George Poage’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

November 6, 1880

Death Date

Apr 11, 1962

Age of Death

81 years

Cause of Death

N/A

Place of Death

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Profession

Runner

The runner George Poage died at the age of 81. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Winner of two bronze medals at the 1904 Olympics in the 200 and 400 meter hurdles. He was the first African-American to win an Olympic medal.

Enrolling at the University of Wisconsin, he joined its track team his sophomore year, becoming the university’s first track athlete.

Competing at the Olympics despite a called boycott by the black community due to the segregated public facilities, he won bronze medals in both the 220-yard and 440-yard hurdles.

He was born in Hannibal, Missouri, moving with his family to LaCrosse, Wisconsin, at a young age.

Like Jackie Robinson after him, he helped break the color line in sports, and chipped away at the popular perception of white racial superiority.