Thursday, December 22, 2016

Who Else is on the Sportscaster Card? - Post #003

Sportscaster card 87-01 has the title "Olympic 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 Meters".  The sub title on the back is "A Race to Glory".  Somehow they chose not to include a picture of any of those races in the Olympics.

It was a lot easier to track down the competitors in the first few cards that I reviewed.  Why?  The back mentioned either the race contested or the competitors.  The race shown here is (a) not an Olympic race and (b) the useless caption title is "All-out in a distance run".

The photographer is Paul Sutton Duomo.  They have an archive but it doesn't seem to help.

Luckily, I recognize the race leader, Jim Stinzi.  He was an assistant coach for my team one year in college.  He also was the collegiate coach for one of my high schoolers.

He didn't graduate from college until 1981 which means he was still a collegiate runner.  So, this race was probably a USATF/AAU Championship meet around 1978 - 1979.

It is also noticeable that Stinzi isn't wearing a race number.  He must have been the rabbit.  That is a normal thing for a star college runner to do.

USA Track and Field lists event winners from National Championships.  Does anyone know where complete results can be found?

I recognize the Athletic Attic runner, the Wisconsin Track Club guy (Donakowski?) and #753 whose sponsor is quite small on his singlet.  On further inspection, that logo looks like it might just be a Frank Shorter sportswear logo.

I did poorly on this one.  I will try to see if one of his former runners can get Coach Stinzi to share more about this picture.

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