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The Touchdown Club of Washington, DC was founded by a group of college football enthusiasts in 1935. "Dutch" Bergman, ex-Notre Dame running back with "The Gipper," Football Coach of Catholic University's successful team, and later Manager of RFK Stadium, served as the Club's first President. The Club sponsored weekly luncheons featuring well-known football figures. Later, the Club held dinners that drew sports celebrities from all over the country. These functions became immediately popular with Washington's sports-hungry public, and Club membership grew to over 1,200. Since its founding over 60 years ago, The Touchdown Club's interests have broadened, and legends of all sports, not just football, are now honored. The Timmie Awards began with a formal dinner at the historic Willard Hotel in 1937. Over 400 guests filled the large ballroom to see All-American Quarterback Marshall Goldberg honored as Best Player of the Year. During the ensuing six decades, the club's dinner awards programs honored more than 200 outstanding college players and hundreds of professional athletes. Sports Illustrated has said that The Timmies is the "grandaddy of all sports awards banquets." In 1976, the Touchdown Club presented special awards of the century. This is the impressive figural trophy with a Timmie Award plaque reading "Bicentennial Sports Tribute - 'Athlete of the Century' Horse Racing, January 17, 1976" - "Eddie Arcaro," presented by the prestigious club to jockey Eddie Arcaro. It measures 16-1/2"-tall, 7-1/2" x 7-1/2" at the base, and recognizes Arcaro as the jockey of the century. There is some wear throughout, the strap on the helmet is missing, and the top figure is slightly loose. Apparent EX. The Touchdown Timmie Awards given to John Havlicek, Red Auerbach and Angelo Dundee are offered elsewhere within this auction. LOA from Bobby Arcaro, son of the Hall of Fame jockey.
1976 Eddie Arcaro "Horse Racing Athlete of the Century" Timmie Award
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