1927 - Newspaper Articles
Glendale is Proud of Her Star Sprinters
Spring 1927: "Wykoff Loses to
S.C. Star" Frank Wykoff, a Junior in High School competes against
University Star Sprinter, Charlie Borah.
May 7, 1927: Wykoff's
"World Mark Is Refused Because of Wind!" -- article written by: Harry Culver
May 9, 1927: "Glendale's
Four Horsemen Gallop Back Home With State Track Trophy" Glendale High
School's Athletic team walks away with the State Title & Trophy.
Wykoff Leads Powerful Team From Glendale -- and reprint of an article by
1928 - Newspaper Articles
May - 1928:
Newspaper photo and short article
"The King and Two
The King was Charley Paddock, and the two rebels are Frank
Wykoff and Frank Lombardi.
May - 1928: Newspaper article reprint written by
sportswriter, Braven Dyer. Wykoff who is
"peeved" at Paddock for forecasting that he would not make the Olympic
team, goes into hiding to
secretly practice his strategy to "humble Paddock."
June - 1928: Newspaper Photo of Coach Norm Hayhurst and Frank
shortly after Frank Wykoff vanquished Charley Paddock at the Olympic Regional
trails; and earned a ticket to the Olympic Finals in New York. Reprint
of a short article entitled: "The Two Happiest
Men In the World". (added
June - 1928: Action shot from Los Angeles
Examiner of Nate George who
came in third at the Olympic Semi-Final trials held in Los Angeles, CA. on
6-16-28. (added 8-24-03)
June - 1928: Reprint:
Charley Paddock (?King Features) wrote an article en route to the
Olympic Finals to be held at Harvard Stadium in Massachusetts entitled:
"Paddock Lauds Wykoff As Sprinter" after Frank
Wykoff earned national attention in the sports world after stealing away
Paddock's title of being the World's "Fastest Human."
June - 1928: Frank Wykoff & Coach Hayhurst
must both prove that they are Citizens of USA
"Glendale, California Police to the Rescue"
(1928) En-route to the Olympic Finals, Wykoff discovers that he left his running
shoes behind. The Glendale Police chase down his train for three miles,
and hurl his suitcase to the observation plank. (article written
by Terri Wykoff)
July, 1928: Reprint of a newspaper article
As Good As Our Greatest" written by Arthur Duffey who interviewed Frank
Wykoff following OLYMPIC tryout finals held in Boston, Massachusetts July
Column by sportswriter Arthur Duffey
WYKOFF TO WIN!
(1928 Olympic Finals -
The "Headlines -- Olympic Finals 1928"
Star Athletes featured (images) were Arthur W. Sager, Frank
Wykoff, Roland Locke, Folwell Scull, Hank Russell,
Jackson Scholz, Claude Bracey, Chet Bowman, Bob
McAllister, Jimmy Quinn, Virgil Gist, Ray Watson,
John F. Sittig, Russell Chapman, and Edward Hamm.
July, 1928: 7-07-28 - "How
(Harvard) Stadium Looked (7-07-28) ..."
July, 1928: Reprint: Sports Editor
"Don" - speculated who from the west coast would win the
big 1928 Olympic final try-outs held at Harvard Stadium --
Massachusetts the same day that his column "Now I'll Tell You One" was published.
Top candidates expected to wipe out the 100M and 200M eastern track contenders
included: Frank Wykoff; Charley Paddock, Charles Borah, Clyde Bracey, Hank
Russell. Other picks included Russ Slocum, Frank Lombardi, and Nate
July, 1928: "Wonder Boy (Frank Wykoff) Wins Sprint --
Equals World's 100-Metre Record of 10 3-5 Four Times" Boston Post - article by
sports editor, Roger Birtwell.
is captured on film and makes headlines after he equaled the Olympic
record 4 times in one day to earn a ride to Amsterdam to represent the
U.S.A. in the 1928 Olympics.
July 22, 1928:
"Olympic Dash Marks Topped By Stock Car"
- Los Angeles Examiner -- "Paddock and Wykoff Outdone."
Durant-Star, Put Through Its Paces on Coliseum Track by Harold Kaiser, Sets
Records in 100M, 200M, and 400M - beating out Human sprint records.
July 29, 1928: Reprint of Newspaper Article
-- Des Moines Register written by Vernon E. Whaley - entitled:
"Frank Wykoff got his Start Toward Athletic Fame Running Errands Here"--
describes how Frank Wykoff as a young boy ... Copied
the style of Charlie Paddock, and then defeated him 8 years
July - 1928: Associated
Press Article (scanned) -- entitled: "Nation
May Protest Running of Paddock" regarding 1928 Olympics.
July - 1928: "Stowaways" aboard the
S. S. Roosevelt en-route to Amsterdam - Four USA Athletes who did not make the
1928 USA Olympic Team decided not to be left behind.
(article restored 4-04-05)
July 1928: "USA Olympic Team Confined to a Floating Hotel"
after ship is docked at Amsterdam. (1928)
August, 1928: Newspaper Photograph of
"Parade Of Olympic Teams
at 1928 Olympics - USA Does not dip its' flag"
August 13, 1928: Reprint:
Newspaper article with photographs of Frank Wykoff &
Percy Williams headlined ..."Wykoff and Williams
-- Future Intercollegiate Rivals?"
"Olympic Star Scintillates On
article by: Munro Kezer - Fort Collins,
Colorado. Frank Wykoff visits old classmate, Lucille Brentman after his
return from Amsterdam.
September 4, 1928:
"Conquering Hero Returns" -- Full page Glendale
News-Press presentation bestowing honor to Frank
Wykoff upon his return from his participation in the
1928 Olympics at Amsterdam entitled: "Welcome Home Frank, Glendale Is Proud of You..."
has been scanned and reprinted.
through -- It's Frank's Turn Now!"
declared Paddock at Olympic Homecoming of Frank Wykoff from Amsterdam.
September, 1928: Wykoff writes own story on his
"Rise To Fame" in the
Glendale Community College newsletter.
September, 1928: Reprint --
Frank Wykoff Attends Glendale Jr. College.
Exciting article appeared in the Glendale Jr. College newsletter concerning the
athletic achievements of Frank Wykoff dating back to 1927; and the little
published behind the scenes story of the unbelievable hardships placed on all of
the athletes during the 1928 Olympics held in Amsterdam, Holland.
1929 - Newspaper Articles
Early, 1929 -
Great Athletes - By Sid Ziff, Sports Editor.
Frank Wykoff is one of nine Southern California athletes
whom Sports Editor, Sid Ziff, named as a great athlete in 1929.
Newspaper Photographs of star athletes include: Frank Wykoff, Charles
Borah, John Kuck, Charley Paddock, Capt. Jesse Hibbs, Morley Drury,
Morton Kaer, George Von Elm, and Bud Houser.
3-31-29: Frank Wykoff
was featured in photographs demonstrating his famous sprinting
positions in the article below entitled--
"Junior Olympic Games" published
Los Angeles Times.
Boyd Comstock was the
(1929) The names of Fred Kelly, Charley Paddock,
(Howard?) Drew, Lee Barnes, Bud Houser, and Charley Borah
are highlighted in a caricature of
Coach Dean Cromwell by an artist named Buel in a newspaper
named "Bee." (added 8-31-04)
May 5, 1929:
Dark Horse Winner In Weird
Contest Sprinters should never
look back -- or else they may lose the race -- as what happened to
Frank Wykoff, national 100-yard champion, on May 5, 1929.
Article written by Don Ashbaugh, News-Press sports editor.
June, 1929: "Starting Blocks
Are Bunk" Declared Wykoff After Practice With Them." Article
written by Don Ashbaugh
I'll Tell One" - by sports columnist DON wrote about Starting
Blocks and how Frank Wykoff just has to beat George Simpson who holds
the 9.4s record in the 100 yard dash -- but used starting blocks to
attain it. (added 11-12-03)
June 12, 1929: A.
A. U. Disputes Foot Props - "A.A.U. May Rule Against
Foot Bracers." Article written by Lawrence Perry
June, 1929: A. A. U.
announced that starting
"Blocks Will Not Be Used By Sprinters."
"A A U Bars Starting
Blocks from the Denver 1929 Meet" -- Article written by
Lawrence Perry (added
June, 1929: Newspaper article
Us Fine' Declared Wykoff And Coach When Starting Blocks Barred" Article written by Don Ashbaugh
June, 1929: Newspaper Article
Blocks For Century Men Debated"
"Now I'll Tell
One" by DON - Columnist described eastern time keepers vs.
western time keepers, and compared foot props used in a race the same
as using drugs -- both are allegedly artificial stimulators.
July, 1929: Coast's
Mighty Track Men Defend Title
-- 1929 A.A.U. National Championship Denver,
Colorado (July 3 - 5, 1929)-- newspaper photographs
of Henry Brix, Frank Wykoff, Jimmy Demers, Charley Paddock, Ray Conger,
Russell Sweet, and Leo Lermond. (added 5-21-04)
Series of newspaper
photographs with blurbs -- Frank Wykoff, Leo Lermond, Ken Doherty,
Albers, Haynes, Mauer, Paddock, Roll, Proudlock, Grumbles and Welsh are featured in a live
by E. O. Eisenhand of the Denver Post
staff during the 1929 A. A. U. National Championship Track meet held in Denver,
Colorado July 3-5. (added 11-30-04)
July, 1929 - Percy
Hopes For A New Record "(Assoc. Press)
July, 1929 - Newspaper article reprinted
First in Race" - sports writer, Bill Barnett, reported
that Olympic Champion, Percy Williams of Canada, planned to
move to Los Angeles.
July, 1929 -
King to Find Throne (Percy Williams)
July, 1929 -
Eddie Tolan is named the new 1929
A.A.U. Champion in both the 100 & 220 yard dash - Denver, Colorado.
Page includes newspaper action shots and a reprint of a newspaper article
Lacks Reserve." (Added
July, 1929: News Article:
"Americans Robbed" -
Controversial Vancouver Track Meet concerning three star sprinters who all
believed they came in first. Athletes in question were: Frank Wykoff;
Percy Williams; and Eddie Tolan.(1929)
Newspaper photo of
Frank Wykoff, Eddie Tolan, and Percy Williams
clutching hands on July 13, 1929 in agreement that the choice of the
judges decision was correct in the most controversial race in the life
of Frank Wykoff.
July, 1929: Portion of an article with many photographs
entitled: "Olympic Games Here in
1932." Source is unknown.
1930 - Newspaper Articles
5-10-30 Newspaper articles added
to AAU Occidental College Track Meet
5-19-30 News article:
- Stanford Meet - Dyer - Wykoff dead heat --220 yard
6-11-30 Iowa Newspaper
article written by: Ted Ashby: "FORMER
DES MOINES BOY HAS MANY TROPHIES" has been copied and
reprinted for easier reading. After setting a new world
record in the 100 yard dash (6-7-30), Frank Wykoff visited
relatives in the city of Des Moines, Iowa where he was born
and is interviewed.
6-16-30 Wykoff certified into the All
American Record of Track and Field
Newspaper photo and article - Frank Wykoff is declared the
"Fastest Human" and "King" of the Cinder path -- in setting a new world record in the 100 yard dash
June, 1930: Newspaper article entitled
"New Queens & Kings"
featured Frank Wykoff, Helene Madison, Herman Brix, and Stella Walsh.
8-11-30 International Newsreel Photo
- Wykoff , Russell Sweet, and
Les Hables race at a Picnic in San Francisco prior to
Wykoff breaking his ankle.
(added 5-13 -04)
1931 - Newspaper Articles
May 17, 1931: Reprinted article by
Braven Dyer of the Los Angeles Times entitled: "Two
World Records that Generate Thrills" concerning a USC vs. Stanford
track race on May 17, 1931 includes the accomplished results of competitors:
Aebersold, Dick Barber, Berry, Brugman, Earl Callahan, Kenneth
Churchill, Crawford, Hector Dyer, Ben Eastman, Vic Fitzmaurice,
Gardner, Bill Graber, Al Hables, Bob Hall, Cliff Halstead, Bill
McGeagh, Milton Mauer, Ted Meredith, Spud Mossman,
Nesbit, Ernie Payne, Ches Unruh, Frank Wykoff, and Vic Williams.
Also mentioned were: Coach Dean Cromwell, Charles William Paddock and
Coach Dink Templeton.
First lights at Coliseum in L.A.
and Wykoff vanquished Percy Williams of Canada
Wykoff & Olympic Swimmer Olive Hatch
in a 1932 Olympic promotion. Reprint of a newspaper article
announcing that Wykoff was elected as Monarch of the pre-Olympics
Pageant & Water Sports held at Hermosa Beach, CA
Wykoff & Olive Hatch promote the 1932 Olympic theme poster that appeared in the
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner on August 20, 1972.
1932 - Newspaper Articles
Downhearted Wykoff's Dream of
in the 1932 Olympics internet article written by Terri Wykoff 2003
1933 - Newspaper Articles
9-33: NEW Article by George T. Davis -
Ambitious in Plans" described Frank Wykoff's new career as
an athletic coach at Moran School for boys at Atascadero, CA.
1934 - Newspaper Articles
Frank Wykoff in Ripley's Believe it or Not
- World Record 8.7s in Flying Start.
6-10-34 Excerpt from Los Angeles Times on 6-09-34 on Frank Wykoff's
participation in the
Pentathlon Program -
"Dash Ace Runs Race in 8.7s"
1935 - Newspaper Articles
"Mannish Girls, Bah!" (1935) -- Controversial newspaper article concerning F. Wykoff's Lecture to the
Ladies Athletic Association encouraging young ladies to leave Track & Field
sports to the men.
1936 - Newspaper Articles
COMEBACK of Frank C. Wykoff - 1936
competition. Page has action shots in progression of the race. Photographs
by Frank Bentley.
"For Sake of Sport" -- by
George T. Davis - Wykoff's comeback is described. The writer was
amazed that Wykoff chose his Jr. High coach to train under rather than Coach
5-20-36: Pre-Olympic Race - 1936
- Wykoff Defeats Draper and Boone
Wykoff - Slated as 1936 USA Flag Bearer Sports Editor George T.
Davis recaps Wykoff's entire Athletic Career in this 1936 Article.
"Dig Into Your Pockets" article written by sports
writer, Frederick Graham, who sought monetary contributions
to be applied toward
the traveling expenses of Frank Wykoff -- winner of the
100 yard dash in the Olympic semi-finals so that he
could compete at the
Olympic finals at Randall's Island, New York.
(Poynton) Hill Was Not Over The Hill Reprint of excerpt of "Muscle Bound With Frederick Graham" 7-11-36 -
Glendale News-Press. Sports Columnist Editor, Frederick Graham published
an apology to two time (1928 & 1932) Olympic High Dive Champion, Dorothy Hill, for wrongly
predicting that she would not make the 1936 American Olympic Team.
7-11-36: Reprint of column by
on day of Olympic Finals believed Wykoff was out of the race, and later
surprised that Wykoff got another chance
at competition in the "race of leftovers" and made the 1936 USA
Olympic Team. (added 2-17-04)
7-11-36: Newspaper photograph of the 100 meter
race at the Olympic Finals at Randall's
Island, N.Y. 1936 include action shots of
Jesse Owens, Ralph Metcalfe, Frank
Wykoff, Sam Stoller, and
Marty Glickman. (added 2-17-04)
Olympic Financial Woes - 1936 sports Editor
Frederick Graham (added
Column ..."For What It's Worth" in which he made
concerning who would be
bringing home the Gold to the USA.
Newman centers much of his column on the skills of
Jesse Owens, and comments on other star athletes
including: Frank Wykoff, Ben Eastman, John Woodruff,
Foy Draper, Ralph Metcalfe, Cornelius Johnson, Dave
Albritton, Earle Meadows, Bill Sefton,
7-15-36: United Press
newspaper photo and article: "Largest Squad in History Shoves Off For Berlin and Huge Games": USA
Athletes aboard SS Manhattan en-route to Olympics 1936
"Harmony Amongst Athletes"
Newspaper photo and write-up about Wykoff, Owens, and Ralph Metcalfe
training aboard the S.S. Manhattan En-route to Berlin.
July, 1936: While Aboard S.S. Manhattan
page highlights a reprint of an article written by
sports Editor, Frederick Graham, who described the final
results of the 100 Meter Track and Field Event at the
1936 Olympics held at Berlin. Mr. Graham also
included a reprint of a personal letter that Frank
Wykoff wrote to him aboard the S. S. Manhattan en-route
to Berlin dated July 17, 1936.
August, 1936: Wykoff
"His spiked shoes have left indelible prints" Edited
reprint - columnist
George T. Davis "For Sake of Sports. "(added
"Owens Great, says Wykoff" - Wykoff writes
his parents from Olympic Village
USA 400 Meter Relay (Wykoff-Draper-Metcalfe-Owens)
team (Berlin - 1936)
August, 1936: "Frankie
(Wykoff) Gains Six Meters During Anchor"- Newspaper (Berlin - 1936)
"Speed Their Business"
-- Newspaper photo -
Wykoff, Draper, Metcalfe, and
Athletes 1936 Olympics" page contains an
reprint of a column entitled 'For Sake of Sport' written
by George T. Davis that recapped star athletes
performances at the
1936 Olympics held in Berlin, Germany. Those
highlighted in the article include: Jesse Owens,
Johnny Woodruff, U.S.C. Coach Dean Cromwell,
Ken Carpenter, Archie
Jack Parker, and
Glendale Greets Olympic Athletes
(1936) Edited reprint of newspaper article.
Wykoff - Thurber Honored Reprint of a Newspaper Article.
"THE SAGA OF
an article written by Ted
Hasapes has been reprinted for easier reading. The
actual article has been scanned and included. The year
of the article is approximately 1959. Mr. Hasapes
reflects back into time of Frank Wykoff's early athletic
accomplishment -- as well as into the present life of Frank
Wykoff, who at this time is the Director of
Specials Schools in the County of Los Angeles, California.
Flashback - 30 Years Later
article written by: Maxwell
Stiles -- Los Angeles Examiner - The "Flashback - 30 Years Later" page
features Olympic Champion, Frank Wykoff, director of ten county special
schools in Los Angeles, who is interviewed concerning his thirtieth
anniversary since he first defeated his childhood idol, Charles Paddock --
and also named his top foes during his victorious athletic years 1928-1936 .
1968: NEW ARTICLE (reprint) -
Photographs by Larry Bartlett - Article by Jack Levitan - Post-Advocate Sports
Writer - "Wykoff: track
great looks fondly back" . Levitan published a summary of Frank
Wykoff's athletic life and pursuits up to the then up-coming 1968 Olympics.
1970: NEW -- Kenny Washington -
UCLA Football Great! 1970 El Gordo Newsletter article headlined ...
"Down Memory Lane" highlighted the physical plight of Kenny Washington --
who was suffering from a muscular disease, and also spotlighted Frank Wykoff's
athletic achievements. (added 10-13-05)
While visiting Spain,
Frank Wykoff was interviewed by Phillip Jerome concerning the
improvements made in track & field since 1936 -- including smoother
running tracks, and the use of starting blocks that help to increase the
speed of sprinters.
"For A Former Super Speedster, The Memories Linger On."
Newspaper article (1972) Wykoff's memories of the 1932 Olympics.
Article written by: Alan Bine - Herald Examiner
1974: Los Angeles Times Newspaper article by Bob Oates 1 9 7 4
"Immortality In 9 Seconds
1980: Onetime World's Fastest
Human, Wykoff, 70, Dies
A 1980 reprint of an obituary column
written by Shav Glick, of the Los Angeles Times who outlined Wykoff's
athletic achievements and his career as Director of the Los Angeles County
Special Schools. (added 9-07-04)
Foy Draper - 1936 400
Meter Relay Team In the quest for answers, Perry Flippin, editor
emeritus at the San Angelo Standard-Times sought
bits and pieces of information to solve a
family mystery surrounding
the whereabouts of his 2nd cousin -- 1936 Olympic
Champion, Foy Draper, who was declared Missing
in Action during WWII .(added