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date: 21 February 2020

Munn, Biggielocked

(11 September 1908–18 March 1975)
  • Douglas A. Noverr

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Munn, Biggie (11 September 1908–18 March 1975), college athlete, coach, and administrator, was born Clarence Lester Munn in Grow Township, Minnesota, the son of H. B. Munn and Jessie (maiden name unknown), farmers. Munn’s father died when he was eight years old, and his mother moved the family to Minneapolis, where Munn attended first Jordan and then Minneapolis North high schools. Even though he had to work before-school and evening jobs in order to help the family, Munn was a three-sport high school star. An All-City fullback from 1925 to 1927, Munn was the captain of the football team in his senior year. He won varsity letters in basketball three years, and as the captain of the track and field team he performed superbly in field and running events, including the javelin and shotput, long jump, discus, relays, and 100-yard dash. In five track meets during his senior year, he averaged four first places in his six events, set state records in the javelin and shotput, and was undefeated in the 100-yard dash, which he ran in 10 seconds. At North High School Munn gained his nickname “Biggie” due to his almost-six-foot height, stocky build, and well over 200-pound weight....

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