|Jack Keller , Ohio State U.|
Pete Brown in Plano, TX sent us an article from today's Wall Street Journal, March 1, 2017 by Bob Greene. Mr. Greene mentions that the recent Academy Award bungled presentation of Best Picture to La La Land that had to be withdrawn and given to Moonlight reminded him of a similar incident in the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles when Ohio State athlete, Jack Keller, was announced to have finished in third place in the 110 meter HH and subsequently it was found by photo timing that he had really finished fourth. Having already been presented his medal, Keller was told to go to the Olympic village and seek out the third place winner Donald Finlay of Great Britain and hand over the medal. This may have been easier to do last week as La La Land had already won five awards that night.
|Finlay striking a hurdle pose on his Spitfire|
Greene remarked on the grace of Jordan Horowitz, producer of La La Land in turning over the Academy Award to the rightful winners of Best Picture.
|Horowitz handing over the trophy to Barry Jenkins|
"Marquette sprinter Ralph Metcalfe poses with hurdlers Jack Keller (Ohio State) and George Saling (University of Iowa), and middle-distance runner Glenn Cunningham (University of Kansas) at the NCAA championship meet at the University of Chicago. The NCAA meet also served as the semi-finals for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, and each of these athletes earned a spot on the 1932 U.S. Olympic team. Each had just established a new NCAA record, or tied or set a new world record." picture text from Marquette University Archives
Image courtesy Marquette University Archives. Image No.: MUA_RM_00018
What about number two in that Los Angeles hurdles race? Percy Beard
Later head track coach at U. of Florida
Any coincidence? Two major flubs, both in Los Angeles? If you are wondering whether Steve Harvey's 2015 blunder in mispresenting the Miss Universe winner was in L.A. it wasn't, it was in Las Vegas.