James Rosenberger

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James Rosenberger
James Rosenberger 1912.jpg
James Rosenberger in 1912
Personal information
BornApril 6, 1887
New York City, United States
DiedJanuary 1, 1946 (aged 58)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
Event(s)100–400 m
ClubI-AAC, Queens
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 m – 11.0 (1911)
200 m – 22.1 (1911)
400 m – 49.0 (1909)[1][2]

James Maher Rosenberger (April 6, 1887 – January 1, 1946) was an American track and field athlete and a member of the Irish American Athletic Club. He was born in New York City and died in Brooklyn, New York.

In 1909, at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) metropolitan senior championships, held at Travers Island, Rosenberger took first place in 100 and 220 yard dash.[3] The following week, Rosenberger was part of the Irish American Athletic Club's four-man relay team that broke the world's record for the one mile relay, with a time of 3 minutes 20 2/5 seconds. The other three men on the record breaking team were; C.S. Cassara, Melvin Sheppard, and William Robbins.[4]

On April 9, 1911,[5] Rosenberger anchored the Irish American Athletic Club 4×440 yard relay team that broke the world record at Celtic Park, Queens, New York, and set the first IAAF- recognized world record for 4×440 yard or 4×400 meter relay race, in time of 3 minutes and 18.2 seconds. The other members of the world record setting team were Harry Gissing, Mel Sheppard and Harry Schaaf.[6]

Rosenberger participated in the 1912 Summer Olympics, but was eliminated in a 400 m semifinal.[1] Next year he competed in Australia with the AAU team,[7] and in 1915 he became the coach for the Long Island Athletic Club.[8]


  1. ^ a b James Rosenberger Archived October 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ James Rosenberger. trackfield.brinkster.net
  3. ^ "IRISH-AMERICAN ATHLETES TRIUMPH; Win Thirteen Events at Senior Metropolitan Championships at Travers Island." New York Times, September 19, 1909.
  4. ^ "Mile Relay Record at Travers Island." New York Times, September 26, 1909.
  5. ^ Del's Athletic Almanac. athletics.hitsites.de
  6. ^ Annual Track & Field Dinner Journal, 1911. Irish American Athletic Club
  7. ^ New York Times, October 12, 1913
  8. ^ New York Times, November 25, 1915.

Further reading[edit]

  • Sullivan, James E. (1912). The Olympic Games Stockholm – 1912 (PDF). New York: American Sports Publishing Company. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 10, 2008. Retrieved January 3, 2009.

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