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    IMPORTANT SIGNED JESSE OWENS 1936 TRACK PROGRAM & RARE WIRE PHOTO. Two significant pieces: 1) Rare 1936 AAU Track & Field National Championship program signed clearly in pencil by three of history’s greatest runners - Jesse Owens, Glenn Cunningham and Don Lash. Each of these Hall of Famers, represented the best in American athletics of the era: The Jesse Owens story has been documented in every medium. A hero and champion by every definition, Jesse’s personal courage and determination drove him to excel at all levels of his life and sport, shattering milestones and stereotypes in the process. The path culminated in his winning four Gold Medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and making a mockery of the Aryan ideal in the process. Sports Illustrated refers to Don Lash as "the best American cross-country runner who ever lived!" In a stellar career, he won 7 straight AAU Championships and was top US Amateur Athlete in 1938. As a boy, the courageous Glenn Cunningham was burned so badly, doctors wanted to amputate his legs, yet he recuperated and went on to win 10 straight National Championships. The Cunningham Trophy is named for him. This rare signed program is fragile - few could have survived. The interior pages are EX and tight with no flaws. The cover is somewhat brittle with breakage along the borders. All three vintage signatures - signed just prior to all three runners departing for Berlin and Olympic glory - are well placed and not affected. Simple, standard framing would display this perfectly and properly. Lot is completed with a rare wire photo depicting a well-known image of Owens soon after beating a racehorse in a footrace! Jesse barnstormed all over the world after his Olympic victories to raise money for his financially strapped family, and this event was a major attraction whenever staged. Original tag, dated 12/28/36, states "Starting with a 40 yard handicap, Owens finished the 100-yard race 20 yards ahead of the horse." 5 3/4 x 8." LOA from Spence and Grad PSA/DNA.

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