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Hajos, Alfred

Alfred Guttman

Hajos, who began his atletic career as a competitive swimmer, was also a member of the first Hungarian National soccer team. He is a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (as a swimmer) and the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. Feb. 1, 1878 - d. Nov. 12, 1955

Career Highlights:
Hajos, who was the first-ever swimming gold medalist at the 1896 Athens Games, was a member of the first Hungarian National soccer team in 1901. That year, he won the only cap (international appearance) of his career. A member of the club team BTC, Hajos helped his squad win the Hungarian League championship in 1901 and 1902 (he played forward). He later worked in soccer administration and was at one time the managing director of the Hungarian Football Union.

Origin:
Budapest, Hungary


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References:
Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, by Joseph Seigman (Washington, D.C.: Brassey's, 2000)
Great Jews in Sports by Robert Slater (New York: Jonathan David Publishers, 2000)
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
From the Ghetto to the Games: Jewish Athletes in Hungary, by Andrew Handler (Boulder, Colorado: East European Monographs, 1985)


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