DoubleRBar wrote:Bill Carr is correct, catson52. I don't know where Sonny Liston was born (maybe Arkansas). I do know that Bill Carr was born 103 years ago today and he died 46 years ago last January. Carr had a quite a track career before he ever graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Who knows what he could have done had he not been involved in the automobile crash.
Not much more than he had already accomplished.
Carr, who was planning on retiring after a 1933 summer track tour of Europe, said later that year that in some ways the accident was a blessing, allowing him to go out on top. He just didn't have the motivation going into the 1933 season as he'd already accomplished everything he set out to do, which in itself was more than he expected to do. In fact, the plan for the year was for him to run the 100 and 220, with his only 440s coming on relays.
The accident occurred on the night of March 17, 1933, the night of St. Patrick's Day, a fact which was kindly omitted from all newspaper reports. He had been standing on the running board of a car driven by a classmate. Another car apparently ran a stop sign, causing Carr's friend to swerve and throw Carr even before the autos collided.
Carr suffered two broken ankles and a fracture of the right side of his pelvis, in addition to numerous cuts and bruises. It was not the first time Carr had broken both ankles, as had done so before while high jumping for Pine Bluff (Ark.) High School. In fact, Carr had only recently recovered from a sprained knee, which he suffered while playing football in the fall of '32.
The first person to come across the accident was Carr's coach, Lawson Robertson, who stopped to help without realizing who was involved. Robertson picked up the 5-8/145 Carr, put him in Robertson's car and drove the five miles to University of Pennsylvania hospital, catty-corner from Franklin Field.
Carr's was not the only 1932 Olympic gold medalist and world record holder to have his career ended that spring, as 110-hurdler George Saling died in an auto crash less than one month after Carr's accident.