Born November 27, 1942, Detroit, Mich.
One of the greatest long sprinters in USA track and field history during the early 1960s, Henry Carr was an outstanding high school sprinter in Detroit, Mich., before also starring at Arizona State University. While competing for the Sun Devils, he won or tied for three national titles, and set world records in the 200, 220 and 4 x 440 relay.
It was at the 1964 Olympics, however, where Carr achieved his greatest fame, winning the 200 and anchoring the winning 4 x 400-meters relay. He was top ranked in the world in the 200 in 1963 and 1964. He lowered the world 200 record several times, finally running 20.36 while winning the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo. After college, he played professional football for the New York Giants.