"At about six o'clock, the President, who was prevented from appearing earlier on account of the semi-weekly Cabinet meeting, came on the ground and remained until the close of the game (Washington Nationals 28 vs Brooklyn Excelsiors 33), an apparently interested spectator of the exciting contest."
"Gentleman, if any of you should ever take a hand in another match at this game, remember you must have 'a good bat' and strike a 'fair ball' to make a 'clean score' and a 'homerun.' - Quote above President Abraham Lincoln in a Currier and Ives editorial cartoon (1860)
"Next to (President) Abraham Lincoln and (President) George Washington, the name of A.G. Spalding is the most famous in American literature." - Boston Herald (1880)
"We boys hailed his coming with delight because he would always join us on the lawn. I remember vividly how he ran, how long were his strides, how far his coattails stuck out behind." - Early childhood letter