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July 12, 1958


Author Affiliations

Commissioner, Intercollegiate Conference and President, U. S. Olympic Committee

JAMA. 1958;167(11):1392-1395. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990280078021

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Seventy-five years, when regarded statistically as milestones in the career of an individual, an organization, or a publication, such as The Journal, suggest venerability and longevity. However, when viewed as a period of development in the many fields of human endeavor, it seems a very short span of time in which to account for so many remarkable accomplishments. Thus, in reviewing the past 75 years of activity in the field of sports, physical education, and recreation, one can only be amazed at the great changes and advancements which have taken place.

A few comparisons of present-day achievements and the standards existing before the turn of the century offer evidence of the tremendous progress effected in the past 75 years. Take swimming, for instance. The world mark for the 1,500-meter event was then 29 minutes, 42 seconds; today it is officially recognized at 17 minutes, 52.9 seconds. The winning time at

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