Happy Birthday, William Harrison “Bones” Dillard!

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William Harrison “Bones” Dillard is a former track and field athlete and the only male to win Olympic gold in both sprinting and hurdling events.

Dillard was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended East Technical High School. He entered Baldwin-Wallace College in 1941 and joined Pi Lambda Phi International Fraternity. Two years later, he was drafted into the Army.

He returned to college in 1946 and resumed athletics, to which he had been inspired by Jesse Owens, who was from Cleveland and had attended East Technical High School, as well. He won the NCAA and AAU 120-yard and 220-yard hurdles in both 1946 and 1947, and he tied world records in both events with a 22.3 in the 220 in 1946 and a 13.6 in the 120.

He particularly excelled in hurdling, and was probably the best hurdler in the world shortly after the war.

After Track and Field:
Dillard worked for the Cleveland Indians baseball franchise in scouting and public relations capacities. He hosted a radio talk show on Cleveland’s WERE.

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