The Bob Hope Show

Season 5 Episode 1

October 12, 1954

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 12, 1954 on NBC

Episode Recap

OLYMPIC ATHLETES FETED AT DINNER. The event at the Waldorf Astoria in New York opens a drive for funds as President backs the nation-wide appeal. Fifteen members of past United States Olympic track and field teams were honored on October 12, 1954 sponsored by the New York Chapter of the United States Olympians. The dinner launched a nation-wide drive to raise $1,100,00 to finance full United States participation in the 1955 Pan American Games at Mexico City, the 1956 Winter Olympics at Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy and the 1956 Summer Olympics at Melbourne Australia. Present to receive citations were the following Olympic stars: Eddie Tolan 100 meters, 1932 Mel Patton 200 meters, 1948 Ralph Hill 5,000 meters, 1932 Louis Tewanima 10,000 meters, 1912 Johnny Hayes marathon, 1908 Charles Moore 400 meter hurdles, 1952 Horace Ashenfelter 3,000 meter steeplechase, 1952 Joseph Pearman 10,000 meter walk, 1920 Ernest Crosbie 50,000 meter walk, 1948 Walt Davis high jump, 1952 Jesse Owens broad jump, 1936 Parry O'Brien shot-put, 1952 Sim Iness discus throw, 1952 Cy Young javelin throw, 1952 Bob Mathias decathlon, 1948-1952 Honored also were Mal Whitfield 800 meters, 1948-52; Harrison Dillard 110 meter hurdles, 1952; Bob Richards pole vault, 1952; who were in Europe on a State Department goodwill tour. Bill Carr 400 meters, 1932 who was in Japan on business and the late Mel Sheppard 1,500 meters 1908-12; Meyer Prinstein hop, step and jump 1900-1904 and John J. Flanagan hammer throw, 1900-1904-1908. The speakers included Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, pastor of the Marble Collegiate Church; Sir Percy Spender, Australian Ambassador to the Unite States, Kenneth L. (Tug) Wilson, president of the United States Olympic Committee and Bernard Baruch. Edward P.F. Eagan chairman of the National Olympic finance committee, acted as toastmaster and with Bernard Gimbel and Thomas J. Watson organized the dinner on behalf of the United States Olympians, an association of former Olympic officials, athletes and associates. A portion of the program was nationally televised over the Bob Hope Show. Arthur Daley, Bill Corum, Jesse Abramson and John Daly collaborated in presenting the awards.