Bob Mathias was born, the second of four children (including older brother Eugene, younger brother James, and younger sister Patricia), to Dr. Charles and Lillian Mathias. Doctors discovered a cancerous tumor in Mathias's throat. Continued work for the state department as a good will ambassador to the world. Graduated from Stanford and commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the U.S. Marine Corps. The 1920, 1928, 1932, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 championships incorporated the Olympic Trials, otherwise held as a discrete event. On New Year's Day, he played fullback for Stanford University in the Rose Bowl. He attended Tulare Union High School, where he was a classmate and long time friend of Sim Iness, the 1952 Olympic discus gold medalist. Follow on . Mathias set his first decathlon world record in 1950 and led Stanford to a Rose Bowl appearance in 1952. During the summer following his high school graduation, he qualified for the United States Olympic team for the 1948 Summer Olympics held in London. Also a star fullback for the Stanford football team, he played in the 1952 Rose Bowl, making him the only person ever to compete in that event and an Olympics in the same year. [2], Won the Olympic gold medal in the decathlon at Helsinki, Finland, setting a |world record.[2]. [1] In 1948, Mathias won the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete, but because his scholastic record in high school did not match his athletic achievement, he spent a year at The Kiski School,[3] a well-respected all-boys boarding school in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania. While at Stanford University, Mathias set the first of his three world decathlon records in 1950. ©2020 United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. 1952 was a very good year for Bob Mathias. His point total of 7731 was 599 more than that of second-place finisher Milt Campbell of the U.S. (who won the event four years later). He then entered Stanford University in 1949, played college football for two years and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Bob Mathias, a two-time Olympic decathlon champion and Stanford football standout who became a four-term Republican congressman from the Central Valley, died … Never defeated in the decathlon, Mathias was a four-time national champion in the ten-event ordeal. Stanford's fullback Bob Mathias posing with football. Mathias set his first decathlon world record in 1950 [2] and led Stanford to a Rose Bowl appearance in 1952, the first nationally televised college football game. Spent the summer at U.S. Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego, California. Bob Mathias 1952.jpg 1,000 × 814; 219 KB. He qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team and went on to win gold medal in decathlon at the Summer Olympic Games in London, England. He was promoted to the rank of captain and was honorably discharged.[6]. After graduating from Stanford in 1953 with a BA in Education, Mathias spent two and a half years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Enrolls at Kiskiminetas Prep School, Saltsburg, Pa. Honored with the James E. Sullivan Award, presented each year to America's top amateur athlete. 90 Dave Mathias and his wife starred in the movie. That made him the youngest ever winner of an Olympic track and field event and also earned him the 1948 Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete. Mathias was re-elected three times without serious difficulty, but in 1974, his district was significantly redrawn in a mid-decade redistricting. For the first American officer killed by German fire on D-Day, see Robert P. Mathias.For the fictional character, see Bob Mathias (Space: 1999). Mathias, a … Mathias won four U.S. decathlon championships (1948–50, 1952). Upon his return to the small farming community of Tulare, California, Mathias was a full-fledged hero. This Month in Sports Reference Mathias, who also played in the Rose Bowl for Stanford University, was undefeated in eleven decathlons, captured four Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) championships, and set world records three times. He learned quickly. 1948. Every Sports Reference Social Media Account. En 1953 graduóse en Stanford, y esi mesmu añu foi reclutado pol equipu Washington Redskins, anque nunca llegó a xugar na National Football League. [4] He was unaware of the rules in the shot put and nearly fouled out of the event. Mathias set his first decathlon world record in 1950 and led Stanford to a Rose Bowl appearance in 1952, the first nationally televised college football game. Bob Mathias, deceased 2006, long time football player at Stanford and decathlon Olympic gold medal winner in 1948 and 1952. They later had three daughters, Romel, Megan, and Marissa. One of the greatest all-around athletes in track and field history, Robert "Bob" Mathias arrived on the world track and field scene in spectacular fashion, winning the decathlon gold medal at the 1948 Olympic Games while still only 17 years old. He was inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, US Olympic Hall of Fame in 1983 and the US Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1974. Visited more than forty countries as America's Good Will Ambassador. 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Bob Mathias was born, the second of four children to Dr. Charles and Lillian Mathias. Mathias was narrowly defeated for re-election by John Hans Krebs, a member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. He was a three-sport star in high school and went to Stanford… Stanford football great Kirkland, 82, dies Share this: ... linebacker Chuck Essegian and halfback Bob Mathias. During the discussion he mentions a forthcoming film in which the couple played themselves, called The Bob Mathias Story. Robert Bruce "Bob" Mathias (November 17, 1930 – September 2, 2006) was an American decathlete, two-time Olympic gold medalist, a United States Marine Corps officer, actor and United States Congressman representing the state of California. He attended Stanford University (B.A., 1953), where he played fullback on the gridiron football team. Touchdown Run 1. En 1954 estrenóse un filme sobre la so vida col títulu de The Bob Mathias Story, nel cual intervenía él xunto a la so esposa Melba, cola cual casárase esi añu. More than 300 people from throughout the state attended, including Olympic medal-winners Sammy Lee, Bill Toomey, Dave Johnson and Pat McCormick, and Sim Iness' widow, Dolores. Bob Mathias entered Stanford in 1949, having already won Olympic gold in the decathlon in the ’48 Olympic Games in London when he was a 17-year-old student at Tulare High. The Bob Mathias Story (1954) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. He later became the first director of the United States Olympic Training Center, a post he held from 1977 to 1983. Acting career took off, employed by John Wayne's Batjac Productions. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican, serving four two-year terms. While at Tulare Union in early 1948, Mathias took up the decathlon at the suggestion of his track coach, Virgil Jackson. 22 pages, all players are pictured. At Helsinki in 1952, Mathias established himself as one of the world's greatest all-around athletes. Political career: From 1967-75, he served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the … He almost failed in the high jump but was able to recover. (1st), Educationhigh school: Tulare (Tulare, California)undergraduate: Stanford (Palo Alto, California), 1953, McCormick has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, gone down the Amazon, learned how to fly, Olympic Champ Pat McCormick Still Up To Her Old Tricks. Appointed director of U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Upon his return to the small farming community of Tulare, California, Mathias was a full-fledged hero. Mathias had never thrown a javelin before, but two competitions later, the prep standout qualified for that summer’s Olympics. He died on September 2, 2006 in Fresno, California. Entered active duty in the Marine Corps as a second lieutenant. After the 1952 Olympics, Mathias retired from athletic competition. A tribute dinner honoring Mathias on the 50th anniversary of his first Olympic medal was held in Tulare. At age seventeen, graduated from Tulare high school after an illustrious high school athletic career in football and. At age seventeen, graduated from Tulare high school after an illustrious high school athletic career in football and track and field.Wins National Decathlon Championship at Bloomfield, N.J. He was survived by wife Gwen, daughters Romel, Megan, Marissa, step daughter Alyse Alexander, son Reiner, brothers Eugene and Jim, and sister Patricia Guerrero.[6]. Mathias overcame his difficulties and with superior pole vault and javelin scores was able to push past Ignace Heinrich to win the Olympic gold medal. Site Last Updated: Tuesday, January 19, 7:08AM Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? He then entered Stanford University in 1949, played college football for two years and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Robert Bruce Mathias (November 17, 1930 – September 2, 2006) was an American decathlete, two-time Olympic gold medalist in the event, a United States Marine Corps officer, actor and United States Congressman representing the state of California. Mathias was one of several Republicans swept out in the wake of the Watergate scandal. Subscribe to our Free Newsletter. This page was last edited on 5 January 2021, at 22:07. Stanford v. Michigan Football Program 1952 in very good condition. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images Bob Mathias, Actor: Teseo contro il minotauro. [6], He and his wife Melba can be seen on the 29th April 1954 edition of You Bet Your Life. Robert Bruce "Bob" Mathias (1930-2006) won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon in 1948 (at age 17) and 1952. Then Bob Mathias broke the hearts of Trojans everywhere, scoring two touchdowns, including a spectacular 96-yard kickoff return, to give Stanford a 27-20 victory. Early life and athletic career Mathias was born in Tulare, California. With her first child a son, Lillian Mathias had her hopes set on a baby girl for her second child; it is said that she cried … He won the decathlon by the astounding margin of 912 points, which established a new world record, and he became the first person to successfully defend an Olympic decathlon title. After graduating from Stanford in 1953 with a BA in Education, Mathias spent two and a half years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He defeated Harlan Hagen, the 14-year Democratic Party incumbent, by about 11% in the 1966 election. Mathias led Stanford University to the 1952 Rose Bowl in football. [3][6] (These were the same eight years in which Ronald Reagan served two terms as governor of California.) Returned to the Central Valley, in rural Fresno County. A few months later, he's a national hero. This was not too surprising because this area started to move away from its New Deal Democratic roots. Tulare high school stadium renamed in Mathias's honor. In addition to his Olympic gold, he led the Stanford University football team to a Rose Bowl appearance. Stanford has been known for churning out national team members and stars like the swimmer Katie Ledecky, the decathlete Bob Mathias, the … Enrolled at Stanford University, where he starred in track and field and in gridiron football. Mathias set his first decathlon world record in 1950[2] and led Stanford to a Rose Bowl appearance in 1952, the first nationally televised college football game. He was married to Gwen Alexander and Melba Wiser. Robert Bruce Mathias was born Nov. 17, 1930, in Tulare, a farming town in California’s Central Valley, and grew up there. "There were better athletes, but not many," Jim Murray, the late … Bob Mathias competed in the Rose Bowl and in the Olympic decathlon in the same year. At age 17, he became the youngest gold medalist in a track and field event.[5]. After his competitive days, he was a member of the U.S. Congress from 1967 to 1975 and from 1977 to 1983 he was director of the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Stanford Cardinal: Movies: 1954; The Bob Mathias Story, 1958; China Doll, 1960; Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete and 1962; It Happened in Athens. Won National Decathlon Championship at a meet held in Tulare. Mathias was Tulare High School’s football and track star in 1948 when his coach first suggested he try the decathlon. He is interred at Tulare Cemetery in Tulare, California. Despite his inexperience, he qualified for the Olympic team, then won the gold medal in London. 96 Bill Rogers vs. Oregon State • 1952 2. Bob Mathias was born on November 19, 1930, in Tulare, California, the second of four children born to Dr. Charles Milfred and Lillian (Harris) Mathias. He was an actor, known for The Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete (1960), The Bob Mathias Story (1954) and China Doll (1958). All Rights Reserved. (Although drafted by the Washington Redskins, Mathias never played professional football.) November 17, 1930. Appointed executive director of the National Fitness Foundation. 94 Casey Moore vs. California 1999 3. Mathias also was involved in the unsuccessful 1976 presidential re-election campaign of Gerald Ford. His 7,887 point total at the Helsinki Olympics remained the school record at Stanford for 63 years until it was broken in 2015 by a freshman, Harrison Williams. As a fullback for Stanford University's football team, he became the only man ever to compete in a Rose Bowl and the Olympic Games in the same year (1952). After graduating from Stanford in 1953 with a BA in Education, Mathias spent two and a half years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He attended Tulare Union High School,[3] where he was a classmate and long time friend of Sim Iness, the 1952 Olympic discus gold medalist. Chuck Taylor, who went 40-29-2 in seven seasons, was the coach. Drafted by the, Married his first wife Melba. Mathias played football during junior and senior years at Stanford. While at Tulare Union in early 1948, Mathias took up the decathlon at the suggestion of his track coach, Virgil Jackson. He capped his brilliant career by repeating as Olympic champion in 1952, winning by the largest margin in Olympic history and setting another world record. Comment. Mathias was born in Tulare, California. Bob Mathias, Class: 1954 Induction: Sport(s): Men's Track and Field - ... Roster Fencing: News Football Football: Facebook Football: Twitter Football: Instagram Football: Schedule Football: ... Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame. Are you a Stathead, too? Empower Team USA athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence and well-being. Won the National Decathlon Championship and Olympic Trials at meet held in Tulare. Featuring two time Olympic Champion Bob Mathias at fullback for the Stanford. Between 1967 and 1975, Mathias served four terms in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican, representing the northern San Joaquin Valley of California. Stanford Cardinal football; Member of political party: Republican Party; Position held: United States representative (1967–1975) ... Media in category "Bob Mathias" The following 6 files are in this category, out of 6 total. In the 1959–1960 television season, Mathias played Frank Dugan, with costars Keenan Wynn as Kodiak and Chet Allen as Slats, in the TV series The Troubleshooters, which focused 26 episodes on events at construction sites. Already a member of the football, basketball and track team at Tulare High School in California, Mathias took up the decathlon at the track coach's urging, though he had never seen a javelin, no less thrown one. Championships1948 Olympics: Decathlon (1st)1952 Olympics: Decathlon - 7731 pts. As a spokesperson for Wheaties cereal, he helped promote it as "the breakfast of champions". Won National Decathlon Championship at meet held in Tulare. During the summer following his high school graduation, he qualified for the United States Olympic team for the 1948 Summer Olympics held in London. From June to August 1975, Mathias served as the deputy director of the Selective Service. [9] In 1960, he also appeared playing an athletic Theseus in an Italian "peplum," or sword-and-sandal, film: Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete.[10]. After huge celebration and parade in Tulare, presented with "Key to the City" by Mayor Elmo Zumwalt. He was elected to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1983. While at Stanford University, Mathias set the first of … Mathias was born in Tulare, California. The 1952 Stanford Indians football team represented Stanford University in the 1952 college football season.The team was led by head coach Chuck Taylor in his second year and played their home games at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California.. After winning the conference and making it to the Rose Bowl in the previous season, the team was ranked #13 in preseason polls. Mathias continued to fare well in decathlons in the four years between the London games and the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. For the first American officer killed by German fire on D-Day, see. [7] He returned to the United States as a national hero. He also starred in a number of mostly cameo-type roles in a variety of movies and TV shows throughout the 1950s. Bob Mathias was diagnosed with cancer in 1996, and died as a result in Fresno, California on September 2, 2006 at age 75. In the Olympics, Mathias's naïveté about the decathlon was exposed. His district was renumbered as the 17th District, and picked up a large chunk of Fresno while losing several rural areas. Starred in the movie "China Doll", the TV series The Troubleshooters, the movie "Theseus and the Minotaur" and in the movie It Happened in Athens. Latest on player.Position Bob Mathias including news, stats, videos, highlights and more on NFL.com He played in the Rose Bowl, a losing effort to an outstanding Illinois team, and then won his fourth national decathlon championship five months later. He earned a master’s degree from Stanford University in physical education in ’51. Year. 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