Last lap of the Tokyo 10,000 1964 live TV
The Edited Tokyo 64 Version
This clip is 2 min 14 seconds. It covers the race as it was seen on TV. If you clik on the next link, a second film comes up; covering the race from the Japanese film on the 64 Olympics. It is in color and better photography, but of course Dick Bank was not on their team.
That day I was in the TV lounge on the second floor at Jefferson House on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. Billy wasn't a Sooner, but we knew who he was. He was from our conference, the Big 8.
He had PR'd in the first 5,000 meters of that 10,000 meter race. He became the fourth Jayhawk in recent times to win an Olympic medal in track and field. The others were Al Oerter, Bill Neider, and Cliff Cushman. Bill Griffin, a sprinter on our team and a member of the Kiowa First Nation was staring in disbelief. He knew Billy, a Lakota Sioux from the numerous times the Sooners and Jayhawks ran against each other every year, in dual meets indoors, outdoors and cross country. They were brothers of the first order. I want to believe that there were tears in my eyes that afternoon.
Dick Bank though made that race indelible in our minds with his enthusiasm and willingness to take the risk to step in front of the talking heads and tell it like it was. It eventually cost him his job, but I don't believe he ever grieved for one moment his decision to fill the void. The only other person who can compare in telling this tale is Billy Mills. If you ever have a chance to hear him.....don't miss the opportunity.
I once called Dick Bank on a whim, to get some information on the location of some track legend. He was skeptical for a few moments with this cold caller. I was afraid he would hang up on me. But he warmed up very quickly coming up with some obscure track trivia related to my school, who the coach was and his placing in the NCAA meet in the polevault in 1949. I thought he had an incredibly fast computer, but he didn't use computers, he used his brain to store all those numbers and stories. I learned too that if Dick did not know the information that I was seeking, there was only one other human to contact, Ron Morris.
Yes, we've lost two legends this week with Harry and Dick, oh jeez did I say that? I hope you guys are entertaining the daylights out of each other in heaven or hell or somewhere in between.
Tom Trumpler brought this story to our attention this afternoon. It is the obit from the L.A. Daily News by Scott Reid, this 25th day of February, 2020. I have not attempted to edit this piece as you will see in the first line. George Brose
Oh gosh, sobbing over the Billy Mills victory! Thanks so much for that. Will write more soon; all's well. Good winter so far with my horse at a new winter quarters. "Track legends" photos still languishing on my to-do list. Soon(er or later) Grace Butcher
2:44 PM (2 minutes ago)