Comeback of Frank Wykoff
Frank C. Wykoff (25 yrs old), who was out of the Athletic scene for
nearly four years, decided to re-enter the amateur sports arena, and
the right to compete in the Olympic tryouts of 1936--however, it
certainly wasn't an easy task. Newspaper article from either the
L.A. Times, or Examiner some time in early 1936.
Wykoff Defeats Foy Draper
Greenway Field Day - AAU
Track Meet 1936 (Newspaper
Full page newspaper photo spread. The University of Southern California's track and field team
run away with record breaking titles at the Greenway Field Day track meet in Phoenix,
Arizona. The event was held in April, 1936. Those photographed below
include: Frank Wykoff - 100-yard dash; Roy Staley, high hurdles;
Kenneth Carpenter, discus; Bud Deacon, pole vault;
pole vault; Harold Smallwood, 440-yard dash;
shot-put; and Charles (Chuck) Soper, Javelin.
Western Regional Olympic Tryouts 1936
The 1936 Western Regional Olympic Try-Outs were held in
Los Angeles, California on Saturday, June 27, 1936.
Although the winners of the competition were thrilled they
won the right to compete in the Olympic Finals to be held
at Randall's Island in New York, they all soon found out
that they would have to pay the price of transportation to
New York themselves. (added 2-19-04)
Dig Into Your Pockets
The "Dig Into Your Pockets" page contains an 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.
The Big Gyp (article)
100 Meter Final - Olympic Tryouts
At the 1936 Olympic Final Tryouts held at Randall's
Island Stadium in the state of New York,
Frank Wykoff placed third to Jesse Owens
in the 100 Meter race; and earned to
right to represent the United States in the XI Olympiad to
be held in Berlin, Germany - 1936.
Olympic Expectations (article)
Reprint of Claude Newman's Column ..."For
What It's Worth" in which he made predictions 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, and Bill Barber.
1936 Financial Woes
Reprint of the sports column of Frederick Graham
-- News-Press Sports Editor, who turned over his column for the day to
Henry McLemore of the United Press to inform the public about the
financial problems facing the athletes chosen to represent the USA at
the 1936 Olympics to be held in Berlin.
Dorothy Poynton Hill Was Not Over The Hill
Dorothy Hill, 1932 Olympic Gold Champion, was upset by
sports editor Frederick Graham predicting that she would
not make the 1936 American Olympic Swimming Team. Graham
later wrote an apology in his column that sounded more
like he may have been the reason she was able to win the
Final Olympic try-outs competition due to her then trying
Pre-Olympic Picks - Caricatures
"Olympic Lowdown from a Guy in the Know" -- Mullin. A
cartoonist by the name of Mullin created caricatures of
the athletes he predicted would either do or not do
something at the Olympic game events to be held in Berlin,
Germany. Olympic characters depicted were
Archie San Romani, Donald
Lash, pole vault-- Graber, Sefton, and
Woodruff -- and coach Dean Cromwell.
Slated Color-Bearer - 1936 Olympics
"Color Bearer 1936" page contains
an article written by George T. Davis announcing that
Frank Wykoff would most likely be chosen for the honor
to "act as color bearer of Old Glory in the parade of
American athletes at Berlin ..." Davis also
mentions the athletic comebacks of Dorothy Poynton Hill,
Anna Vrana O'Brien, Max Schmeling, and
1936 OLYMPICS - BERLIN
Largest U.S.A. Olympic Squad - 1936
(article & newspaper photographs)
"Largest U.S.A. Olympic Squad -
1936" page highlights photographs and excerpts of an
article dated July 16, 1936 by the United Press entitled
"Largest Squad in History Shoves off for Berlin and Huge
Games." Also included is a newspaper photograph of
Jesse Owens, Frank Wykoff, and Ralph Metcalfe training
aboard the Olympic Ship, S. S. Manhattan.
While Aboard S. S. Manhattan
The "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.
Olympic Village Berlin - 1936
The concept of the Olympic Village that
California during the 1932 Olympics was adopted
as the solution to housing athletes competing in the 1936
Olympics held in Berlin. The page includes
photographs of members of the USA Olympic team outside
of their cabins, and singing folk songs in the evening.
Also included is a reprint of the layout of Olympic
Village according to participating nations.
"100 Meter Race"
USA 400 Meter Relay Team
Frank Wykoff gained six meters
during anchor lap to bring the USA 400 meter relay team
consisting of Jesse Owens, Ralph Metcalfe,
Foy Draper, and
himself to a record breaking victory at the Olympics held
in Berlin on August 9, 1936.
1936 SC Gold (newspaper
The "1936 Southern California Gold" page contains a
newspaper photo presentation of the Southern California
athletes who brought home Olympic Gold medals from their
victories at Berlin, Germany's XI Olympiad games.
Photographs include: Dorothy Poynton Hill, Earl Meadows,
Frank Lubin, and Margie Gestring.
Victorious Athletes 1936 Olympics (article)
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
Blazing Desire Earns Olympic Gold
(newspaper photograph presentation)
1936 Olympic Champions Honored
(newspaper photograph presentation)
Frank Wykoff's hometown, Glendale,
CA -- went out of its' way to welcome him and Delos
Thurber who were both successful in winning 1936
Olympic Medals while representing the United States in
Berlin. Two articles appearing in the Glendale
Press-News entitled "Glendale Greets Olympic Athletes,"
and "Wykoff - Thurber Welcomed" have been reprinted
and added to this document.