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Gustavus Kirby

Gustavus Kirby (Track and fencing.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, Jan. 22, 1874; died, Bedford Hills, NY, Mar. 28, 1956.)  In 1896, Gustavus Town Kirby was an I.F.A. fencing champion, but it was as an administrator in track and field that he made his greatest contributions.  Kirby ran track at Columbia (1893-95) before attending law school there.  […]

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson (Track and field.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, July 24, 1914; died, Harrisburg, PA, Dec. 17, 1992.)  A high school track star from Plymouth (Penna.), Benjamin Johnson was perhaps the best U.S. sprinter of the 1930s who never ran for his country in the Olympics.  As a 17-year-old prep runner, he missed by one spot […]

Jumbo Elliott

Jumbo Elliott (Track and field.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, July 18, 1914; died, Juno Beach, FL, Mar. 22, 1981.)  James Francis Elliott earned his nickname because he was a fan of a Phillies pitcher also named Jim (Jumbo) Elliott, but he earned his reputation in track and field because he was one of the most masterful […]

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