He was a fan like every other resident of Washington, D.C.
News accounts of the 1924 World Series reported that President Calvin Coolidge didn’t just sit and politely applaud the hometown Senators, either. Coolidge may have had his share of trouble on the job but in the ballpark, he let loose with the best of them, chomping on a cigar, standing to applaud, even tossing his hat in the air and yelling as the Senators pushed toward a championship.
After it was over, the Senators were invited to the White House for a celebration. The RMY Auctions Photo of the Day is an original image taken that day of ace pitcher Walter Johnson holding a baseball Coolidge had just signed for him. The 8×10 photo is part of an auction of over 400 lots currently underway.
The White House gathering received quite a bit of coverage from the newspapers and a photo in the Library of Congress taken just a moment earlier shows Coolidge actually signing that same baseball.
Even though he was an established veteran, being pals with presidents was heady stuff for Johnson, who’d been born on a farm in Kansas.
Johnson would play until 1927 and manage the Senators later on but would also enter the political realm himself.
The photo has a caption on the back and may have served as a publicity photo for some writing Johnson was involved in following the World Series. Bidding continues through Saturday at RMYAuctions.com.