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Eulace Peacock

Eulace Peacock

Eulace Peacock was born on August 27, 1914, in Dothan, a small town in Alabama, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Peacock. Eulace was a babe in arms when his family moved from Dothan to Vaux Hall, New Jersey. It was here that, as an 11-yar old fifth grader, he attracted the attention of the coach at Union High School when he turned in a 15-foot broad jump.

By the time Peacock graduated from Union High School in 1934 he had become a scholastic legend. He gained all-New Jersey State honors in football and inscribed New Jersey marks in the scholastic record books of 9.7 for the 100 yard dash; 21.7 for the 220 yard competition; the oldest record in high school circles--24’ 4 ½ for the long jump standard.

Numerous colleges throughout the nation dangled scholarship offers before Peacock, but they were all rejected in favor of a football scholarship to Temple University, where he hoped to follow in the footsteps of an older brother, James.

It was his dream to play college football under the famous Temple coach, Glenn “Pop” Warner, but fear of injury before the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin kept him off the gridiron. However, it was a track injury, a hamstring pull, first suffered in Milan, Italy, in 1935, that eventually terminated his Olympic ambitions.

The prevalent belief that Peacock might have outshone the immortal Jesse Owens came as a result of the 1935 National Amateur Athletic Union Outdoor Championships at Lincoln, Nebraska. Peacock defeated his famous rival in both the 100 meter dash and in the long jump.

However, an aggravation of the same hamstring pull in the 1936 Pennsylvania Relays was the final blow and shut the door forever on his chances for a place on the Olympic team.

After graduation from Temple in 1937, Peacock joined the Internal Revenue Departure, and then served with the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II for four years

In 1933, 1934, 1937, 1943, 1944, and 1945 Peacock held the National Amateur Athletic Union pentathlon championship (running broad jump, javelin throw, 200-meter race, discus throw, 1500-meter flat race). Among his stellar performances are a 10.2 time for the 100 meter dash in 1935; a 26’ 3” leap in the long jump in 1935; and a 10.3 mark in the 100 meter dash, made in Oslo, Norway.

The Peacock family moved to Yonkers in 1948 and in 1954. Eulace was inducted in the Helms Hall of Fame in California, where the names and records of America’s premier track and field athletes are inscribed for posterity. In 1969 he was installed as a member of the Temple University Hall of Fame. At the present time he is recognized as an outstanding official whose enthusiasm services college and Amateur Athletic Union track and field meets up and down the Eastern seaboard.