Emerson Spencer

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Emerson Spencer
Personal information
Born (1906-10-10)October 10, 1906
San Francisco, California, USA
Died May 15, 1985(1985-05-15) (aged 78)
Palo Alto, California, USA
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Sport
Sport Running
Club Stanford Cardinal

Emerson Lane "Bud" Spencer (October 10, 1906 – May 15, 1985) was an American sprint runner who won a gold medal in the 4×400 m relay at the 1928 Summer Olympics, breaking the world record in the process. A week later he helped to set another world record, at 3.13.4 in the 4×440 yard relay in London.

In 1926 Spencer won his first major title, the 1926 AAU junior championships in the 440 yd hurdles. Next year he won the NCAA 440 yd event in 47.7 seconds, which was the world's fastest time that year. In May 1928 he set a world record in the 400 m at 47.0 s, but failed at the Olympics trial and was not selected for the US team in this event. After retiring from competitions he worked as the sports editor of San Francisco News and then as athletics coach at Stanford University, his alma mater.

On September 1, 1931, Spencer married Laura 'Henrietta' Halliday, daughter of Dr. John LeRoy and Tacy Marie Halliday.

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Ray Barbuti, Emerson Spencer, Fred Alderman and George Baird at the 1928 Olympics