HOLY JUMPING…: Money from St. Louis fills the pocket of a memorabilia collector, now that a medal from the 1904 Olympics has been auctioned off.
On Thursday, an unidentified buyer submitted the winning bid of $82,499 for a silver medal awarded to Daniel Franks of the United States, who finished second in the long jump (now known as the long jump) .
The item was offered by Boston’s RR Auction in a sale that began in December and included more than 200 items.
Frank, a New Yorker who died in 1965, won the silver medal with a jump of 22 feet, 7.75 inches – more than a foot from the winning jump performed by Myer Prinstein, also of the United States.
The St. Louis Olympics field events were held at Francis Field on the University of Washington campus.
The medal was designed and minted by Dieges & Clust of New York, a company that has cast many military and sports medals, including the original Heisman Trophy.
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Among the ornaments of the medal are engravings which identify the event as well as “1904, Universal Exhibition, Olympic Games, Saint-Louis”.
The item was accompanied by a leather slipcase and an album containing over 100 newspaper articles about Frank’s sporting achievements.
In June 2018, a gold medal from the St. Louis Games sold for $125,000. The medal was awarded to George Louis Redlein of the Buffalo Germans basketball team.
Basketball was a demonstration sport at the St. Louis games and the competition featured only six teams. Two of those teams were from St. Louis: the Missouri Athletic Club and the Central YMCA.
ROMAN NOTES: The Roman Catholic Foundation has appointed Joe Bestgen as the new CEO.
Bestgen will take over on January 31. He succeeds founder Mark Guyol, who will remain with the foundation as a senior advisor.
The foundation was established in 2013 to financially assist Catholic ministries, parishes and schools in the STL area.
Most recently, Bestgen was chief executive of Marygrove, a Catholic charity agency that provides residential treatment for children and young adults. He had been there since June 2018.
GREEN MILE (ISH): Dormant for two years, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Dogtown neighborhood returns.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians reports that more than 90 floats are set to take part in the procession, which starts at 11 a.m. on March 17 on Tamm and Oakland Avenues, then travels through Tamm to Manchester Avenue.
After the parade, the Dogtown Irish Festival will begin. The event had also been canceled for the past two years due to COVID-19.
ROOTED FOR STEM: Good reasons abound why cool kids (aka: smart and hardworking) gravitate toward STEM, the acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in these fields are expected to grow more than 10% by 2030, with an annual income of $89,780, compared to $40,020 for non-STEM jobs.
It is therefore comforting to know that the region of Saint-Louis is not left out.
Our mighty metro is ranked 17th out of the 100 largest metropolitan areas, according to personal finance website WalletHub.
The ranking focused on three STEM fields:
In the area of ”career opportunities”, STL finished 16th.
This category looked at factors such as job openings for STEM graduates, share of the workforce in tech jobs, job growth, and median salary.
We finished 30th in “quality of life,” which included housing affordability, recreation opportunities, and family friendliness.
Although in the top half of metros, our lowest index (#36) was in the “STEM friendliness” area.
Criteria included math performance, number of quality engineering schools, gender disparity in STEM professions, and research and development spending.
Among neighboring metro areas, only Cincinnati finished higher, at No. 11.
The remaining neighboring metros finished as follows: Chicago (29), Nashville (43), Kansas City (58), Indianapolis (69), Louisville (73) and Memphis (96).
The best of the great metros was Seattle; the worst, Jackson, Mississippi.