Beyond The Cinder Path

Frank Wykoff - Beyond The Cinder Path

Frank Wykoff inducted into the USA Olympic Hall of Fame 1984

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Frank Wykoff  "Beyond The Cinder Path" covers the published interviews that highlight Wykoff's personal memories of 'those good ole days' when he anchored the USA 400 meter relay team to victory at the 1928, 1932, and 1936 Olympics; and set a new world record in the 100 yard dash in 1930 that stood undefeated for 17 years; and also his career as the Director of the Los Angeles County Special Schools.



The Hall of Fame Induction That
Frank Wykoff Couldn't Attend --

It Came To Him


1977:  Hands of left:  Jesse Owens, and right Frank Wykoff -- both displaying their National Track & Field Hall of Fame rings.  Three years later (1980) both Wykoff and Owens departed this earth three months apart.

Hands on display - Left:  Jesse Owens - Right: Frank Wykoff

National Track & Field Hall of Fame


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"A DARK STAR IN FLIGHT: Jesse Owens, U.S.A. whose triple triumph in the 100-meter and 200 meter sprints and broad jump earned him wild applause at Berlin 1936, caught in mid-air he leaped to an Olympic record (26' 5-21/64" ) in his broad jump victory."  Photo Credit: Page 236 "The Story of the Olympic Games 776 B.C. to 1936 A.D." John Kieran - J.B. Lippincott publisher  At age 18, Frank Wykoff defeated his childhood idol, Charley Paddock in both the 100 and 200 meter races at the 1928 Olympic Semi-finals held in Los Angeles -- earning a place on the USA Olympic team -- destination, Amsterdam.

Jesse Owens 1936 

 Frank Wykoff - 1928


After Frank Wykoff was officially inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of fame on August 14, 1977 -- a photograph was taken of both Owens and Wykoff's hands displaying their Hall of Fame rings.  Neither Wykoff nor Owens knew at that moment in time that both had only three more years on earth, and the race to the "pearly gates" was one race neither wanted to be first at.  Frank Wykoff, refused to depart before he could watch his Alma Mater Trojan football team, University of Southern California  conquer Ohio State (Owens's Alma Mater) at the Rose Bowl game on  January 1, 1980.  After USC scored  17, and Ohio State 16 -- a few hours later to the shock of his family, Wykoff passed away; and Owens passed away in March of the same year.



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