Charles Hewes “Crip” Moore

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Charles Hewes “Crip” Moore
Track & Field • Coatesville

Charles Hewes “Crip” Moore (1901-1983) attended Coatesville High School through 11th grade and lettered in 5 sports (football, basketball, baseball, swimming and track - his favorite) he captained the track team and anchored winning the mile relay at Penn Relays in 1920.

During this time, he was a camper and counselor at the YMCA camp along the Chesapeake Bay, where he nearly cut off a toe stepping on a shell. This led to the nickname “Crippled”, later shortened to “Crip”, which was how he was known for the rest of his life.

He attended Mercersburg Academy for his Senior and PG years. Anchored the winning Prep School mile relay in the Penn Relays in his senior year and started hurdling the following year, becoming one of best hurdlers in all prep schools.

He entered Penn State in 1923 and as a freshman, won the 120-yard high hurdles at the Penn Relays in 15.4; as a sophomore (1924), won the IC4A 120-yard high hurdles in 15.2 and set the world indoor record in the IC4A 70-yard high hurdles. In the final US Olympic high hurdle tryouts, he hit the 9th and 10th hurdles and finished 5th (4 qualified to represent US in Olympic Games in Paris in 1924).

Because of his commanding performances and times in the IC4As that year, the US Olympic track coaches decided to include Moore as an alternate, with the intention of running trials in Paris to see who would run. This was superseded by a last minute IOC ruling that each country had to run their athletes in the order they finished in their national tryouts. So while a member of the US Olympic team, “Crip” did not get to compete.

Following the Games and some competitions in Europe, he returned to Chester County and reported to work in the new steel forge and press shop his father was just starting. Shortly afterward, the four fingers of his right hand were caught under a press and he lost those fingers. Nonetheless, he bravely recovered and competed for Penn State his final two years, captaining the track team and winning the 120-yard high hurdles in the Penn Relays in 14.8, his best time ever and better than the winning time in the Olympics in Paris in 1924. In addition, he was Vice President of his class, member of Sigma Nu fraternity and served on the boards of Student Tribunal and YMCA Advisory.

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