Tag: Bill Hastings

Race Invitations, Then And Now

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Nowadays, top swimmers are invited to race by event directors via email or mobile devices. But in the previous century, snail mail delivered the good news to athletes. In a letter dated September 16th 1926, Shier Mendelson was personally invited to the 1927 Wrigley Ocean Marathon which read in part,

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George Young In 1924

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. George Young was recently inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Open Water Swimmer. Young burst upon the international scene when he won the January 15th 1927 Wrigley Ocean Marathon across the Catalina Channel, but he was a fast and accomplished swimmer throughout his teenage

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