Eisenhower’s Secret Pastime

I have a Page-A-Day calendar that features “365 Amazing Trivia Facts for 2004” that I received this past Christmas. Yesterday (April 20) the calendar had this to say:

Which U.S. president played minor league baseball?

Dwight D. Eisenhower, in 1911. He played in 14 games as an outfielder for Junction City in the Central Kansas League, using the assumed name of Wilson to protect his amateur status so he could play football at West Point. He quit abruptly when local news accounts of his impressive play attracted several major league scouts.