He turned down an offer from the Cincinnati Reds to accept a football scholarship to LSU in 1938. He graduated in 1941 receiving his diploma in Petroleum Engineering and a commission in the Army as a Second Lieutenant.
LSU documents reveal a groundswell at the Ole War Skule to honor Alex Box after he died overseas. In May 1943 the LSU Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to name the baseball stadium for Box. For the first time in the school’s history,” reported an article in the student newspaper The Reveille,”the service and memory of the military hero came to be esteemed so highly that a structure on the campus was named in his honor.” The baseball stadium was named in his honor.