Saturday, February 9, 2008

1904: The legendary B.Handley, USA

Picture within an article of "The New York Times" of February 28th, 1904 presenting Louis de Breda Handley. Louis de Breda Handley, considered as one of the pioneers of US Water Polo and swimming, was born in Rome in 1874. He came to New York in 1896 and joined the Knickerbocker Atheltic Club then the New York Athelic Club, where he competed successfully in Football, Water polo, Yachting and Swimming. In the 1904 St. Louis Olympic Games, he won gold medals in both Water Polo and relay swimming as a member of the winning U.S. teams. From 1898 to 1911, Louis de Breda Handley helped to win all but one of the AAU National Indoor and Outdoor Water Polo Championships.
Source:,, Colwin, Cecil M. (1995). L. de B. Handley, The "Gentleman Jim" of Swimming, "Swim Canada," 22 (7), Jul., 16-1

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