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    • #17
      From Marvin West's book on UT swimming "Spizzerinctum":

      In January 1946, after one semester at Ohio U., Bussard departed Athens and enrolled at Bridgewater. It was much closer to home and he wanted to train in track with Richards....

      (Bussard speaking.) "I was on the basketball team the day after I arrived on campus but by the time I was really settled in, Richards was gone to the University of Illinois because of a disagreement. He wanted to participate in the Penn Relays. He had a place to stay. All he needed was a bus ticket and enough money for food. His request was turned down and that's how Bridgewater lost one of the greatest athletes in the world."


      http://web.archive.org/web/200712161350 ... 2_0_16_0_C

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      • #18
        But would Richards have become one of the greatest athletes in the world if he had stayed at Bridgewater?

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        • #19
          That a lot of water under the bridge.
          "Who's Kidding Who?"

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          • #20
            Originally posted by BillVol
            From Marvin West's book on UT swimming "Spizzerinctum":

            In January 1946, after one semester at Ohio U., Bussard departed Athens and enrolled at Bridgewater. It was much closer to home and he wanted to train in track with Richards....

            (Bussard speaking.) "I was on the basketball team the day after I arrived on campus but by the time I was really settled in, Richards was gone to the University of Illinois because of a disagreement. He wanted to participate in the Penn Relays. He had a place to stay. All he needed was a bus ticket and enough money for food. His request was turned down and that's how Bridgewater lost one of the greatest athletes in the world."


            http://web.archive.org/web/200712161350 ... 2_0_16_0_C
            Very interesting. Here is my source for the August 1928 birthdate: http://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/imageg ... tryID=B117

            The Richards transfer fits, as he competed for Bridgewater in the Penn Relays of 1944 and '45, and at some point thereafter heads to Illinois.

            The birthdate makes Bussard a 16-year old high school grad, turning 17 in the August following graduation.

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            • #21
              dj, the book I referenced also has Bussard's birthdate as August 12, 1928.

              It sounds like he made himself at home at Bridgewater since he was there for quite some time. The book doesn't indicate when he graduated from Bridgewater. Perhaps he never graduated? Maybe they gave him an honorary degree? Spizzerinctum says that Bussard had school interrupted many times by jobs and coaching. From the book:

              "Ray's father and others had said many times that he would never finish college, that there were too many distractions and never enough money." This quote was by Bussard's wife, Ruth.

              I learned something new about the National AAU All-Around from the book. Hopefully this is all accurate information.

              - "It was designed to be tougher than the decathlon, 10 events in one day instead of two." (Words of the book's author.)

              - Bussard finished 2nd in the All-Around his first time competing, to Johnny Voight of Oklahoma A&M. No date given, but it says that the competition included "America's best athletes who weren't somewhere else training for the 1952 Olympics."

              - "The National All-Around was once America's greatest track and field event. Roots run back to Civil War days." (Author.)

              - "After the decathlon was introduced at the 1912 Olympics, the All-Around faded into the background. It was discontinued for a while but made a comeback after World War II and survived until 1977." (Author.)

              - Avery Brundage and Jim Thorpe are former winners of the All-Around.

              - "The highlight of Bussard's athletic career came in the rain, back in Baltimore, in August 1952. He swept a field of 40 in his second try at the National AAU All-Around. Tex Carter, University of Maryland, was runner-up, 849 points behind Bussard. Tim Wilson of the New York Athletic Club was third. Voight, defending champ, withdrew after twisting a knee in the hammer throw. Bussard again scored in all 10 events. He won three. He was second in four, third in three." (Author.)

              "Dr. Z" has a book on the All-Around, much of which you can read at this preview: http://books.google.com/books?id=eXOBPt ... ry_r&cad=0

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