Quote of the day

We boys hailed his coming with delight because he would always join us on the lawn. I remember vividly how he ran, how long were his strides, how far his coattails stuck out behind.

~Written about Abraham Lincoln in an early childhood letter

 

The author of the letter unknown, but Lincoln was known to play baseball on the front lawn of the White House.  Lincoln even had a field, called the White Lot, constructed on White House property for ballgames.  This field hosted a number of games between the Potomac Club and the earliest incarnation of the Washington Nationals (both teams formed in 1859).  One more reason to love our 16th President!

Abraham Lincoln OilPainting1869Restored

Abraham Lincoln, painting by George Peter Alexander Healy in 1869 (Wikipedia)


6 Comments on “Quote of the day”

  1. Steve Myers says:

    I wonder how much less intense the Civil War would have been if baseball competition were in full swing.

  2. verdun2 says:

    Do you suppose either Grant or Sherman could hit?
    v


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