Ray Ewry Olympic Memorabilia
“The Human Frog” 8 Times Olympic Gold Medallist, arguably the most successful Olympian ever – the Master of Standing Jumps.
Ray Ewry (1873 – 1937) born in Indiana USA. Ray was a Track and Field Athlete who won 10 Gold Medals, 8 at the Olympic Games and 2 at the Intercalated Games in 1906 in Athens. Ray Ewry Olympic Memorabilia is sought after on both sides of the Atlantic and is regarded as a prized asset in any portfolio.
Michael Phelps having achieved 9 Olympic Medals in individual events still holds the overall record.
Ray, who contracted Polio as a child fought the illness with continual leg strengthening, jumping exercises, which enabled him to walk again, it may well be this regime of exercise that helped him become a Champion Standing Jumper. Ray attended the prestigious Purdue University Lafayette, Indiana in 1890, he studied Mechanical Engineering whilst Captain of the Track team, becoming a member of the Sigma Nu Fratern society. It is significant to note that renowned USA sprinterWilma Rudolph Triple Gold Medallist at Rome in the 1960 Summer Games also overcame this debilitating ailment
In 1890 Ray 6’3” by now, led the school to a long awaited track title; competing in the State Championship later that year he achieved wins in the Standing Broad Jump and the Standing and Running High Jumps. On graduation from Purdue Ray relocated to New York City where he put his ME degree to good use carrying out various Civil Eng. Works.
In 1899 Ray joined the New York Athletic Club, where he was selected for the 1900 Paris Olympics, following incredible performances in the standing high jump, standing long jump and standing triple jump the awestruck French spectators christened him the “human frog”. Ray won all 3 standing jumps at the Games. He walked away the winner of 3 Gold Medals.
Incidentally Swimming events took place in the River Seine sometimes against the tide; Cricket was a listed event along with Croquet, Tug of War and Live Pigeon shooting.
Ray Ewry Olympic Memorabilia is rare and therefore sought after by collectors, 04,06,08 Olympic Games would be welcome additions as would London 1908, only occasionally are authentic items offered for sale at the popular Auction Houses Knights, Bonham’s, Leski for example.
Items that would be of interest include: Committee Reports, Tickets, Badges, Participation Medals/pins, Booklets, Rules and Regulations, Plaques, Pocket Watches, Autographs, Real Photo Postcards (printed pre 1924) and much more…….
The 1904 St Louis Olympic Games saw Ray repeat his Paris performance and take a further 3 Gold Medal plus a World Record in the standing long jump.
1906 he competed in the 10th Anniversary Athens Olympics winning 2 Gold Medals.
In 1908 at the Olympiad London Ray won a further 2 Gold Medals.
Following his 1908 triumphs Ray returned to New York and in his unassuming way put his ME capabilities to good use on a number of Civil Engineering projects.
Ray was honoured by the following institutions:
Elected to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1973.
Elected to the US Olympic Hall of Fame 1983.
His Olympic Achievements are listed below:
3 Gold 1900 Paris Olympic Games: Standing High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump.
3 Gold 1904 St Louis Olympic Games: Standing High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump.
2 Gold 1908 London Olympic Games: Standing High Jump, Long Jump.
2 Gold 1906 Athens, Standing High Jump, Long Jump.
I recently wrote an article called “Rare Autographs Real or Fake” I would strongly recommend prospective on line purchasers read this, as it may help you avoid the many pitfalls encountered when purchasing Memorabilia.
Collecting Olympic Memorabilia in all classes can be a great hobby or small business; I wish you luck with your collecting.
Let me know how you get on?