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1975 Steve Prefontaine Final Race Program & Original Snapshot Photographs from the Day Before His Death....

2012 October 25 - 27 Vintage Sports Collectibles Signature Auction- Dallas #7065

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Auction Ended On: Oct 26, 2012
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Location: Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219

1975 Steve Prefontaine Final Race Program & Original Snapshot Photographs from the Day Before His Death. Steve Prefontaine once held the American record in the seven distance track events from the 2,000 meters to the 10,000 meters and was considered one of the greatest American runners of all time. He was killed at the age of twenty-four in an automobile accident, leaving a nation of track fans to forever wonder what might have been. Here we present a fascinating collection of photographs and what we believe may be the only surviving program from his final race, just a day before the accident that claimed his life.

On May 30, 1975, returning from a party, after dropping off friend and distance champion Frank Shorter, Prefontaine was driving down Skyline Boulevard, east of the University of Oregon campus near Hendricks Park when his orange 1973 MGB convertible swerved into a rock wall and flipped. The overturned car trapped Prefontaine beneath it. The first witness on the scene, a nearby resident, ran outside and found Prefontaine flat on his back, still alive but pinned beneath the wreck. After trying and failing to lift the vehicle, the bystander ran to get help. By the time he returned with others, the weight of the car had crushed Prefontaine's chest, killing him. At the time of his death, his blood alcohol concentration was .16.

Presented is the incredibly rare NCAA Preparation Meet official program and scorecard at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, dated May 29, 1975. It pictures Pre and Frank Shorter on the cover. The four-page program exhibits general handling wear but no damage. This lot includes several news clippings from the newspaper in Eugene, Oregon all dated May 30 - June 1, 1975 (this was the best coverage in the world regarding his death). Finally, we have six color photographs on Kodak paper of Pre at the race taken from a distance. They all measure 3x5.5" and have never been seen before. This entire grouping was sourced from a woman whose father was at the race that day.

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