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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 […]

Harrison Dillard

Harrison Dillard (Track and field.  Born, Cleveland, OH, July 8, 1923.)  During the years immediately following World War II, one of the dominant names in track and field was that of Harrison Dillard, the former Baldwin-Wallace star who made it big in New York and at the Olympics.  Dillard was 27-2 in 60-yard high hurdles […]

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 […]

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 […]

Clarence Cone

Clarence Cone (Track and field.  Born, New York, NY, July 18, 1870; died, New York, NY, July 18, 1947.)  A long-time member of the old Knickerbocker A.C., Clarence Cone helped organize the first regular marathon held in the United States, Sept. 19, 1896, which was run at a 25-mile distance from Stamford, Conn., to what […]

Charlotte Boyle Clune

Charlotte Boyle Clune (Swimming.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Aug. 20, 1899; died, Scottsville, NY, Oct. 3, 1990.)  A leader among the early stars of the Women’s Swimming Association of New York, Charlotte Boyle (later Mrs. Clune) was hailed as the American women’s swimming champion in 1919.  Boyle set four world and U.S. records from 1917-21.  She […]

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 […]

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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