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Catalog Number 2009.030.058
Description Plaque commemorating Ben Eastman being inducted into the San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame on May 17, 1989. Plaque includes image of Eastman and a brief biography: "Ben Eastman took the California track and field world by storm in the late 1920s and early 1930s. While competing for Burlingame High School, the bespectacled Eastman dominated Bay Area sprinting events, setting standard after standard at the prep level. Eastman then went on to attend nearby Stanford University. It was there that Eastman, who was nicknamed "Blazin' Ben" by the area's track and field pundits, blossomed into a world-class runner. His speed would propel him all the way to the 1932 Olympic Games. He won a silver medal in the Los Angleles Games in the 400-meter run. He was the world record-holder in the 440-yard run, with a clocking of 46.4 at Stanford. As a freshman at the school, he cruised the 440 in 48.4, a frosh mark that stood until 1965. Although the 440 or 400, was Eastman's forte, he ran longer races as well. He established Stanford records in the 600, 800 and 1,000 under the guidance of his coach, Dink Templeton."
Object Name Plaque, Award
Collection 3D - Personal Symbols
Title Ben Eastman Sports Hall of Fame Plaque
Date May 17, 1989
Species Plaque
Inscription Text "Alpine's specially handcrafted, hand rubbed wood placques offer you a quality product for rock bottom prices / Alpine / Awards / Inc" (black and gold sticker on back complete with locations and addresses)
Provenance Plaque and induction was sponsored by The Times of San Mateo.
Dimensions H-12 W-9 D-1 inches
Search Terms Sports
Track and field athletics
U.S. Olympics
Burlingame High School
Stanford University
Eastman, Ben
Subjects Sports
Track and field athletics
People Eastman, Ben