Superbowl Sunday Presidential Trivia
Did you know that Gerald R. Ford received offers from two professional football teams, the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers?
He chose instead to take a position as boxing coach and assistant varsity football coach at Yale hoping to attend law school there.
In his youth, Jerry earned “All-City” and “All-State” honors at South High School in Grand Rapids before joining the team at the University of Michigan as a center.
Ford won the Meyer Morton Trophy, awarded to the outstanding freshman player in spring practice, in his first year as a Wolverine. He made the varsity squad the next year and in 1934 he got the starting position.
Although he had high hopes for his senior year since the team won the national championship in both 1932 and 1933, injuries hit the offense and the defense struggled. “We lost seven of our eight ball games,” Ford later reflected on his final season at Michigan. “But what really hurt was that my teammates, after the end of the season, voted me the most valuable player. I didn’t know whether to smile or sue.”
(ARC Identifier 186975)
-from the Ford Library
Babe Ruth and George Bush
On January 29, 1936, the Baseball Hall of Fame elected its first members. Among the five men was Babe Ruth, seen in this photograph taken in 1948, donating the manuscript of his autobiography to Yale.
The young man in uniform is the captain of the Yale baseball team and a future President. George H. W. Bush was an older college student—he had delayed going to college and joined the Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Ladies and Gents! On this date in 1927, September 30, Babe Ruth hit the 60th home run of the baseball season!
In celebration of this baseball great, here he is in 1948, presenting his papers to Yale University. Who’s that receiving them? None other than the Yale Baseball Team Captain (and future U.S. President) George Bush.
June 5, 1948.
This photograph is of the Courbey Court Eating Club at Yale University. Former US President Gerald Ford was one of the distinguished members of this interesting club—he can be seen on the back row, eighth from left. I think we could probably devote a whole Tumblr to photos of Gerald Ford eating… we seem to have quite a few.