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Joe Lydon

Full name: Joseph Patrick "Joe" Lydon
Gender: Male
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: February 2, 1878 in Swinford, Mayo, Ireland
Died: August 19, 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Affiliations: St. Louis Central YMCA / 1st Regiment / Christian Brothers' College, St. Louis
Country: USA United States
Sport: Boxing, Football

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Joe Lydon is distinguished among American Olympians as having won Olympic medals in two truly disparate sports. Lydon was probably the outstanding athlete at the CBC school in 1904 and when an Olympic soccer tournament was scheduled, school officials approached him about organizing a soccer team, which he did. But in addition, Lydon boxed in the Olympics, losing in the welterweight semi-finals to Harry Spanjer. Besides boxing and soccer, Lydon was an outstanding track star. He was primarily a sprinter, with a best time of 49.0 in the 440 yds. – heady stuff for 1904. Lydon began his business career as a whiskey salesman before prohibition hit the country. He also served as superintendent of St. Louis streets from 1901 until 1909. From 1918 until his death, Joe Lydon ran his own company, the Joseph P. Lydon Oil Company. However, a hobby took up much of his time. He raised beagles and was a charter member of the St. Louis AKC Beagle Club.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 26 St. Louis Football Men's Football Christian Brothers' College-1 USA 2 Silver
1904 Summer 26 St. Louis Boxing Men's Lightweight United States USA 4T
1904 Summer 26 St. Louis Boxing Men's Welterweight United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's Football

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G
1904 Summer 26 St. Louis Football Christian Brothers' College-1 USA Final Standings 2 1904-11-16 0
1904 Summer 26 St. Louis Football Christian Brothers' College-1 USA Round-Robin Replay #3 1 1904-11-23 Christian Brothers' College-1 2, St. Rose-2 0
1904 Summer 26 St. Louis Football Christian Brothers' College-1 USA Round-Robin Match #1 2 1904-11-16 Galt Football Club 7, Christian Brothers' College-1 0 0
1904 Summer 26 St. Louis Football Christian Brothers' College-1 USA Round-Robin Match #3 1T 1904-11-18 St. Rose-2 0, Christian Brothers' College-1 0 0

Men's Lightweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1904 Summer 26 St. Louis Boxing United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #4 2 1904-09-21 Floyd (USA) , Lydon (USA)

Men's Welterweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1904 Summer 26 St. Louis Boxing United States USA Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1904-09-21 Spanjer (USA) , Lydon (USA)