The Corpus Christi Hooks will be changing their name to “Blue Ghosts” for Memorial Day Weekend, in honor of the 76th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Lexington CV-16.
They did it for the first time last year and it was a huge success.
“We feel privileged to see the USS Lexington in all her glory on a daily basis across the channel from Whataburger Field,” said Hooks General Manager Wes Weigle in a press release. “By taking the field as the Blue Ghosts for the second consecutive year, we continue a unique collaboration that showcases a major piece of U.S. history within the creative landscape and competitive nature of Minor League Baseball. It amplifies the significance of this Memorial Day Weekend as we salute her crew’s sacrifices during WWII, as well as her representation of those past and present servicemen and women who call the Coastal Bend home.”
The USS Lexington served the Fifth Fleet during World War II after its commissioning by the US Navy in 1943. It earned the nickname “The Blue Ghost” during its 21 months in combat. The CC Hooks thought it to be a creative way to honor US soldiers during Memorial Day weekend.
“The staff and volunteers of the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay are excited about the Hooks honoring this historic ship again when they take the field as the Blue Ghosts during the May 23-25 series,” said Lexington Executive Director Steve Banta in a press release. “The long-lasting partnership between the LEX and the Hooks is something we are very proud of, and Blue Ghost Weekend represents this partnership and the commitment both organizations have to this great community.”
For Saturday’s game, the first 2,000 fans will receive a Blue Ghost DriFit shirt from Hilliard, Martinez, Gonzales. Fans will also have the opportunity to win Blue Ghosts jerseys worn during the game in a silent auction, and all proceeds will benefit the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay and the USO of South Texas.
Anyone can order Blue Ghosts merchandise like the official 2019 “Lady Lex Gray” on-field cap at cchooks.com/blueghosts.