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Bobbie Rosenfeld, 1904 - 1969

1904

Born Fanny Rosenfeld in Dneipropetrovsk, Russia on December 28

1905

Family immigrates to Barrie, Ontario

1922

Wins first trophy at Great War Veterans Association Track Meet; family moves to Toronto; begins work at Patterson Chocolate factory and joins their company sponsored Pats Athletic Club

1923

Gains international fame at the Canadian National Exhibition by defeating the world record holder in the 100 meter dash; earns reputation as the world's greatest female all-around athlete as she excels on championship basketball, hockey and softball teams over the next ten years

1924

Wins Toronto Ladies Grass Court Tennis title

1925

Wins shot put, the 220 yard dash, long jump, 120 yard low hurdles and discus, and places second at javelin and the 100 yard dash all in just one day at the Ontario Ladies Track and Field Points Championship

1928

Leads her team to a gold medal in the 400 meter relay, wins a silver medal for the 100 meter dash, and runs fifth in the 800 meter, a race for which she had not even trained, at the first Olympic games to admit women to track and field competition

1929

Struck suddenly by severe arthritis, she is bedridden for 8 months, then forced to use crutches for a year

1931

Returns to hockey and softball upon recovering; leads the league in home runs and is voted the outstanding woman hockey player in Ontario

1933

Forced to retire from sports after a second attack of arthritis at the age of only 29; coaches track and softball; works as a sports columnist for the Montreal Herald

1937

Begins almost 20 years of writing the column "Sports Reel" for the Toronto Globe and Mail; uses her column to advocate for women in athletics as well as covering a wide range of sports

1949

Among the first inductees into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame at its opening

1950

Selected as Canada's Female Athlete of the Half-Century

1957

Retires as columnist; becomes Globe and Mail Public Relations Manager

1966

Leaves the Globe and Mail due to illness

1969

Dies in Toronto on November 14 at age 65

1981

Elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

1996

Canadian Postal Service issues Bobbie Rosenfeld stamp

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