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Jack Sulger

Jack Sulger (Rowing.  Born, New York, NY, Mar. 20, 1913; died, New York, NY, Jan. 2, 1979.)  One of the most popular and successful coaches in his sport, John J. Sulger was a major force in rowing for over 35 years.  Sulger was a six-time national champion as an oarsman, but earned his greatest distinctions as […]

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.  […]

F. Donald Miller

F. Donald Miller (Athletics. Born, Racine, WI, Apr. 9, 1920; died, Colorado Springs, CO, Jan. 17, 1996.) Assistant executive director (1969-73) and executive director (1973-85) of the U.S. Olympic Committee, F. Donald Miller then became president of the U.S. Olympic Committee Foundation (1985-96).

Eddie Eagan

Eddie Eagan (Olympics, boxing.  Born, Denver, CO, Apr. 26, 1897; died, New York, NY, June 14, 1967.)  The only American ever to win gold medals at both summer and winter Olympic Games, Edward Patrick Francis Eagan later served as chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission.  Eagan served as an officer in both World […]

Asa Bushnell

Asa Bushnell (College athletics.  Born, Springfield, OH, Feb. 1, 1900; died, Princeton, NJ, Mar. 22, 1975.)  Resigning as graduate manager of athletics at Princeton in late 1937, Asa Smith Bushnell became the first director of the Central Office for Eastern Collegiate Athletics, which came into existence Jan. 1, 1938.  What then was essentially a clearinghouse for […]

Avery Brundage

Avery Brundage (Executive.  Born, Detroit, MI, Sept. 28, 1887; died, Garmisch-Partenkirschen, West Germany, May 8, 1975.)  A wealthy contractor from Chicago, Avery Brundage became the most important administrator in U.S. amateur athletics ever.  Brundage participated in the 1912 Stockholm Olympiad in the decathalon and pentathlon.  In 1921, he founded his construction company.  In 1928, he was […]

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