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Frank Nelson

Born: May 22, 1887

Death: Jul 16, 1970

Nationality: United States

Frank Nelson

Date of Birth : May 22, 1887
Date of Death : Jul 16, 1970

Frank Nelson was an American athlete and baseball player who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and died in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Nelson competed for the United States in the 1912 Summer Olympics held in Stockholm, Sweden in the pole vault where he won the silver medal. At the same Olympics he competed in the baseball event, which was held as demonstration sport. Nelson was one of four Americans who played for the Swedish team. He graduated from Lawrenceville, class of 1906, and Yale, class of 1910. He was a lifelong member of the Les Cheneaux Club on Marquette Island in northern Lake Huron. Nelson also attended the all-boys Detroit University School from 1900 through his junior year, 1905. The school is now known as University Liggett School, located in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. Nelson's classmate John Neil Patterson DUS '06 was a member of the 1908 USA Olympic team as a high jumper and a hurdler. Nelson was a late replacement in the pole vault competition for Paul Maxon, another 1906 DUS graduate.

Also known as


  • Frank Thayer Nelson
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