Robert Garrett : biography

May 24, 1875 - April 25, 1961

Through a mayoral appointment, he served as the chairman of the city's Public Improvement Commission. He was also largely responsible for bringing the Boy Scouts of America to Baltimore in 1910, and took an active role in managing that organization in Baltimore until his retirement from the Baltimore Area Council in 1934. In 1919, Garrett gave to the City of Baltimore a tract of land in its Brooklyn neighborhood to be used as a public park, which was named in his honor; this was but one of many properties which he offered to the city for use as public parkland.

Garrett died on April 25, 1961, in Baltimore, Maryland.

External References

  • "Antioch Field Excavation Reports, 1932-1935," Baltimore Museum of Art
  • "Robert Garrett Diaries and Calling Card,1899-1900," Baltimore Museum of Art
  • "Selected Maseterpieces from the Garret Collection of Prints," Baltimore Museum of Art

Category:American shot putters Category:American discus throwers Category:American high jumpers Category:American long jumpers Category:Athletes (track and field) at the 1896 Summer Olympics Category:Athletes (track and field) at the 1900 Summer Olympics Category:Tug of war competitors at the 1900 Summer Olympics Category:Olympic gold medalists for the United States Category:Olympic track and field athletes of the United States Category:Olympic medalists in athletics (track and field) Category:Olympic tug of war competitors of the United States Category:People associated with the Boy Scouts of America Category:Scouting pioneers Category:People from Baltimore, Maryland Category:1875 births Category:1961 deaths

1896 Olympics

The Greek discus throwers were true stylists. Each throw, as they spun and rose from a classical Discobolus stance, was more beautiful than the last. Not so with Garrett, who seized the discus in his right hand and swinging himself around and around, the way the 16 pound hammer is usually thrown, threw the discus with tremendous force. Garrett's first two throws were embarrassingly clumsy. Instead of sailing parallel to the ground, the discus turned over and over and narrowly missed hitting some of the audience. Both foreigners and Americans laughed at his efforts and he joined in the general merriment. His final throw, however, punctuated with a loud grunt, sent the discus sailing beyond the best Greek competitor's Panagiotis Paraskevopoulos's mark to .

American spectator Burton Holmes wrote: "All were stupefied. The Greeks had been defeated at their own classic exercise. They were overwhelmed by the superior skill and daring of the Americans, to whom they ascribed a supernatural invincibility enabling them to dispense with training and to win at games which they had never before seen." The performances were remarkable. According to James Connolly, in five of the track and field events won by Americans, they had not had a single day of outdoor practice since the previous fall.

Garrett also won the shot put with a distance of and finished second in the high jump (tied equally with James Connolly at ) and second in the long jump (with a jump of ).

In the 1984 NBC miniseries, The First Olympics: Athens 1896, he was portrayed by Hunt Block. In the second episode, Garrett was portrayed as being a participant in the first Olympic Marathon, which, in reality, he wasn't.

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