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Nimitz High School baseball team remembers fallen athlete

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Nimitz High School in Irving honored a former baseball player who died five years ago in a car accident.

The Nimitz Vikings baseball team took a moment to remember 17-year-old Jerry "Bubba" Hux Jr., #00, before the first pitch was thrown.

Many people showed up for the memorial, even current students who never knew him. The varsity team wore special T-shirts. A memorial was unveiled to remember someone many loved. A baseball hangs on the outfield fence inscribed with the words,"Jerry "Bubba" Hux, 00, 1990-2008."

"To say he touched a lot of lives just doesn't do him enough justice honestly," said childhood friend Brett Schleif.

In January of 2008, Hux kissed his parents goodbye, walked out the door, and died 15 minutes later.

Police say he was a passenger in a car that skidded across a rain slicked road and slammed into a tree and utility pole. Two others in the car survived.

A piece of the utility pole stands guard near left field, much like Hux did. Now something more permanent and eye catching is hanging on the fence to remember a teenager who had two loves in life, his family and baseball.

Future generations will finally be able to recognize a great athlete, a great person, a great friend so it's about time.

Apparently, a new coach asked why the utility pole was in the field. A parent told him the story and then the decision was made to create a more formal tribute for the Hux family.

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