Little Elizabeth Ann Stitt, the daughter of Theodore Stitt, commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, gives President Coolidge a hug and the first “buddy” poppy of the season, April 28, 1927.
A fascinating entry over at an excellent blog dubbed “Ghosts of DC,” has featured an older Walter “Big Train” Johnson from April 29, 1939, reminiscing over his unique collection of baseballs signed by six Presidents, four of which were thrown out at the start of World Series games. As we recall, it was during Mr. Coolidge’s time in the White House that the Senators won their first and only World Series pennant in 1924 and almost repeated the victory in a 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1925. The six Presidents were: Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. Some of these Presidents wrote extended messages to the great baseball player; others, like Coolidge, characteristically kept it brief. Notice that President Coolidge’s signature is prominently displayed on the right hand top shelf of this handsome case. Mr. Johnson, the legendary player and manager of the Washington Senators photographed here, would donate this impressive series of gifts to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Aaron1912 has put up a very entertaining montage of clips of the Coolidges both during the Presidency and in retirement. While both Calvin and Grace knew how to maximize the benefits of technology in film and sound, Mrs. Coolidge is especially accentuating her role opposite Santa Claus (played by Frank Kiernan of the Massachusetts TB League) at 1:27 in this delightful video. Enjoy!