An article from the Washington Examiner thanks to the tip from Freeper:
"Opening Day: Remember that time Eisenhower had a secret baseball career?"
"Yet not making the ( West Point) baseball team may have been a blessing in disguise, because Ike had a potentially-explosive secret. After finishing high school in 1909, he spent two years working at a creamery to help pay Edgar's way through the University of Michigan. He also played baseball for money under an alias. Taking money, regardless how small the amount, would have ended his amateur status. If he had made the Army team, and had word of his earlier play for pay leaked out, he would have been expelled for breaking the Academy's Honor Code."
The Abilene high school baseball team. Ike is in the back row, second from the right.
See the wiki entry regarding Eisenhower and the baseball controversy. Amazing how mountains can be made out of mole-hills!
The Battle of France  also was won on the baseball playing fields of West Point? Omar Bradley also an outstanding baseball player and had even while attending West Point.played semi-professionally while not accepting money.