On February 17, 1954 — “Realization that you now count your years at the four score mark reminds me, with something of a shock, that it was fifty years ago that I used to follow your batting average with the keenest of interest.” – DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, 34th President of the U.S congratulating Honus Wagner on his birthday.Dwight Eisenhower sends a letter labeled “personal and confidential” to Honus Wagner, wishing the former Pirates’ shortstop a happy 80th birthday. The Hall of Fame infielder was the president’s boyhood hero when he was growing up in Abilene, Kansas.


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