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Eagan, Eddie (26 April 1898–14 June 1967), Olympic champion in boxing and bobsled, was born Edward Patrick Francis in Denver, Colorado, the son of Clara Bartholemew and John William Eagan, a railroad engineer who died soon after his birth. Eddie’s mother taught German and French to support the family. From an early age, he was fascinated by sports. The Frank Merriwell at Yale stories were particular favorites, and young Eagan took up boxing. In 1914 he won a boxing championship of the city of Denver and earned an academic scholarship at the University of Denver. He won the western amateur middleweight title before entering the U.S. Army upon the nation’s entry into World War I in 1917. Also during that year he transferred his academic credits to Yale University and left for Europe as a lieutenant of field artillery. In 1918, in Paris, he won the American Expeditionary Force and Inter-Allied Games middleweight titles....

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Grey, Clifford (05 January 1887–25 September 1941), librettist, lyricist, and bobsledder, was born Percival Davis in Birmingham, England, the son of George Davis, a whip manufacturer, and Emma Lowe Davis. He was educated at the Camp Hill School for Boys, one of the schools of King Edward the Sixth in Birmingham, winning Latin and English prizes and becoming interested in theatrics....

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Clifford Grey. Second from left, with his Olympic bobsled teammates, Jay OBrien at far left, Edward F. Eagan, second from right, and William Fiske at far right. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.