MastroNet August 2005
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U.S. Presidents have been attending games throughout baseball's modern era, usually with the prestigious role of throwing out the first pitch on Opening Day. Only the most dedicated baseball fans among them, however, return to the ballpark later in the season—our 34th Chief Executive, Dwight D. Eisenhower, being one such devotee of the National Pastime. The President started out the year by throwing out the first pitch at Washington D.C.'s Griffith Stadium on April 11, 1955, a thrilling experience that Ike recounted for Clark Griffith, owner of the Washington Senators, in a letter the following day: "I can only congratulate both of us on yesterday's outcome and suggest that you keep tight hold of that rabbit's foot throughout the entire season. Despite the fact that I did not exactly distinguish myself in the opening pitch, I had a grand time at the game, and I can wish for the Senators an unbroken string of such victories...It was wonderful to spend the afternoon with you, and I shall follow the Senators with the greatest of interest throughout the coming season." (This letter was sold in MastroNet's December 2003 auction and is not included here.) Proof that he was a man of his word, President Eisenhower's great interest in the Senators, and the sport in general, is here demonstrated in the form of an OAL (Harridge) baseball from later in the year, signed on a side panel "Dwight D. Eisenhower" and dated, in another hand, "MAY 1955." The lightly toned ball bears a bevy of small surface abrasions, but these do not greatly affect the jet-black signature, which spans the entire panel and grades a strong "9". LOAs from Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA.
1955 Dwight D. Eisenhower Single Signed Baseball As President
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