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Connolly, Haroldlocked

(01 August 1931–18 August 2010)
  • Andrew McGregor

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Connolly, Harold (01 August 1931–18 August 2010), Olympic athlete, administrator, and teacher, was born Harold Vincent “Hal” Connolly, Jr., in Somerville, Massachusetts, to Margaret Connolly and Harold Connolly, Sr., working-class Irish Americans. He was raised in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston. Complications during his birth resulted in a fractured left arm and nerve damage. As a result of this initial trauma, and repeated fractures as a child, his left arm grew to be four and a half inches shorter than his right arm. Likewise, his left hand was two-thirds the size of his right. Despite these obstacles Connolly persevered in the world of sports....

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