March 21, 2010
Eddie Hamm of Lonoke (Lonoke County) was perhaps the greatest athlete produced by the state in the first half of the twentieth century. As a track-and-field star, he set many state records, and, at the U.S. Olympic trials in 1928, he set a world record in the long jump. Later that year, at the Olympic Games in Amsterdam, he set the Olympic long-jump record. The flyer shown here promotes Hamm and other athletes the summer following his Olympic triumph.