Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Truman, Bess Wallace, 1885-1982; Byrd, Harry Flood, 1887-1966; Clark, Bennett Champ, 1890-1954; Griffith, Clark (Clark Calvin), 1869-1955
Legislators; Baseball

Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, July 6, 1952. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

July 6, 1952

Mrs. T. & I went to the ball game between Washington & Boston last night. The Senators won 4 to 3. On the 4th of July we went to what we supposed would be a double header. It rained at the end of the 3rd and the beginning of the 4th inning. We waited an hour and it kept raining. Finally we went back to the White House-and it cleared up so that Mr. Griffith was able to have his two games. He lost the first one 9 to 4 and he also lost the second one.

On Saturday night July 5th we went to the game and the Senators won 4 to 3. They also won on Sunday 6 to 1. I won't go to a Sunday game-for no good reason-but I'd rather go to church, but Sundays don't have an impression today.

I tried to go to a church on Sunday and listen to the sermon, but the preacher became a National Figure because I appeared at his church. I quit appearing. And I'll never appear at his church again. Wish he'd had common sense. I could have helped him behind the scenes very much. --But he could not resist the temptation to take advantage of a situation for a headline. He had the headline and lost a customer who had been very fond of him.

I should have known better. He was a Virginian and looked very much like Harry Byrd. And I'm sorry to say that Harry Byrd is not what the sabotage press try to make him. He and Bennett Champ Clark had the best and most important opportunities in the Senate of the United States that any two men ever had. Both of them muffled their opportunities!

Now why would two such wise men do that? No one knows.

Byrd is still in the Senate, for how long no one knows. Bennett Champ is on the D.C. Court of Appeals-to which court I appointed him because he begged me to do it! What a mistake I made! He had been 100% against any policy I have advocated! He is still against anything I am supporting-but I'm soft hearted and he is the personification of ingratitude. He is not in a class by himself, I'm sorry to say.


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