George Young

George Young Santa Catalina Island California


Stock #: 776561
Type: Postcard
Era: Real Photo
City: Santa Catalina Island
State: California (CA)
County: Los Angeles
Size: 3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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(1909-1972) Canadian marathon swimmer who on 15–16 January 1927 became the first swimmer to cross the channel between Catalina Island and the mainland of California. This took place during a contest called the Wrigley Ocean Marathon, sponsored by chewing gum and sports magnate William Wrigley, Jr. Young was the only person to complete the 35-kilometer (22 mi) swim, which took him 15 hours and 44 minutes. This feat earned him a prize of $25,000 and the nickname "The Catalina Kid".
From the Darlene Thorne Collection

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