Harry Schaaf

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Harry Schaaf, wearing the Winged Fist of the Irish American Athletic Club, 1911.

Henry "Harry" Schaaf was an American track and field athlete, a member of the Irish American Athletic Club, and a Police Officer in the New York City Police Department.[1] He served as a patrolman from 1912 until his retirement in 1943.[2]

On April 9, 1911,[3] Schaaf was a member of the Irish American Athletic Club 4x440 yard relay team that broke the world record at Celtic Park, Queens, New York, and set the first IAAF- recognized world's record for 4x440 yard or 4x400 meter relay race, with a time of 3 minutes and 18.2 seconds. The other members of the world's record setting team were; Harry Gissing, Mel Sheppard and James Rosenberger.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times, January 27, 1920.
  2. ^ New York Times, June 15, 1943.
  3. ^ Del's Athletic Almanac
  4. ^ Irish American Athletic Club Annual Track & Field Dinner Journal, 1911.

External links[edit]