Sprinters Wykoff - 1928
Must Be Wrong (newspaper article)
Frank Lombardi jump started in the 100 yard race -- was penalized a
yard, and still managed to beat Frank Wykoff to the finish
line. Not only that, Lombardi also equaled the world
record by zooming through the tape ahead of Wykoff after
running 101 yards in 9.6 seconds.
Secret Strategy Reprint of
article written by Braven Dyer - 1928
Frank Wykoff upset with both Frank Lombardi, and Charley
Paddock's statements to the press that Wykoff didn't have
what it takes to win a place on the USA Olympic Team, went
into secret training -- as described by Sports Editor,
Braven Dyer, in an article he wrote entitled:
"S- Sh! Frank Wykoff Working in Secret for
Photo -Prior to the 1928
Olympic Trials on the west coast --
Photo #2 includes:
Hugh Finney, Charley Paddock, Weldon Draper,
Frank Lombardi, and Frank Wykoff in a promo
practice race -- each holding back their
secret strategy for the big event.
Brings Out 'Winning Shoes' for Olympics
Favorites to win the Century of the
Century races at the 1928 Olympic Trials at
Los Angeles included in photographic order -
Charley Paddock, Charley Borah, Frank
Wykoff, and Frank Lombardi.
WYKOFF DECLARED NEW "FASTEST HUMAN"
1928 Olympic Semi Finals
A.A.U. Track Championships -- Senior National
TRYOUTS ... Semi - Finals
Saturday, June 16, 1928 -- Los Angeles, CA.
Trials - Los Angeles 1928 (photographs
& 100M & 200M Statistics)
The "Regional Olympic Trials - Los Angeles 1928" page
highlights the extraordinary accomplishment of an 18
year old Glendale High School Student, Frank Wykoff,
who surprisingly vanquished the "Fastest Human,"
Charley Paddock, both in the 100 Meter and 200 Meter
Olympic Trial Events held at Los Angeles on June 16,
Two Happiest Men (newspaper article)
Must Prove Citizenship (newspaper article -
"Because Frank Wykoff, Glendale High School boy, beat Charley
Paddock and some other fast runners in a footrace the other day (Saturday,
June 16, 1928) he forthwith had to prove to Uncle Sam he was An
American Citizen and as such entitled to the protection of the
Missing Lucky Track Shoe
"Missing Lucky Track Shoes" page highlights a true story
that Frank Wykoff shared with movie producer, Douglas Fairbanks
concerning in his haste to board the train to compete in the
Olympic Finals in Massachusetts -- Wykoff left behind his "Lucky
Shoes" that he wore to beat the "Fastest Human," Charley Paddock
at the Olympic Regional try-outs held in Los Angeles, 6-16-28;
and how the Glendale Police came to the rescue by chasing down
Reprint: Sports Editor "Don" -
Don Ashbaugh of the Glendale News Press 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 George.
Final Olympic Tryouts
July 7, 1928 -- Cambridge, Massachusetts
Equalled Four Times by Frank Wykoff
At the "Olympic Trials 1928" -Frank Wykoff equaled the World record of 10.4 seconds in
the 100 meters four times during the afternoon of
Saturday, July 7, 1928 -- at the Olympic Finals held in
Boston, Massachusetts; and fulfilled his early childhood
dream to one day become a member of the American Olympic team.
Swarmed By Reporters
(Frank Wykoff) Wins Sprint
Transcript - dated July 7, 1928 --newspaper
photograph of the 100-Metre race at Olympic
finals -- Frank Wykoff, First; Bob Mc
Allister, Second; Hank Russell, third; Clyde
Bracey, Fourth; James Quinn, Fifth; and
Jackson Scholz, Sixth.
Southern California Track Stars 1928
Moviegram of Frank Wykoff's Sprinting Positions
Olympic Finals - Harvard 1928
The "Headlines -- Olympic Finals 1928"
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.
Copied Paddock's Style
Frank Wykoff vanquished Olympic Champion,
Charley Paddock, it
was disclosed to the Des Moines Register that Wykoff copied the
sprinting style of Paddock, and was determined that he would someday
conquer his idol in competition.
Olympic Sprint Candidate ... Part 1
Olympic Sprint Candidate... Part 2
Greatest USA sprinters of
1928 going to Amsterdam
Steamship to Amsterdam -- 1928
En-route to Amsterdam, Netherlands for the
aboard the President Roosevelt Steamship
July 11, 1928 - July 20, 1928
Olympic Ship - Port of N.Y.
Among a number of ideas for cartoons, suggested by
schoolmates (Glendale High School) of Frank Wykoff, Major
Reese draws the one to the left.
Olympic Dash Marks Topped By Stock Car -- OLYMPIC DASH MARKS TOPPED BY STOCK CAR
Durant-Star, Put Through Its Paces on
Coliseum Track . (added
1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. The track and Field 400 Meter Race.
United States star athlete, Ray Barbuti won Olympic gold for the United States.
IX OLYMPIAD -- USA COMPETES 1928
100 Meters -
The Agony --
1928 Olympics featuring the 100 meter race at Amsterdam in 1928. Percy Williams of
Canada flew through the finish line in rapid speed as Frank
Wykoff of the USA pulled a tendon 20 meters from the tape
and finished 4th.
Gold Medal -
400 Meter Relay --
1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. The track and
Field 400 Meter Relay team
consisting of Frank Wykoff, James Quinn, Charlie Borah, and
Henry Russell set a new world record, and are presented Olympic
Gold - 1928
Frank Wykoff returns to Glendale, California
Tuesday, September 4, 1928:
Conquering Hero Returns --
September 4, 1928 -- 3:38 PM
Frank Wykoff hugs his mother,
upon stepping off the
Southern Pacific Locomotive.
The music of the Glendale Elks Club echoed
loudly along the parade route as it played "The
Conquering Hero Comes," and "Hail, Hail, the Gang's
All Here," over and over again.
Wykoff Goes To College
Frank Wykoff's High School and 1928 Olympic trial
accomplishments are the topics published in the Glendale Junior
College Newsletter. Included in the article is a description of
the lack of preparation, and strange rules of the Dutch who were
hosting the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, Holland.