Meyer, Fred : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Meyer, Fred

Frederick Meyer

Sport:
wrestling

Country Represented:
United States

Years Competed:
1920

Medals Received:
bronze

Olympic Info:
A member of the United States wrestling team at the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games, Meyer won the bronze medal in the heavyweight division (freestyle).

Career Highlights:
Meyer began wrestling at the Chicago Hebrew Institute (later known as the Jewish People's Institute) and at a 1918 tournament, won two weight classes, the last time that phenomenon occurred in American amateur wrestling. Meyer was the U.S. National Champion in the heavyweight division in 1921 and 1922 before turning professional in 1923. He competed for over twenty years.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. May 17, 1900

Origin:
Chicago, Illinois


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References:
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
The Jewish Almanac, edited by Richard Siegel and Carl Rheins (New York: Bantam Books, 1980)


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