THIS DAY IN NY SPORTS HISTORY
Thursday, Jan. 25, 1968
Seagren sets mark at Millrose
Bob Seagren set an indoor pole vault record of 17 feet, 4 1/4 inches in the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden. The year 1968 was memorable for the Pomona, Calif., native who took home Olympic gold at the '68 Games in Mexico City over West Germany's Claus Schiprowski (silver) and East Germany's Wolfgang Nordwig (bronze).
One of the world's most dominant pole vaulters in the late 1960s and early '70s, Seagren won the silver medal at Munich in 1972 behind gold-medalist Nordwig. Seagren broke the world record six times in the pole vault, and set 15 world marks, including a personal best 18-5 3/4 in 1972.
The former Southern Cal captain helped the Trojans to the 1967 NCAA indoor crown, and a pair of NCAA outdoor team titles in 1967 and '68. He captured the NCAA pole vault title three times - once indoors (1967), and twice outdoors (1967, '69).
A member of the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame, Seagren won the inaugural American Superstars sports competition in 1973, and the World Superstars in 1977.
Seagren has been productive away from track and field, too. He has more than a dozen credits to his name as an actor, including a stint in 1978 on the ABC sitcom, "Soap."
Today, Seagren, 64, is CEO of International City Racing in Long Beach, Calif.