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Olympic Facts: Baby Doctor Benjamin Spock Won Gold Medal

Benjamin McLane Spock (May 2, 1903 – March 15, 1998) was an American pediatrician whose book Baby and Child Care, published in 1946, is one of the biggest best-sellers of all time. Its message to mothers is that “you know more than you think you do.”


Young Benjamin Spock

As a 6’4” freshman at Yale, Benjamin Spock was concentrating on his sporting efforts as a high jumper on the track and field team.

The captain of the Yale Eights rowing crew, James Rockefeller, took notice of Spock’s natural rowing build and invited him to try out for the team.

Unable to refuse the honor of an invitation by the captain, also considering the skipper was a Rockefeller, Spock became a member of the crew.

In 1924 the Yale eight won the right to represent the United States in the Olympic Games in Paris. The Yale contingent made the trip by ocean liner to compete in the rowing program on the River Seine. They won a gold medal in the world-record time of 5 minutes 51 seconds.


The Yale Eights Rowing Team, Paris Olympics, 1924

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