Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

June 22, 1933

On June 22, 1933, the Philadelphia Tribune reported on track stars Ralph Metcalfe and Jesse Owens, who set records at a track meet at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Metcalfe, the Tribune reported, “electrified the crowd by essaying the hundred yards in 9.4 to equal the world's record.” Metcalfe earned medals at the 1932 and 1936 Olympics and went on to represent Chicago in the U.S. Congress in the 1970s. Jesse Owens, an eighteen-year-old star at East Technical High School in Cleveland, set scholastic records in the 100 and 220 yard dashes. “Owens, quiet and unassuming, received the plaudits of the crowd and hustled to the dressing room. This youngster, for whom track coaches and critics predict a great future, enters college this fall.”  Owens went on to win four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and became an iconic American athlete.

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