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"Bobby" Kerr 1882-1963

Bobby Kerr 1882-1963

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Bobby Kerr 1882-1963

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted February, 2011

Bobby Kerr 1882-1963

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Plaque Location

The City of Hamilton
On the southeast corner of Palmer Road and Reno Avenue
a block south of Mohawk Road East and
a block east of Upper Gage Avenue


Coordinates: N 43 13.045 W 79 50.447

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Plaque Text

Born in Ireland, Kerr came to Canada in 1887 with his parents who settled in Hamilton two years later. He earned civic recognition at the 1902 Coronation Games where he won sprint and middle distance races. His exceptionally quick start placed him in the forefront of Canadian sprinters and in 1907 he won some 40 events. His greatest feats, however, were accomplished in 1908 when he won the 100 and 200 yards at the British Championships and gave Canada a gold medal with a memorable victory in the 200-metre event at the Olympic Games in London. He remained active in international competition for 25 years serving as Captain of the Olympic track team (1928) and manager of the track and field division (1932).

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