PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/20/1955 - HFSID 16909
Sale Price $1,700.00
VICE PRESIDENT NIXON THANKS CLARK GRIFFITH, THE OWNER OF THE WASHINGTON
BASEBALL CLUB, FOR MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR HIM TO SEE THE SENATORS IN ACTION;
GRIFFITH WOULD DIE TWO MONTHS LATER
RICHARD NIXON. TLS: "Dick Nixon" as Eisenhower's Vice President, 1p, 6½x8½. Washington, D.C., 1955 August 20. On "Office of the Vice President" letterhead to Mr. Clark Griffith, President, Washington Baseball Club, Washington, D.C. In full: "This is just a note to tell you how very much I always appreciate the courtesies you extend each time I come to see the Washington Senators in action. The arrangements just couldn't be better in any respect. Until last night, incidentally, I have seemed to bring good luck to the Nats. I hope the next time I get out there they will resume their custom of winning when I am in the stands! Mrs. Nixon joins me in sending our best wishes. Sincerely". Accompanied by original typed mailing envelope bearing Nixon's printed frank. On October 27, 1955, just two months after Nixon wrote this letter, Washington Senators owner CLARK GRIFFITH (1869-1955) died. Griffith, who had made his major league baseball debut as a pitcher in 1891, played for the Senators from 1912-1914 and was the team's manager from 1912-1920. As innovative owner of the team, Griffith, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946, worked with limited budgets, signed Latino players and openly courted publicity - which included getting press coverage by inviting the Vice President to home games. RICHARD NIXON (191-1994), an avid fan of both football and baseball, wasn't just a "casual spectator" who showed up to have his photograph taken - he knew the game and continued his involvement with the sport after being elected to the presidency (he would throw out the first pitch of the season on April 7, 1969 and the first pitch of the 1970 All-Star Game in Washington as well as attend several games as Chief Executive). By the time of this letter, Nixon, who is credited with re-shaping the office of the Vice President, had successfully completed an extensive visit to Asia and the Far East (1953), the Eisenhower-Nixon team enjoyed public approval and the Korean conflict had been brought to an honorable end. But another crisis loomed on the horizon. On September 24, 1955, just a month after Nixon signed this letter, he was scanning the baseball box scores in the newspaper when he received a call from an Eisenhower aide who gave him the news that the President had suffered a heart attack. Nixon was in charge for the next seven weeks (he would again take the helm in 1956 and 1957, when Eisenhower suffered health problems). Eisenhower recovered, and the incumbent President and Vice President won re-election to a second term in 1956. Lightly creased with fold. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 31x22¾.
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