|Phil Scott with a pair of early Lydiards|
Funny but 2 days ago I was clearing out some stuff, including some old T shirts, to see if I had anything the US Olympic Archivist could use in the collection she maintains. I figured they would only want medal
winners or "name" athletes but she seemed interested that I had a complete USA sweat top, sweat bottoms, competition running singlet and running shorts from the 1960 Games in Rome. I also found
a T shirt from the 1959 Pan Am Games, a T shirt from the 1963 Pan Am Games and a fairly decent
T shirt from 1960. I plan on taking all the "junk", ahhhh, outfits down to the USOC office next week.
Editor's note: this email from Ernie is going to break the hearts of a lot of collectors of track memorabilia, but as I've discerned over the years in corresponding with Ernie, it would not be his way to sell something of that importance. Where others might exploit their fame, Ernie is not one who pounds his chest to extol his deeds or make financial gain. When he tells his stories, it is not in an egoistic manner, but more in, I might have done better, or wow, that other guy sure ran a hell of a race against me. I'm currently reading Kenny Moore's book Bowerman and the Men of Oregon, and in it Kenny quotes Dyrol Burleson after running the first sub 4:00 mile at Hayward Field. It is well known that Ernie set the pace for that race. Here is what Moore relates,
"...it was the crowns that mattered, not the times. After his seemingly effortless 3:58.6 against
Stanford's Cunliffe, fans couldn't help asking how fast he (Burleson) would have run if he'd blasted
off with half a lap to go instead of 100 yards. (The world record was Herb Elliott's 3:54.5.) 'It
doesn't matter, ' Burleson would say and mean it. ' I don't run for time. I run to win. That mile
was a credit to two men, and I'm not one of them. It was a credit to Bill (Bowerman) for preparing
me so well and a credit to Ernie for setting such a tough pace.' "
Well, done Ernie, in turning over those items to a place where they may be cataloged, preserved and displayed in the future.
John Bork's T Shirts
This club patch also from South Africa came from an Oklahoma teammate in 1961. Brian Du Plessis was a 48 sec. 440 runner, but more notably was a Springbok Junior, ie a member of the national junior rugby team. He gave me his running vest which I kept for years and saved the patch when I 'outgrew' the vest. The initials stand for Krugersdorp Athletics and Sports Club. Ernie, we both knew DuPlessis athletes. The family name is not uncommon in South Africa. Probably from the French Hugenot settlers who came to South Africa in the 18th century via Holland. George Brose