Only weeks before he would pass away in 1948, Babe Ruth was on the Yale campus to present the original manuscript of his autobiography to the school. As fitting recipient of such a historical document was obviously the captain of the Bulldogs’ baseball team.
Little did anyone know at the time that George Herbert Walker Bush would go on from this face-to-face meeting with greatness to become President of the United States of America.
Bush was officially accepted into Yale in 1942, but he was not able to enroll until 1945 — because he was too busy becoming the youngest aviator in the Navy at the time. He went on to fly in 58 combat missions for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals, and the Presidential Unit Citation.
Our favorite part of this photo? Check out Bush’s right hand. He is attempting to shake that of the Great Bambino’s, but The Babe is smoking a cigar. Like a boss.
[H/T: CBS Sports]