New-York Historical Society's Bill Shannon Dictionary of New York Sports

Harry Hillman

Harry Hillman (Track and field.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Sept. 8, 1881; died, Hanover, NH, Aug. 9, 1945.)  Starting in 1899 with the Knickerbocker A.C., Harry Livingston Hillman, Jr., was primarily a hurdler.  Hillman, a bank teller by trade, joined the New York A.C. in 1902, two years before he won three Olympic golds.  Hillman was a member of the U.S. teams in 1904, 1906, and 1908 in Olympic competitions but won all his golds in St. Louis during the 1904 Games.  That year, he set an Olympic record (24.6 seconds) in the 200-meter hurdles (an event since discontinued), won the 400-meter hurdles, and the 400 meters, where he set another Olympic record (49.2).  When a special 10th-anniversary edition of the Olympics was held in Athens in 1906, the U.S. entered its first official team.  Hillman finished fourth in the 400.  Neither hurdles event he won in St. Louis was contested.  He finished second in a thrilling battle with teammate Charley Bacon in the 400-meter hurdles in 1908 in London, after which he turned to coaching.  He coached the Dartmouth track team from 1910 (except for service during World War I) until 1945.  Hillman also coached U.S. Olympic squads in 1920 and 1924.

Post to Twitter

Please leave comments, edits or additions here.

*

About This Dictionary

The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel. We welcome public and scholarly contributions and suggestions.

Sort by Last Name

A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Support n-yhs

Help us support our sports database and other collections.

About Bill Shannon

A prolific author, wire service sports reporter, long time Major League Baseball official scorer, football statistician, sports museum founder, theatrical agency owner and public ... read more

Submission Form

* (denotes required field)

Disclaimer & Privacy Policy