Burke, Farquher, and Friedman (c. 1942)
- Burke, Farquher, and Friedman (c. 1942)
This black-and-white photograph shows three Springfield College gymnasts performing a triple balance act. The gymnasts are, top to bottom, Roger K. Burke (class of 1942), John C. Farquhar (class of 1942), and Abraham M. Friedman (class of 1942). According to "100 Years of Gymnastics Exhibitions" (2008, 2009), these three men began the tradition of the triple-balance act in 1942, their senior year.
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Frank Wolcott Papers
Springfield College--Gymnastics--Exhibition team
Springfield College--Alumni and alumnae
Burke, Roger K.
Farquhar, John C.
Friedman, Abraham M.
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The history of gymnastics at Springfield College stretches nearly as far back as the school’s founding in 1885. Leslie Judd, widely considered a father of modern gymnastics, was the team’s first coach. Dr. James Naismith, the creator of basketball, was an early member of the team. The Exhibition Team has appeared before thousands of spectators in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In fact, in 1941 the team appeared before thirty-five-thousand spectators in twenty-five cities.