Bobby Morrow

Inducted: 1988

Best Known For: Track & Field

Hometown: San Benito, TX

HS: San Benito High School

College: Abilene Christian College

Professional Team: 1956 Summer Olympic Team


n the pantheon of Valley greats, he stands alone as its only Olympic champion.

Bobby Morrow was a superstar at San Benito High, winning three state titles, and advanced to Abilene Christian College, where he captured 80 of 88 individual races and won 14 championships.

But it was at Melbourne, Australia, in the summer of 1956 where Morrow cemented his place in legend, becoming the first man since Jesse Owens in 1936 to earn three gold medals. He paced the field in the 100 and then overcame a groin strain to set a world record in the 200, capping the incredible showing by helping the sprint relay team to a world mark.

Morrow was named the Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated, appeared on the cover of Time magazine, and down the road would be honored when San Benito named its new football stadium after him.