Rice Institute Owls track and field runner Preacher Lindsey
Rice Athletic Hall of Fame (poor quality image)
Black and white photograph of Rice Institute Owls track and field athlete and football player Marion Lee "Preacher" Lindsey, class of 1922, headlining his achievement into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: So fast he won the Southwest Conference 100-yard championship in 1921 and 1922 and on another occasion unofficially tied Charlie Paddock’s then world record of 9 3/5ths . . . so strong he won the SWC championship in the shotput in 1920 and 1921 . . . so agile and talented he was a star halfback on the fine Rice football team of 1917 even though he had never seen a football game before . . . the late MARION LEE “PREACHER” LINDSEY (Class of 1922) is believed by many old-timers to be the greatest natural athlete Rice ever has had. He might have had an even greater record. A knee injury kept him from playing but one year of football. It must have handicapped him in track-field. Son of a Methodist minister, “Preacher” came from Timpson High. There he had won the state high school track and field championship as a one-man team. On Aug. 24, 1928, Lloyd Gregory in his “Looking ‘Em Over” column in The Houston Post-Dispatch wrote: “It matters not how brilliant Rice athletes of the future may be. ‘Preacher’ Lindsey, who died Wednesday, always will be listed in Rice annals as one of the mightiest and worthiest athletes ever to don the Blue and the Gray.”
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