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University of Kansas letter sweater. Man's wool, v-neck, long-sleeved, pullover sweater with a large blue "K" sewn to chest. Glenn Cunningham wore this sweater while attending the University of Kansas from 1930 to 1933. The sweater is most likely a letter sweater worn by athletes. Cunningham was one of the world's top middle distance runners in the 1930s. He was known as the "Kansas Ironman," as well as the "Elkhart Express" and the "Kansas Flyer." He was born in Atlanta, Kansas,and grew up in Elkhart, Kansas. In 1917, at age seven, he suffered severe burns to his legs in a schoolhouse fire and doctors told him that he would never walk again. Despite this prognosis, Cunningham became one of the premiere runners of the 1930s. He first came to national attention as a senior at Elkhart High School, where he won many state and national titles, including setting the world prep record for the mile at the National Interscholastic Meet. He then attended the University of Kansas, where he won six conference mile runs, two NCAA titles, and eight AAU national titles. He competed in the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles and placed fourth in the 1500M. In the 1936 Olympics he finished second to Jack Lovelock of New Zealand. In 1936 he also broke the world record for 800M. He broke the world record for the mile in 1934 and again in 1938. He also broke the indoor record for the 1500M and the mile seven times. Cunningham retired from racing in 1940.

Date: between 1930 and 1933

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Item Number: 312394
KSHS Identifier: 2015.29.2

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