on Monday, August 26 at 9:00 p.m. et, hbo will preview the documentary glickman, about “one of the most revered sportscasters in history.”
A synopsis mentions that “before Marv Albert and Bob Costas, there was Marty Glickman. A talented Jewish-American athlete,” who went on to a pioneering and influential broadcast career for the New York Knicks, Giants and Jets.
But there’s more to the story of one of the most recognizable sports voices in New York sports history.
glickman was involved in a historic event at the 1936 berlin olympics, which has since gone dark, and will always be inextricably linked to the rise of legendary black runner jesse owens.
here’s the rest of that story.
On August 14, 1917, Martin “Marty” Glickman was born in the Bronx, New York, to Jewish immigrant parents. He attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn, where he was a standout sprinter who dominated nationally, according to Haaretz.
daily news claims that glickman was even known as the “flatbush flash” in his speedy youth in brooklyn.
while at syracuse university, glickman qualified for the united states olympic 4×100 meter relay team. He and another Jewish sprinter, Sam Stoller, traveled abroad to Germany in 1936 to form one half of the relay; they just would never get a chance to compete.
between august 1 and 16, the summer olympic games were held in berlin, in nazi germany; hitler’s germany.
The ceremonies began in the Olympic stadium built by the Nazi regime: the 110,000-capacity mammoth built under the direction of Joseph Goebbels to show Aryan supremacy and a “new Germany”, as the historic site points out.
Just before the 4×100-meter relay trials, however, Glickman and Stoller, then a student at the University of Michigan, were replaced.
Two new American sprinters took the place of the two Jewish-American student-athletes.
The new quartet won gold at the event, setting a world record (39.8 seconds) that stood for 20 years and entered us annals. uu. sports tradition forever.
the names of the replacement runners?
Jesse Owens and Ralph Metcalfe—both famous African-American athletes and sprinters.
The 1936 Games created the legend of Jesse Owens because he won an impressive four gold medals, earning him the distinction as the most decorated athlete in the Olympiad.
the fourth gold medal was the 4×100 relay.
one of the longstanding myths of those berlin games concerns hitler’s alleged racist contempt for owens in claiming his first gold medal in the 100m.
The chancellor was said to have deliberately avoided recognizing owens’ achievements, despite shaking hands with the other competitors, as the notion of a victorious and formidable African-American threatened Nazi claims of a master race.
But that myth has been countered numerous times, such as in this Daily Mail article, in which Allan Hall testifies on the 1936 indictment:
or so the story goes.
But now a veteran sports reporter in Germany has come forward to claim that although Hitler left the stadium after the race, it was not before shaking hands with Owens.
Siegfried Mischner, 83, claims Owens carried a photograph in his wallet of the Führer doing just that.
This truth not only mitigates the alleged racism towards Owens, but also underscores the forgotten side of the story: the overt anti-Semitism against Glickman and his teammate; but not only by nazi germany.
Jewish-Americans were superseded and snubbed by the decisions of their own country’s Olympic committee.
As the daily news reports, the HBO documentary brings something else to light:
james l. freedman, the producer of a documentary called “glickman” that makes its debut on hbo on august 1st. 26, says that Usoc President Avery Brundage replaced Glickman and another Jewish athlete, Sam Stoller, at the last minute to appease Adolf Hitler.
The image is further confused by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s claim, on the other hand, that “various reasons were given for the change. The trainers claimed they needed their fastest runners to win the race “; But also coinciding, in part, with the daily news, that “Glickman has said that coach Dean Cromwell and Avery Brundage were motivated by anti-Semitism and a desire to spare the Führer the embarrassing sight of two Jewish Americans on the winning podium.” /p>
Denying the reasons for anti-Semitism, a 21-year-old Stoller simply recorded “the incident in his diary as ‘the most humiliating episode’ of his life,” according to the memorial’s website.
but, as the daily news writes, the documentary’s producer, freedman, claims to have an additional damning insight: “but wait, there’s more: freedman says hitler rewarded brundage two years later by giving the construction company of brundage the contract to build the german embassy in washington, dc.”
Glickman, as will be documented on August 26, enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II, which, among other consequences, resulted in the collapse of Hitler’s Third Reich in 1945.
After the war, he embarked on an extremely successful television career, covering New York sports and even “endearing himself to New Yorkers as the voice of the soccer giants during their ‘golden age’ of the years.” 50 and 60. ” according to hbo.com.
He coined catchphrases like the staccato “swish” and invented much of the terminology in broadcasting still in use today.
glickman passed away on January 3, 2001 and, as explained in part below on the documentary’s website, his inability to compete on the united states track team due to his religion did not stop him from trying to open doors for others. later in life:
[he] dedicated his life to helping children, in addition to working with new york city high schools and the police athletic league, among others. Marty Glickman was a lifelong advocate of sports as a means to transcend divisions created by race, class, and religion.
This forgotten history of the 1936 Olympics is extremely interesting, and its link to Jesse Owens’ rise to the world stage is even more intriguing.
This upcoming documentary and subsequent speech should help ensure that the Jewish American’s story is not ignored much longer and that his legacy, beyond his innovations in broadcasting, is more emphasized in the future.
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