. George F. Gore also known as "Piano Legs" was born in on May 3, 1857 in Saccarappa, Maine. He made his Major League debut on May 1, 1879 with the Chicago Cubs. "Piano Legs" Gore played 14 seasons and had a career batting average of .301 and 46 career homeruns.George F. Gore passed away on September16, 1933 in Utica, New York.)
On May 25, 1935 while pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a game against the Boston Braves at Forbes Field, Guy Bush threw the pitch that Babe Ruth hit for his last Major League homerun. In 1948 George Herbert Bush, Yale baseball team captain and future 41st President of the United States accepted on behalf of Yale University, an autographed copy of The Babe Ruth Story from Babe Ruth himself.
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