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Joie Ray

Joie Ray (Track.  Born, Kankakee, IL, Apr. 13, 1894; died, Benton Harbor, MI, May 13, 1978.)  Although he was eventually overtaken by the Flying Finn, Paavo Nurmi (q.v.), Joseph Ray was the dominant miler in the world for nearly a decade.  Ray won the A.A.U. indoor 1000-yard title three straight years (1918-20) at Madison Square […]

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 […]

Ray Conger

Ray Conger (Track and field.  Born, Seward, IL, Nov. 12, 1904; died, State College, PA, Oct. 23, 1994.)  Of the thousands of runners who trod the boards at various Madison Square Garden tracks, none created the excitement generated by Iowa State graduate Raymond Conger on the night of Feb. 9, 1929.  Paavo Nurmi, the multi-gold […]

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