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Tolan, Thomas Edwardlocked

(29 September 1909–31 January 1967)
  • Adam R. Hornbuckle


Tolan, Thomas Edward (29 September 1909–31 January 1967), track and field athlete, was born in Denver, Colorado, the son of Edward Tolan and Alice (maiden name unknown). When Tolan was a youngster, his parents moved first to Salt Lake City, Utah, and then to Detroit, Michigan, in search of better employment opportunities. In Detroit he received his secondary education at Cass Technical High School. Tolan, who played quarterback on the football team and sprinted on the track team, garnered national attention through his exceptional running ability. The highlight of his high school football career came in 1926, when the 5′ 7″, 140-pound speedster rushed for six touchdowns against rival Western High School. Although a subsequent knee injury limited his gridiron ability, Tolan in 1927 ran 100 yards in 9.8 seconds, establishing a Michigan state high school record....

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