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1984 Olympic Games - ABC Sports Interview Frank Gifford with Bob Mathias and Bruce Jenner
1984 Olympic Games - ABC Sports Interview Frank Gifford with Bob Mathias and Bruce Jenner
Published: 2015/07/29
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Olympic Track Hero Bob Mathias
Olympic Track Hero Bob Mathias
Published: 2008/08/13
Channel: Dan Traub
Bob Mathias Documentary
Bob Mathias Documentary
Published: 2016/07/28
Channel: Sam Clark
USA
USA's Bob Mathias Wins Olympic Decathlon At 17 - London 1948 Olympics
Published: 2013/05/07
Channel: Olympic
Robert Mathias Becomes First To Retain Decathlon Gold - Helsinki 1952 Olympics
Robert Mathias Becomes First To Retain Decathlon Gold - Helsinki 1952 Olympics
Published: 2013/05/21
Channel: Olympic
Bob Mathias, Tulare California
Bob Mathias, Tulare California
Published: 2012/08/12
Channel: Andrew Aguilar
Fundamentals of Track and Field staring Bob Mathias
Fundamentals of Track and Field staring Bob Mathias
Published: 2012/08/05
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Bob Mathias DMG Commercial
Bob Mathias DMG Commercial
Published: 2012/07/15
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The Bob Mathias Story (1954)  Full HD Official Movie ( With English Subtitles )
The Bob Mathias Story (1954) Full HD Official Movie ( With English Subtitles )
Published: 2017/10/28
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Bob Mathias - Wiki Videos
Bob Mathias - Wiki Videos
Published: 2015/10/30
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La Isla del Laberinto (1960) con Bob Mathias, full movie, español latino.
La Isla del Laberinto (1960) con Bob Mathias, full movie, español latino.
Published: 2017/06/28
Channel: SWORD MOVIES
Bob Mathias stars in Carteret commercial
Bob Mathias stars in Carteret commercial
Published: 2012/07/16
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BOB MATHIAS TRIBUTE
BOB MATHIAS TRIBUTE
Published: 2016/12/07
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Olympic Decathalon - Bob Mathias 1948 & Milt Campbell 1956 & Rafer Johnson 1960  imasportsphile
Olympic Decathalon - Bob Mathias 1948 & Milt Campbell 1956 & Rafer Johnson 1960 imasportsphile
Published: 2016/01/23
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A Tribute to Sim Iness staring Bob Mathias
A Tribute to Sim Iness staring Bob Mathias
Published: 2012/07/15
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Bob Mathias
Bob Mathias
Published: 2013/10/15
Channel: Nilsondm
News Special - Matthias Clemens vs. Uncle Bob
News Special - Matthias Clemens vs. Uncle Bob
Published: 2017/07/16
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Bob Mathias
Bob Mathias
Published: 2013/09/24
Channel: Nilsondm
Bob Mathias - Flashback
Bob Mathias - Flashback
Published: 2012/01/11
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Matisyahu - One Day (YouTube Version)
Matisyahu - One Day (YouTube Version)
Published: 2009/10/25
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Zecathlon Commercial staring Bob Mathias
Zecathlon Commercial staring Bob Mathias
Published: 2012/07/15
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anton phillips as dr  bob mathias and suzanne roquette in space 1999
anton phillips as dr bob mathias and suzanne roquette in space 1999
Published: 2016/03/12
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Football, Preparedness
Football, Preparedness
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: AP Archive
WELCOME SPORTMANIA ¦ Mathias Gaudiano
WELCOME SPORTMANIA ¦ Mathias Gaudiano
Published: 2017/09/17
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Sixties Cheesecake Dance No. 10
Sixties Cheesecake Dance No. 10
Published: 2008/04/03
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How to pronounce Bob Mathias (American English/US)  - PronounceNames.com
How to pronounce Bob Mathias (American English/US) - PronounceNames.com
Published: 2015/01/11
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Robyn reads about Bob Mathias
Robyn reads about Bob Mathias
Published: 2017/11/16
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*Rare* JAYNE MANSFIELD Trailer - "It Happened In Athens" (1962)
*Rare* JAYNE MANSFIELD Trailer - "It Happened In Athens" (1962)
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: primativo7
Butt Putt Putt? | 10 Ridiculous Amazon Products
Butt Putt Putt? | 10 Ridiculous Amazon Products
Published: 2017/10/12
Channel: Matthias
bob (Keenan Mathias & TREGS remix)
bob (Keenan Mathias & TREGS remix)
Published: 2016/12/31
Channel: Bass Boosted Music
You Bet Your Life radio show 4/28/54
You Bet Your Life radio show 4/28/54
Published: 2015/04/28
Channel: FrankNelsonNet
1952 OLYMPIC GAMES
1952 OLYMPIC GAMES
Published: 2013/01/29
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FINISH MY SENTENCE CHALLENGE | Markiplier, Wade, Matthias & Jesse
FINISH MY SENTENCE CHALLENGE | Markiplier, Wade, Matthias & Jesse
Published: 2015/08/22
Channel: Matthias
The Whisper Challenge with Matthias, Wade, and Tyler
The Whisper Challenge with Matthias, Wade, and Tyler
Published: 2015/05/31
Channel: Markiplier
How to Pronounce Bob Mathias
How to Pronounce Bob Mathias
Published: 2015/08/06
Channel: Dictionary Voice
OBM - Athlete - Bob Mathias
OBM - Athlete - Bob Mathias
Published: 2016/08/27
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Nonkel Bob - Vrolijke vrienden gebracht door Mathias (cover)
Nonkel Bob - Vrolijke vrienden gebracht door Mathias (cover)
Published: 2017/03/20
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Olivia Ruiz et Mathias Malzieu chantent Bob Dylan
Olivia Ruiz et Mathias Malzieu chantent Bob Dylan
Published: 2016/12/16
Channel: La Grande Librairie
How to Pronounce Bob Mathias - Correct Pronunciation
How to Pronounce Bob Mathias - Correct Pronunciation
Published: 2017/07/16
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bob and mathias air band
bob and mathias air band
Published: 2010/06/23
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Tulare Band Showcase TWHS Marching Band and Colorguard, October 10, 2011
Tulare Band Showcase TWHS Marching Band and Colorguard, October 10, 2011
Published: 2011/10/11
Channel: Virginbeachcebu
Uncle Bob and Mathias playing around.
Uncle Bob and Mathias playing around.
Published: 2016/08/13
Channel: Gerry Johnston
Champions: A Century of Stanford Sports (1991)
Champions: A Century of Stanford Sports (1991)
Published: 2016/09/23
Channel: Stanford University Libraries
10 Strange Walmart Items!
10 Strange Walmart Items!
Published: 2017/02/18
Channel: Matthias
Live Oak middle school Graduation 2012
Live Oak middle school Graduation 2012
Published: 2012/06/06
Channel: Mike Maldonado
Mathias coco bob
Mathias coco bob
Published: 2017/01/17
Channel: the électrick dead
NEVER HAVE I EVER CHALLENGE | Markiplier, Wade, Matthias & Jesse
NEVER HAVE I EVER CHALLENGE | Markiplier, Wade, Matthias & Jesse
Published: 2015/08/29
Channel: Matthias
Bob O
Bob O'Hara and Craig Mathias, Episode 3: Scalable WLANs for Mission Critical Applications
Published: 2010/03/20
Channel: Aerohive
Mathias och Emil Kör Pulka och Bob
Mathias och Emil Kör Pulka och Bob
Published: 2009/03/05
Channel: Markus Andersson
Kampase Mukyalo Sir Mathias Walukagga & Fred Sebaale New Ugandan Video
Kampase Mukyalo Sir Mathias Walukagga & Fred Sebaale New Ugandan Video
Published: 2016/03/22
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Bob Mathias
Bob Mathias Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 18th district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1975
Preceded by Harlan Hagen
Succeeded by William M. Ketchum
Personal details
Born Robert Bruce Mathias
(1930-11-17)November 17, 1930
Tulare, California, U.S.
Died September 2, 2006(2006-09-02) (aged 75)
Fresno, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Melba Mathias (1954–1976)
Gwendoyln Alexander (1977–2006)
Education Stanford University (BA)
Sports career
Bob Mathias 1952.jpg
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Decathlon
Club Olympic Club, San Francisco;
Stanford Cardinal
Sports achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 m – 10.8 (1952)
400 m – 50.2 (1952)
110 mH – 13.8 (1952)
HJ – 1.90 m (1952)
PV – 4.00 m (1952)
LJ – 7.15 m (1952)
SP – 15.82 m (1953)
DT – 52.83 m (1951)
JT – 62.20 m (1952)
Dec – 7592 (1952)[1][2]

Robert Bruce Mathias (November 17, 1930 – September 2, 2006) was an American decathlete, two-time Olympic gold medalist in the event, a United States Marine Corps officer, actor and United States Congressman representing the state of California.

Early life and athletic career[edit]

Mathias was born in Tulare, California. He attended Tulare Union High School,[3] where he was a classmate and long time friend of Sim Iness, the 1952 Olympic discus gold medalist. While at Tulare Union in early 1948, Mathias took up the decathlon at the suggestion of his track coach, Virgil Jackson. During the summer following his high school graduation, he qualified for the United States Olympic team for the 1948 Summer Olympics held in London.

In the Olympics, Mathias's naïveté about the decathlon was exposed.[4] He was unaware of the rules in the shot put and nearly fouled out of the event. He almost failed in the high jump but was able to recover. Mathias overcame his difficulties and won the Olympic gold medal. At age 17, he became the youngest gold medalist in a track and field event.[1]

Mathias continued to fare well in decathlons in the four years between the London games and the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.[1] In 1948, Mathias won the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete, but because his scholastic record in high school did not match his athletic achievement, he spent a year at The Kiski School,[3] a well-respected all-boys boarding school in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania. He then entered Stanford University in 1949, played college football for two years and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Mathias set his first decathlon world record in 1950[2] and led Stanford to a Rose Bowl appearance in 1952. After graduating from Stanford in 1953 with a BA in Education, Mathias spent two and a half years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was promoted to the rank of captain and was honorably discharged.[5]

At Helsinki in 1952, Mathias established himself as one of the world's greatest all-around athletes. He won the decathlon by the astounding margin of 912 points, which established a new world record, and he became the first person to successfully defend an Olympic decathlon title.[6] He returned to the United States as a national hero. His 7,887 point total at the Helsinki Olympics remained the school record at Stanford for 63 years, until it was finally broken in 2015 by a freshman, Harrison Williams.[7] In 1952, he was, therefore, the first person to ever compete in an Olympics and a Rose Bowl the same year. After the 1952 Olympics, Mathias retired from athletic competition. He later became the first director of the United States Olympic Training Center, a post he held from 1977 to 1983.[5]

He and his wife Melba can be seen on the 29th April 1954 edition of You Bet Your Life. During the discussion he mentions a forthcoming film in which the couple played themselves, called The Bob Mathias Story. He also starred in a number of mostly cameo-type roles in a variety of movies and TV shows throughout the 1950s. In the 1959–1960 television season, Mathias played Frank Dugan, with costars Keenan Wynn as Kodiak and Chet Allen as Slats, in the NBC adventure series The Troubleshooters, which focused twenty-six episodes on events at construction sites.[8] In 1960, he also appeared playing an athletic Theseus in an Italian "peplum," or sword-and-sandal, film: Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete.[9]

Political career[edit]

Between 1967 and 1975, Mathias served four terms in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican, representing the northern San Joaquin Valley of California.[3][5] (These were the same eight years in which Ronald Reagan served two terms as Governor of California.) He defeated Harlan Hagen, the 14-year Democratic Party incumbent, by about 11 percent in the 1966 election. This was not too surprising, since this area had started to pull away from its New Deal Democratic roots.

Mathias was re-elected three times without serious difficulty, but in 1974, his district's boundaries were radically altered in a mid-decade redistricting. His district was renumbered as the 17th District, and picked up a large chunk of Fresno while losing several rural areas. Mathias was then narrowly defeated for re-election by John Hans Krebs, a member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. Mathias was one of several Republicans swept out in the wake of the Watergate scandal.

From June to August 1975, Mathias served as the Deputy Director of the Selective Service. Mathias was also involved in the unsuccessful 1976 Presidential re-election campaign of President Gerald Ford.

Death[edit]

Bob Mathias was diagnosed with cancer in 1996, and died as a result in Fresno, California on September 2, 2006 at age 75. He is interred at Tulare Cemetery in Tulare, California. He was survived by wife Gwen, daughters Romel, Megan, Marissa, Alyse Alexander, son Reiner, brothers Eugene and Jim, and sister Patricia Guerrero.[5]

Timeline[edit]

Year Comment
November 17, 1930 Bob Mathias was born, the second of four children (including older brother Eugene, younger brother James, and younger sister Patricia), to Dr. Charles and Lillian Mathias.
1948 At age seventeen, graduated from Tulare high school after an illustrious high school athletic career in football and track and field. Wins National Decathlon Championship at Bloomfield, N.J. According to the movie (starring himself and his wife) "the Bob Mathias Story" he actually did not have enough credits to graduate from high school, after concentrating solely on all the events of the decathlon- and get into Stanford, so his parents sent him to a prep school out of town where he could make up his academic shortcomings and get into college, as he wanted to be a Dr like his father and older brother Eugene.

He qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team and went on to win gold medal in decathlon at the Summer Olympic Games in London, England.

After huge celebration and parade in Tulare, presented with "Key to the City" by Mayor Elmo Zumwalt. Enrolls at Kiskiminetas Prep School, Saltsburg, Pa. Honored with the James E. Sullivan Award, presented each year to America's top amateur athlete.

1949 Won National Decathlon Championship at meet held in Tulare.[2]

Enrolled at Stanford University, where he starred in track and field and in gridiron football.

1950 Won National Decathlon Championship at a meet held in Tulare.[2]
1951 Mathias played football during junior and senior years at Stanford. In the University of Southern California vs. Stanford football game, Mathias returned U.S.C.'s Frank Gifford's kick-off 96 yards for a touchdown.

Spent the summer at U.S. Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego, California.

1952 On New Year's Day, he played fullback for Stanford University in the Rose Bowl.

Won the National Decathlon Championship and Olympic Trials at meet held in Tulare.[2]

Won the Olympic gold medal in the decathlon at Helsinki, Finland, setting a world record.[2]

1953 Graduated from Stanford and commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the U.S. Marine Corps. Drafted by the Washington Redskins, though he never played in National Football League.
1954 Married his first wife, Melba. They later had three daughters, Romel, Megan, and Marissa. Mathias and his wife starred in the movie The Bob Mathias Story.

Entered active duty in the Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant.

1954–56 Visited more than forty countries as America's Good Will Ambassador.
1956–60 Continued work for the State Department as a Good Will Ambassador to the world.

Acting career took off, employed by John Wayne's Batjac Productions. Starred in the movie "China Doll" with Victor Mature, the TV series "The Troubleshooters" with Keenan Wynn, as King Theseus in the movie "Theseus and the Minotaur" and in the movie "It Happened in Athens," opposite Jayne Mansfield.

1966 Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican, serving four two-year terms.
1974 Lost his re-election for fifth term.
Inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame[5][10]
1976 Mathias and Melba are divorced.
1977 Appointed director of U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.[5] Bob and Gwendoyln Alexander married. Gwen has one daughter Alyse, from a prior marriage to Bill Alexander, former U.S. Congressman. Bob also has a son, Reiner, from a prior relationship.

Tulare high school stadium renamed in Mathias's honor.

1983 Appointed executive director of the National Fitness Foundation.
Inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame[5][10]
1988 Returned to the Central Valley, in rural Fresno County.
1996 Olympian Sim Iness died. He was Mathias's high school classmate and teammate at the 1952 Olympics.

Doctors discovered a cancerous tumor in Mathias's throat.

June 6, 1998 "Across the Fields of Gold," a tribute dinner honoring Mathias on the 50th anniversary of his first Olympic medal, was held in Tulare. More than 300 people from throughout the state attended, including Olympic medal-winners Sammy Lee, Bill Toomey, Dave Johnson and Pat McCormick, and Sim Iness' widow, Dolores.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bob Mathias. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ a b c d e f Robert Mathias. trackfield.brinkster.net
  3. ^ a b c
  4. ^ Crowe, Jerry (3 September 2006). "ob Mathias, 75; Decathlon Ace Was Actor, Congressman". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Litsky, Frank (September 3, 2006) Bob Mathias, 75, Decathlete and Politician, Dies. N.Y. Times
  6. ^ Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games: Men's Decathlon Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine.. sports-reference.com
  7. ^ [1] Williams Breaks Record Again; 31 March 2016
  8. ^ IMDb: The Troubleshooters
  9. ^ Bob Mathias (1930–2006). IMDb
  10. ^ a b Bob Mathias Decathlon (Inducted 1974). usatf.org

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
Glenn Morris
World Record Holder for Men's Decathlon
June 30, 1950 – June 11, 1955
Succeeded by
Rafer Johnson
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Harlan Hagen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 18th congressional district

1967–1975
Succeeded by
William M. Ketchum
Party political offices
Preceded by
Everett Dirksen
Gerald Ford
Response to the State of the Union address
1968
Served alongside: Howard Baker, George H. W. Bush, Peter H. Dominick, Gerald Ford, Robert P. Griffin, Thomas Kuchel, Melvin Laird, George Murphy, Richard Harding Poff, Charles H. Percy, Al Quie, Charlotte Reid, Hugh Scott, William A. Steiger, John Tower
Vacant
Title next held by
Donald M. Fraser, Henry M. Jackson, Mike Mansfield, John William McCormack, Patsy Mink, Edmund Muskie, William Proxmire

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