Nov. 3, 2005
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Yale track legend Jim Fuchs is among seven inductees in the National Track & Field Hall of Fame Class of 2005. USATF announced the inductees Thursday afternoon in New York, site of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame and host of this Sunday's New York City Marathon. The Class of 2005 will be inducted Thursday evening, December 1, at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held in conjunction with USATF's 2005 Annual Meeting in Jacksonville, Fla.
Fuchs enjoyed a period of domination in the men's shot put from 1949-1950 that will be long remembered. Through that remarkable span of time he won 88 consecutive meets and set four world records, and Track & Field News ranked him No. 1 in the world each of those seasons.
Along with his world records, other highlights of his career included Olympic bronze medals in 1948 in London and 1952 in Helsinki. As a collegiate star competing for Yale, Fuchs won both the IC4A and NCAA championships in 1949 and 1950. He won U.S. national outdoor titles those same years, and was the AAU indoor champion three years in a row from 1950 through 1952. He still holds the Yale shot put record (58-5 1/2, set in 1950).
The 1951 Pan American Games shot put and discus champion in 1951, Fuchs went on his world record shot put spree beginning in 1949. His first world record was 17.79m/58 feet, 4.50 inches in June of 1949 at Oslo, Norway, and he extended it to 17.82m/58-5.50 on April 29, 1950 at Los Angeles. Fuchs improved the world record to 17.90m/58-8.75 on August 20, 1950, at Visby, Sweden; and increased it to 17.95m/58-10.75 two days later at Eskilstuna, Sweden. Fuchs currently resides in New York City.
The other inductees are Earlene Brown, Roger Kingdom, John McDonnell, Mike Powell, Wes Santee, and Fred Wolcott.