MLB donates $50K to honor Bluffton baseball team

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball donated $50,000 to Bluffton University on Tuesday in honor of the school's 2007 baseball team that was devastated by a fatal bus accident in March.

The contribution will go toward a permanent memorial and other refurbishments at newly named Bluffton University Memorial Field.

Five players were among those who died in the March 2 crash in Georgia as the team headed to Florida for a tournament.

"This terrible tragedy will never be forgotten, and Major League Baseball is honored to play a part in assisting with the creation of an appropriate tribute to those who lost their lives," commissioner Bud Selig said.

Bluffton president James Harder announced the donation before the school's final home game of the season against Defiance College.