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Charlie Ward

Charlie Ward (Pro Basketball.  Born, Tallahassee, FL, Oct. 12, 1970.)  After leading Florida State’s football team to the national championship in Jan. 1994, Charlie Ward, Jr., won the Heisman, Maxwell, and Davey O’Brien trophies as the nation’s best football player, as well as the Sullivan Award as the outstanding amateur athlete in America.  He was […]

Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones (Golf.  Born, Atlanta, GA, Mar. 17, 1902; died, Atlanta, GA, Dec. 18, 1971.)  Robert Tyre Jones, Jr., was the golf equivalent of Babe Ruth, Bill Tilden and Jack Dempsey during America’s “Golden Age of Sports” in the 1920s and 1930s.  Bobby Jones was also the first man ever to win golf s “Grand […]

Les MacMitchell

Les MacMitchell (Track. Born, New York, Sept. 26, 1920; died, San Jose, CA, Mar. 21, 2006.) Unusual for his era, Thomas Leslie MacMitchell was competitive with the world’s elite mile runners while still an undergraduate at N.Y.U. MacMitchell was the 1941 N.C.A.A. mile champion outdoors, but that winter he had already won the Baxter Mile […]

Gil Dodds

Gil Dodds (Track and field.  Born, Norcatur, KS, June 23, 1918; died, St. Charles, IL, Feb. 3, 1977.)  From the time he won the 1940 N.C.A.A. cross-country national championship running for Ashland (O.) College, Rev. Gilbert Lothar Dodds was expected to be a major star.  Dodds indeed became the leading miler during and immediately after […]

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 […]

Glenn Cunningham

Glenn Cunningham (Track and field.  Born, Elkhart, KS, Aug. 4, 1909; died, Menifee, AR, Mar. 10, 1988.)  While sub-4:00 miles are almost routine now, both indoors and outdoors, such was not the case in the 1930s, when Glenn Cunningham was the world’s premier miler.  At that time, a sub-4:10 mile was considered unusual.  No one […]

Dick Button

Dick Button (Figure skating.  Born, Englewood, NJ, July 18, 1929.)  First of the great post-World War II American figure skating champions, Richard T. Button was the U.S. national men’s champion seven straight years (1946-52) and a five-time world champion (1948-52).  Button was the Olympic gold medalist in 1948 at St. Moritz, Switzerland, the first American to […]

Don Budge

Don Budge (Tennis. Born, June 13, 1915, Oakland, CA; died, Scranton, PA., Jan. 26, 2000.)  John Donald Budge earned everlasting fame by becoming the first man ever to win the “Grand Slam” of tennis, capturing the U.S., Wimbledon, French and Australian titles in the same year.  That string of victories captured world headlines in 1938.  But […]

Bill Bonthron

Bill Bonthron (Track and field.  Born, Detroit, MI, Nov. 1, 1912; died, Princeton, NJ, Jan. 17, 1983.)  One of the star milers of the mid-1930s, William R. Bonthron was a Princeton man who often dwelled in the shadow of the immortal Glenn Cunningham.  But Bonthron’s career was not without its notable successes.  As a junior, […]

Doc Blanchard

Doc Blanchard (College football. Born, McColl, SC, Dec. 11, 1924, died, Bulverde, TX, Apr. 19, 2009.)  Felix A. Blanchard was nicknamed “Doc” early in his athletic career, but became better known across America as “Mr. Inside” while playing for the Army football teams of 1944-1946.  Blanchard had his finest season in 1945, when he scored 19 […]

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