Saw him run his 43.9 anchor at Penn Relays, first ever to split under 44, running down Rice. Beautiful stride. Olympic silver to Lee Evans in Mexico, gold on the 4x4. RIP.
that was THEE first book i ever read cover to cover and i read it several times i agree great book, i am sure the library of congress has it.
One of the all-time 400 greats. Read about him and his '68 Olympics teammates while in HS in one of the best T & F books ever written: teammate Vince Matthews's "My Race Be Won". A shame that book is out of print.
Rest in peace Larry
My greatest memories of Larry James are from his high school days. The battles between White Plains HS with Otis Hill and Larry James and Andrew Jackson HS with Julio Meade and Vince Matthews were epic. These teams were loaded with other exceptional runners. The Andrew Jackson team set the famous 2 Mile Relay Record during this era that lasted I belive nearly 30 years. It interesting how Otis Hill and Julio Meade were the top runners for their respective teams while Larry James and Vince went onto Olympic fame.
What a smooth stride Larry James had.
His was the only Olympic gold medal I've ever seen. And I read Vince Matthews's book long ago.
“I started track in seventh grade because I couldn’t do anything else very well,” he told Track and Field News in 1968.
Probably the most beautiful stride I have ever seen. Rest in peace.