Category Archives: Amateur Women’s Track & Field

Evelyne Ruth Hall: Up from Poverty to Olympic Glory: Essay by Robert Pruter

Evelyne Hall represents the great achievement of Chicago’s parks, churches, and athletic clubs that helped lift her out of a life of desperate poverty, debilitating illness, and ill education to become healthy, educated, and one of America’s outstanding female athletes and an Olympic star. Continue reading

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Betty Robinson: The Face of Chicago Women’s Track and Field; Essay By Robert Pruter

Betty Robinson became one of the famous athletes, male or female, to come out of Chicago between the wars, by virtue of her becoming America’s and the world’s first Olympic female gold medal winner in track and field, cementing her legacy to this day. Continue reading

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Helen Bina, Preeminent Chicago Playgrounds Product and National Champion Speedskater; Essay by Robert Pruter

Helen Bina was one of the great female champions in speedskating, winning the prestigious Silver Skates Derby in Chicago, the United States National women’s championship, and being selected as one of five American female racers who competed at the Olympic Games at Lake Placid in a demonstration sport contest with Canada. Continue reading

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Annette Rogers: The Overlooked Chicago Olympian; Essay by Robert Pruter

Annette Rogers, a world class jumper and sprinter, won two gold medals in the Olympic Games, in 1932 and 1936, each time as a member of the winning United States 400-meter relay team, but has never achieved the renowned she warranted. Continue reading

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Violet Krubaeck: A Remarkable Chicago Athlete in Basketball, Softball, and Track and Field; Essay by Robert Pruter

Violet Krubaeck’s stellar amateur career exemplifies how the sport institutions of the Chicago–the churches, the parks, and the clubs–together helped develop her into a great basketball, softball, and track champion. Continue reading

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Helen Filkey: How Missing the Olympics Crushed Her Dream of Track and Field Immortality; Essay by Robert Pruter

Helen Filkey was Chicago’s first great female track and field champion, setting national and world records from when she first entered sport in 1923 until her retirement in 1931. Continue reading

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Tidye Pickett: African American Olympic Track and Field Pioneer; Essay by Robert Pruter

Olympian Tidye Pickett exemplifies pioneering achievement for the African American athlete and for black America in general, her athletic breakthroughs that would eventually lead to the post-Civil Rights era of almost full legal and significant social integration into American society. Continue reading

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Nan Gindele: Chicago’s Star of Track and Field and Softball; Essay by Robert Pruter

Nan Gindele was an Olympian, a national javelin throw champion and three time baseball throw champion, and a member of two national championship softball teams. Continue reading

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Dorothy “Boots” Klupping: The Face of Early Chicago Women’s Softball; Essay by Robert Pruter

Dorothy Klupping, an ace pitcher in the Chicago women softball leagues, was a nationally famous star in the early years of women’s softball. Continue reading

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Catherine Fellmuth: An Unknown Great Multi-Sports Athlete; Essay by Robert Pruter

Unheralded sportswoman Catherine Fellmuth probably surpassed the great Babe Didrikson in all-around athletic achievement. Continue reading

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