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Dwight David Eisenhower (Ike)

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Dwight David Eisenhower was the Supreme Allied Commander during the WWII D-Day invasion and was later elected President of the United States. It is often said that before his time in the military, Eisenhower played the 1909 season in the minors under an assumed name (Wilson). However, the sources are somewhat contradictory as to whether he played minor league or semi-pro ball and when.

President Eisenhower signs a baseball at the home opener of the Washington Senator versus the Baltimore Orioles (game day would have been either 4/11/1955 or 4/17/1957).

While at the military academy, Eisenhower once played baseball against Jim Thorpe, who was at the Carlisle School.

Eisenhower was made honorary president of the Spanish baseball federation in 1960.

"The more baseball the better." - Dwight Eisenhower
"When I was a small boy in Kansas, a friend of mine and I went fishing and as we sat there in the warmth of the summer afternoon on a river bank, we talked about what we wanted to do when we grew up. I told him that I wanted to be a real major league baseball player, a genuine professional like Honus Wagner. My friend said that he'd like to be president of the United States. Neither of us got our wish." - Dwight Eisenhower

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Preceded by
Harry S. Truman
United States President
1953 – 1961
Succeeded by
John F. Kennedy

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