Category Archives: track history

Book Review: Showdown at Shepherd’s Bush

Why is the marathon distance 26 miles, 385 yards? If you have more than a passing knowledge of the history of long distance running, you know it’s because the start and finish of the 1908 Olympics were in front of … Continue reading

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Ohio State’s All-Time Greats

I’m starting up a new feature, one I will try to do on a weekly basis. I will be posting my picks for the ten greatest athletes to compete for each college team in the USA. Obviously, with over 300 … Continue reading

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>The Exchange Zone: Sid Sink

> I’m heading up a new project, a monthly interview show called “The Exchange Zone”.  I’m partnering with My first guest is one I’ve known for a very long time, Sid Sink.  He was my coach at Bowling Green. … Continue reading

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>Superfan Daily: Exhibit on ’36 Olympics and Jesse Owens

>It recently came to my attention that the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage now has a special program titled “The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936”, a traveling exhibit of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It seeks to explain how the … Continue reading

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>Sunday Evening Decathlete: Special Monday Edition

>The weekly round of track-centric Monday morning quarterbacking comes a day late, as I was on vacation in Toronto for the weekend. What did we learn this week? USATF announced its CEO job description. This is actually an important part … Continue reading

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>Another Cool Photo

>I’m very much into the ancient-as-hell photos and seeing what track & field used to be like. Track historian and Penn Relays historian Dennis Johnson dug this one up:This is John Daly of the Irish-American AC, competing on the I-AAC’s … Continue reading

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>Central Collegiate Championships Trivia

>Very trivial. See here.

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>USA versus USSR Dual Meets

>Bleacher Report calls them the greatest track meets of all time. Good post, well worth reading. A few weeks ago I noticed a several-day uptick in hits on this topical blog post. Research, perhaps?

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>Very Cool Photos

>Brought to my attention by Dr. Jonas Mureika on the T&FN message board. Old pictures from the 1932 LA Olympics. Very, very cool.

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>All-Time Greats Rankings

>Here’s what I have right now. Bear in mind the following:No pre-1947 results are consideredAthletes with a * could earn more points as I work on pre-1962 AOY rankingsI’m still totalling numbers and I’m almost certainly missing some athletesWomen are … Continue reading

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