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Blue, Blue Days
Mike Shropshire
June 05, 2000
Bobby Morrow, who sprinted to three gold medals at the 1956 Summer Olympics, is a bitter and all-but-forgotten man
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June 05, 2000

Blue, Blue Days

Bobby Morrow, who sprinted to three gold medals at the 1956 Summer Olympics, is a bitter and all-but-forgotten man

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To track stars of yesteryear, Morrow remains an enigma. "I'm told that Bobby is a bitter man," says Thane Baker, runner-up to Morrow in the Melbourne 100 and 200 and the person who handed the baton to anchorman Morrow on the gold-medal-winning relay team. "If that's the case, he has brought a lot of his frustration upon himself. What has Bobby given back to the sport? Nothing that I know of. We have these reunions. He says he'll show up, but he never does."

Until recently Morrow had another version: "People say I'm aloof and I don't show up for various ceremonial occasions. The reason is, I'm never invited." Earlier this year, however, he received and accepted an invitation to be among the track and field luminaries to be honored at a dinner during the U.S. trials in July in Sacramento.

Morrow Strides out the front door to check his mail. The box contains two letters, one from a person in Germany, the other from someone in Brazil. Both people are seeking autographed photos. The retired Texas farmer says he gets about a dozen of those each month. Apparently, some people remember Morrow the same way his former wife does. "He was the most beautiful runner anybody ever saw," she says.

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