Bob Mathias Autographed Life Magazine Price: $175.00

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Bob Mathias Autographed July 11, 1949 Life Magazine with Greatstone Gallery COA and picture of Bob Mathias with the magazine. The magazine is a newstand edition that is in excellent condition with minimal creasing or paper loss. There is a bold blue Sharpie signature with an inscription of the Olympic logo. The cover article is about 1948 Olympic decathlon champion Bob Mathias winning the 1949 US National Championship in his hometown of Tulare, California. Other articles involve racial tension in the South, candy in Great Britain, the assassination of Korea's Kim Koo, Mao Tse-tung and communism in China, the American grasshopper plague, support for the Hoover Commission, exploration of the Seward Glacier, General Electric's lightning laboratory, filming of "Tell It to the Judge", clowns, Yogi Berra, building LA's freeway system to alleviate congestion, Bess Truman, mechanical Paul Bunyan, and "The Brave Bulls" novel written by Tom Lea about bullfighting. Bob won the 1948 Olympic decathlon gold medal in London as a 17 year old high school student, and he then set a World Record for the decathlon while winning a second gold medal in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. He attended Stanford University from 1949-1953, leading Stanford to the 1952 Rose Bowl. He once returned a Frank Gifford kickoff 96 yards against USC, while playing at Stanford. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins, but he chose not to play professional football. He served in the military after graduation from Stanford, later becoming the first director of the US Olympic Training Center from 1977-1983. He worked as an actor during the 1950's and 1960's, eventually becoming a 4-term congressman from California from 1967-1975. Bob was diagnosed with cancer in 1996 and finally succumbed to the disease in 2006. Many people believe he was one of the greatest athletes of all time, a true American hero!!!

40516-Bob Mathias July 11 1949