Ray Ewry

Ray Ewry Maximum Cards


Stock #: 235728
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
Publisher: Unicover corp
Postmark: 1990 Jul-6
PM City: Minneapolis
PM State: MN
Stamp: 25c
Size: 4" x 5.75" (10.25 x 15 cm)

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First Day of Issue: July 6, 1990; First Issue Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota. Though Ray Ewry (1873-1937) competed in the Olympics four times during his track and field career, perhaps his biggest obstacle came much earlier in life when he was stricken with childhood polio. Given little chance of survival, he was placed on a strict exercise program and responded beautifully. After overcoming the deadly disease, he went on to a distinguished career as an athlete at Purdue University. In 1900, he entered the Olympic Games in Paris, taking gold medals in the Standing high jump, standing long jump and standing triple jump. In the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, he won three more gold medals, competing in the same events. At the 1906 Athens Olympics, Ewry again rose to the top, winning gold medals in the standing long and high jumps. Finally, in his last Olympic appearance at the 1908 London games Ewry won top honors again in standing long and high jumps. In all, Ewry earned ten gold medals, a mark which still stands as the most awarded any athlete