“Gideon the Hippie Minister” returned for another visit to the College World Series, and members of a nearby church are glad he did.

Texas Longhorns fan Peter Manry, an ordained minister, has attended almost all the games here since the late 1980s.

He makes the 900-mile drive from his Houston home with his dog, Bonnie, and each year he donates thousands of T-shirts he brings along to the First Christian Church in neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Most shirts are leftovers from Houston-area road races. Local missions can’t use the shirts, Manry said, and many are sold as rags.

“We take them to somebody that needs a change of clothes,” he said.

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