A few days ago, Mike Solomon, U. of Kansas, sent me a note about a long forgotten southern California sprinter named Eddie Morris. Mike had been reminiscing with his old high school buddies about Eddie who was one of the top sprinters in the US in 1940, hampered by injury, then WW II and Korea from fulfilling his dreams of track and field glory. Here is his story as reported in the L.A. Times by Barbie Ludovise February 13, 1988, followed by a link to his obituary. Thanks, Mike
This picture courtesy of Russ Reabold of Trojan Force
Eddie Morris’ Dash to Fame Came Quickly at Huntington Beach
Another newspaper article from Trojan Force which I was unable to successfully download describes a dual meet in which Eddie Morris participated against Fresno State. He placed second in the 100 yard dash to Payton Jordan whose time was 9.7. Jordan was running for the Southern California Athletic Association. Eddie won the unusual distance of 140 yards in 13.2. My guess is this was run out of the hurdles chute and they didn't have a full 220 yard straightaway. As stated in the first article, Eddie Morris never really blossomed at USC due to his injury while running his freshman year at Santa Ana JC. Then WWII caught up with him.
Eddie passed away in Vancouver, Washington in 2002. Here is his obituary link: