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Paavo Nurmi

Paavo Nurmi (Track.  Born, Turku, Finland, June 13, 1897; died, Helsinki, Finland, Oct. 2, 1973.)  Paavo Nurmi had already won six Olympic gold medals and one silver running for Finland when he first appeared in New York in 1925.  Nurmi immediately dominated the mile events in the major indoor meets at the Garden, beating reigning […]

Ron Delany

Ron Delany (Track and field.  Born, Arklow, County Wicklow, Ireland, Mar. 6, 1935.)  Both as a Villanova star and as a post-graduate, Ron Delany was one of the great and dominant indoor milers in the history of indoor track at Madison Square Garden, winning all 17 of his Garden miles.  Delany ran for Villanova from […]

Frank Brennan

Frank Brennan (Track and field.  Born, New York, NY, 1884; died, New York, Nov. 27, 1945.)  Though not distinguished as a runner, Frank A. Brennan became an influential meet director as the founder of the New York Chapter, Knights of Columbus indoor track meet in 1918.  Brennan started the meet at what was then the 22nd […]

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