Confirmed: Three box scores from 1962 show Trump wasn’t a big hitter in prep school ball

Confirmed: Three box scores from 1962 show Trump wasn’t a big hitter in prep school ball
Donald John Trump, pictured in his 1964 New York Military Academy yearbook (Image: New York Military Academy)

[Ed. – Well, OK then.  NYMA is New York Military Academy. H/t: HuffPo]

The most definitive answer to the question of Trump’s former athletic prowess lays [sic] four miles up the river from NYMA, in the Newburgh Free Library. Tall metal filing cabinets contain microfilm of the archives of dozens of now-defunct Hudson Valley newspapers, going back to the early 19th century. One of these newspapers, the Evening News of Newburgh, New York, covered NYMA in considerable detail during the years Trump was there.

The local papers didn’t cover every NYMA game, but I was able to find accounts of about a quarter of the ones played during Trump’s sophomore and junior seasons, while papers covering opposing teams captured a few of NYMA’s away games his senior year.

The first mention of Trump in an NYMA baseball story came during his sophomore year in 1962. “Don Trump made some fine fielding plays for Coach Ralph Petrillo’s NYMA club,” the final line of the story reads. In a 4–1 loss to Cheshire, Trump played first base, hit sixth, and went 0 for 3. I found three total box scores from his sophomore year. In those games, he went 1 for 10 at the plate.

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