Historian to probe Ike baseball controversy

Abilene– Historian Bill Swank will discuss the Eisenhower baseball controversy at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Visitors Center Auditorium on the campus of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.

Swank is a San Diego baseball historian and author of “Baseball in San Diego: From the Plaza to the Padres.”

The controversy centers around the question of whether President Dwight D. Eisenhower played professional baseball before he entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

“Ike said he did, but he always refused to give details,” said Tim Rives, deputy director. “Bill has done more research on this topic than any historian I’m aware of. I’m not going to give away his conclusions, but I will say that he has discovered many fascinating details of Ike’s baseball and football days in Abilene.”

– Salina Journal, August 2, 2013

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