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row2k Reader Submitted Wayback Photos - Fordham
September 9, 2020
James Sciales and Adam Bruce, row2k.com

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The first Fordham Crew practicing on the Harlem River in New York City, near Yankee Stadium. Courtesy of James Sciales

The first Fordham Crew practicing on the Harlem River in New York City, near Yankee Stadium. Courtesy of James Sciales - Click for full-size image!
Olympic champion John J. Mulcahy, founder and coach of Fordham Rowing. Courtesy of James Sciales - Click for full-size image!
The Fordham University boathouse on the Harlem River. Courtesy of James Sciales - Click for full-size image!
Fordham V8 launching at the NYAC boathouse (late 1950s) with coach John J. Sulger, an alumnus who was a former Olympic Committee official and past president of the NAAO. Courtesy of James Sciales - Click for full-size image!
Fordham varsity eight practicing on the Harlem River in the early 1970s. Courtesy of James Sciales - Click for full-size image!
Article on the inaugural race of the Fordham University Crew on May 31, 1915, against Columbia, at the annual Decoration Day Regatta on the Harlem River in New York City. Courtesy of James Sciales - Click for full-size image!
Article on the inaugural race of the Fordham University Crew on May 31, 1915, against Columbia, at the annual Decoration Day Regatta on the Harlem River in New York City. Courtesy of James Sciales - Click for full-size image!
The only known photo of Fordham's inaugural race pitting their novice crew against the Columbia junior varsity (it is an early slide). Courtesy of James Sciales. - Click for full-size image!


It's Wednesday and we are back with another reader submitted Wayback feature. This week's feature comes courtesy of row2k reader James Sciales. He was able to track down a collection of photos from the Fordham Rowing Archives. These photos include the inaugural race of Fordham University Crew on May 31, 1915. The race was against Columbia at the annual Decoration Day Regatta on the Harlem River in New York City.

Fordham Rowing was founded and coached by John J. Mulcahy, an alumnus of the Fordham class of 1894. Mulcahy had won gold and silver medals in the double and pair at the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, MO. Mulcahy was a legendary figure in American rowing who was elected to the National Rowing Hall of Fame in 1956 and the Fordham Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. Additional information can be found here.

The last photo in this feature is an early slide projector image of the inaugural Fordham race. This slide was recently discovered on eBay and is the only picture known to exist of Fordham’s inaugural race. This race was covered extensively by the media, including The New York Times. It was popular during the early 1900s for people to buy slides of current events before the dawn of radio, TV, and the Internet.

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gingoldj
09/09/2020  12:41:43 PM
Great post! These pictures arer included in the archives of the Empire State Rowing Association (ESRA) as well as Fordham Alumni (both of which James is highly affiliated). We live for the day when rowing on the Harlem River can thrive as much as it did back then. Excelsior!



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