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An accompanying copy of an 1880 New York Times article sets the long-ago scene: “Boston, May 22 - The university athletic meeting, on Jarvis Field, Cambridge, this afternoon, was the best ever held by the Harvard Athletic Association. Not only were the events well contested, but several of the best previous Harvard records were beaten. The spectators numbered fully 1,500, half of whom were ladies. For the 13 events there were 48 entries, and the performance showed careful preparation…For the quarter-mile run there were six entries…Wendell broke away from the others, and breasted the tape in 0:53-1/2, the best Harvard record."
Wendell's award consists of a 2-1/2” ribbon and 1-3/8” medallion. The “FIRST PRIZE” pinback portion is imprinted on the reverse “SHREVE CRUMP GLOW / BOSTON,” and the remaining text reads, “1/4 Mile / AEQUO PEDE PULSANDA TELLUS H.A.A. / Won by Ebert J. Wendell / 82 / May 22, 1880 / Time 53 1/2 Seconds.” VG to VG/EX condition.
1880 Harvard Athletic Association "1/4 Mile" First Prize Medal - Ebert F. Wendell
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