Here is Earl Young's letter:
John Allen was 24th in the 50Km race walk at Rome 5 hrs. 3 min.
His obituary in the Buffalo News does not even mention his being an Olympian.
|Bagdonas at West Point|
Edward Bagdonas - Ed served as the Troop Commander in late 1966 until Jan 1967. He passed away on Mar 29, 1985. He played football at West Point on the undefeated 1958 team. He represented the United States in the 1960 summer Olympics in Rome in the hammer throw. He retired after 21 years as a LTC. His last assignment was related to the development of the M1 Tank. He is buried in the Wildwood Cemetery in Gardner, Worcester Co, MA. (from website of A Troop 3rd squadron 4th CAV 25th Infantry Division)
|This famous picture by George Silk was taken of Ed Bagdonas at the 1960 Olympic trials with a photo finish camera to give|
the distorted effect but one still showing the tremendous forces at work in the hammer throw.
2 Times Olympic Champion in 110 HH
The following youtube collection shows many of Lee Calhoun's biggest races
thanks to Leif Bugge for his wonderful collection of track videos on youtube. You can find them by putting Leif's name in the search box of youtube. There are over 200 videos of many of our heroes to be seen.
Harold Connolly, Who Beat Odds in Olympics and Romance, Dies at 79
By FRANK LITSKY
Published: August 19, 2010
Connolly’s left arm was injured during birth, and he fractured it 13 times as a child. His left arm grew to be four and a half inches shorter than his right and his left hand two-thirds the size of his right. As he wrote of his childhood in his unpublished memoirs:
“I began to consider myself a reject, chained to a small army of twisted bodies in the hospital waiting room, and responded by trying to ignore my crippled associates. I wanted to push myself into the ‘normal’ society. I was a handicapped person who knows the agony of all-out trying and not accomplishing. They didn’t treat the disabled with dignity then. I couldn’t stand to be treated differently.”
When he won his Olympic gold medal, photographers yelled at him to raise his arms in triumph. He lifted only his right arm.
In 1991, he told The New York Times: “The thought of being patronized made me sick. I wanted to play by the rules, not rules adapted for me because I was disabled.”
The hammer is a 16-pound metal ball attached to a handle by a chain almost four feet long. The thrower spins three or four times in a ring and flings it. What Connolly lacked in arm strength, he made up for with speed and leg power.
Connolly competed in four Olympics, finishing eighth in 1960 (“Too much pressure,” he said) and sixth in 1964 and not qualifying for the final in 1968. In 1972, he finished fifth in the United States trials and failed to make the team.
In an event in which Americans seldom do well, he broke the world record six times, starting with 218 feet 10 inches in 1956 and ending with 233 feet 9 inches in 1965. Now, with improved training, coaching and technique, the record is more than 284 feet.
Connolly won nine United States titles in the hammer throw and three in the indoor 35-pound weight throw. In 1984, he was elected to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. In the 1956 Olympics, wearing ballet shoes for better footing, he won with a throw of 207-3. Years later, he said: “I was emotionally removed from the scene. I knew my life would never be the same. So I was standing there when the other medalists turned toward the flags for the national anthems. They started playing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and I was stupidly still facing the stands, not the flags. I didn’t even hear the anthem.”
Mikhail Krivonosov of the Soviet Union, the world record holder and silver medalist, put his hand on Connolly’s hip, turned him and saved the day.
Earlier at those Olympics, Connolly met Fikotova. A romance ensued, and the next year he went to Prague and received permission from the Czech president to marry her. They were married in three ceremonies there, with a celebration before 40,000 well-wishers.
They were divorced in 1974. In 1975, he married Daniels, who became the coach of Evelyn Ashford and other outstanding runners.
Besides his wife, Connolly is survived by four children from his first marriage: two sons, Mark, of Las Vegas, and Jim, of Marina del Rey, Calif., and two daughters, Merja Connolly Freund of Corona del Mar, Calif., and Nina Southard of Costa Mesa, Calif.; two children from his second marriage: a son, Adam, of Silver Spring, Md., and a daughter, Shannon Podduturi, of Manhattan; a stepson, Bradley Winslow, of San Jose, Calif.; and five grandchildren.
Jim Connolly was the N.C.A.A. decathlon champion for U.C.L.A. in 1987, and Adam Connolly was America’s third-ranked hammer thrower in 1999.
Harold Vincent Connolly was born Aug. 1, 1931, in Somerville, Mass., and raised in Brighton, Mass. He paid his own way to Boston College, where he was a mediocre shot-putter. When he retrieved hammers in practice and threw them back farther than the hammer throwers had thrown them, he was switched.
He graduated in 1953 and later spent 30 years as a high school teacher and vice principal in Santa Monica, Calif., and 11 years as a Special Olympics executive. After retiring in 1999, he became a traveling coach and salesman for the hammer throw and ran the promotional Web site hammerthrow.org.
In 1983, he wrote in The New York Times that he had used anabolic steroids for many years, before they were illegal. He said he did not know if they had helped his performances. A year after he stopped using them, the 250 pounds on his 6-foot frame had dropped to 203. In later years, he opposed the use of steroids.
“I used to think that each athlete should decide for himself whether to use them,” he said. “Now the drugs are out of hand.”
The above link is film of the 400 IH at Rome
Dick Howard was born on August 22, 1935, in
He was a 135 pound running back for the Boys Town varsity football team.
Winner of the Boston Marathon and Enduring Guru of the Sport
One of the great innovators in Track and Field
Olympic Champion in 4 games
We were not able to find any individual pictures of Herman Stokes , however John Bork was kind enough to provide this page of the 1960 Olympic team report that he copied at the LA84 Foundation Library this week on a visit with his college coach George Dales. Herman Stokes can be seen in the upper right corner of this picture next to Bob Soth.
Mr. Stokes was born in Houston, Texas October 16, 1932 and died in Los Angeles January 25, 1998. His Olympic career can be viewed at the link below. He placed 28th in the Triple Jump at the Rome Games. He was in the top five Triple Jumpers in the US from 1957-1963. He was second at the Pan-Am games in 1959. His club affiliation was the Southern California Striders. If any reader is aware of more personal information, please contact the blog at the email address listed at the top of this page.
First 7 foot High Jumper Indoors
This link covers Max's life in a series of clippings from his hometown paper in Warsaw, Indiana.
A lot of readers from the West Coast probably didn't know of this Socal Trojan and US Olympian, Max's Midwest origins. The few times I drove from Dayton to Chicago, I would pass through Ft. Wayne and head west and get off the main road to drive through Warsaw, Indiana just to absorb some of that small town atmosphere. The same can be said of nearby Fairmount, IN, home of James Dean another icon of the 1950's.
5 time Olympian
Willye would compete for the Mayor Daly Youth Foundation team at the Ohio AAU meets in Dayton, OH when I was in high school. Where Willye stood is where it was happenin'. She was one of those persons to whom all eyes turned when she entered a room or stepped on a track.
Ron Zinn's sixth-place in the 1964 Olympic 20 km. walk was one of the top performances in walking for an American at the Olympics. Zinn also won a bronze medal in the event at the 1963 Pan American Games. From 1960-64 he won 12 AAU walk titles over various distances. Zinn was a graduate of the US Military Academy and was sent to Vietnam late in 1964. In July 1965 he was presumed killed in a firefight near Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), although for many years he was listed as MIA. The USATF annually awards the Captain Ron Zinn Memorial Award to the top racewalker of the year.
Personal Best: 20kmW – 1-32:43 (1964).
http://www.virtualwall.org/dz/ZinnRL01a.htm This is the link to Ron's site on the Virtual Wall to honor soldiers who died in Viet Nam. There are testamonials and tributes from his comrades in arms and his family.