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  • Steers First Over 7 Feet?

    I have read in a couple of places that Lester Steers jumped more than 7 feet in the high jump in 1941 in two "unsanctioned" meets. This was from a German publication I found on Google. I also read in a Joe Faust post that recently deceased Charlie Dumas was the first to "officially" clear 7 feet.

    Any comments?

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    Re: Steers First Over 7 Feet?

    See my comments on the "Best Practice/exhibition Marks" thread...

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    • #3
      Re: Steers First Over 7 Feet?

      >See my comments on the "Best Practice/exhibition Marks" thread...<

      Which is on the Historical Board, which is where this question should have been posted. Something that happened in 1941 is not exactly a current event.

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      • #4
        Re: Steers First Over 7 Feet?

        Steers jumped 7-1/2 in Eugene on February 27, 1941. The date should give you a bit of a clue. It was an exhibition, I think during a basketball game. I suspect the floor was one of those "sprung" ones that gave a few extra inches (the kind I could dunk from).

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        • #5
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          A 'sprung' basketball floor? I'd like to know the surface, if anybody alive remembers (...for a book I'm doing ..which won't be 'done' for another
          few years, if ever)

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          • #6
            Re: Steers First Over 7 Feet?

            check out Maples pavilion on the stanford campus.

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            • #7
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              enter the term "sprung floor" for lots of citations, including this FAQ

              http://www.sprungfloors.com/s.cgi?faq-001

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              • #8
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                "sprung floor" courts I played on back in the day were always said to have a 6-inch layer of horsehair between the flooring and the base

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                • #9
                  Re: Steers First Over 7 Feet?

                  Horsefeathers!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Steers First Over 7 Feet?

                    Only a Californian would say Mac Court is full of horsehair!

                    C.D. U of O '78

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                    • #11
                      Re: Steers First Over 7 Feet?

                      >>See my comments on the "Best Practice/exhibition Marks" thread...<

                      Which
                      >is on the Historical Board, which is where this question should have been
                      >posted. Something that happened in 1941 is not exactly a current event.

                      This IS the historical board....

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                      • #12
                        Re: Steers First Over 7 Feet?

                        >>>This IS the historical board....<<

                        It wasn't here originally. The webmeister must have moved it.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Steers First Over 7 Feet?

                          Somebody out there must have access to the files of the Oregonian or the Eugene Register (as I think it then was). I've always understood Steers' jump was at half time of a basketball game, as gh says, but that must be based on my recollection of a story in the SF Chronicle. I'd love to see verification and a description of the exhibition. He also jumped 6-10 on February 14, same place.

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                          • #14
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                            I know somebody who lives in Eugene and I am going to ask them to go to the library and see what they can find.

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                            • #15
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                              Right. You'd have to think that the next day's local paper would have lots of info on the event.

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