Harry Hillman of Dartmouth

Harry_HillmanI have Harry Hillman’s scrapbook, which he started in 1899 and kept adding until about 1910 or so. Plus when Glenn Cunningham ran a 4:04:04 indoor mile, on a course designed by Coach Hillman at Dartmouth’s Alumni Gym, he added that lone free clipping as well, about 1932.

I have a file on my notes and research, including some letters from Dr. Donald Burnham, who was coached by Hillman and was a national champion miler for the Indians (The Big Green we would say, today).

I also wrote about Gunder Hagg, who Hillman trained with, according to Burnham.

I thought of all this today after meeting Aaron Vanderhoof yesterday, who made a bronze tribute to his friend Eric Martinez. I wrote about earlier.

I have another photo or two in my file that I can “swede” in.

Above is something borrowed from crowd-sources.

I also just posted a comment on a woman’s blog, and her version of Hillman-Robertson.

Someday we will hear that today’s athletes finally bested the 1909 result in which Harry Hilman and Lawson Robertson ran 100 yards in 11.0 flat, while their legs tied together. Don’t try this at home unless you are already national-class and have hours to train with a partner, the way that Harry and Lawson did.


About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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