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Bill Horr

Enshrined 2011

A native of Munnsville, Bill Horr was Syracuse University's  first athlete to achieve world-class fame in two sports, football and track. He was the school's first football All-American and an Olympic track and field star.

Following an outstanding sports career at Munnsville High School, Bill attended Colgate Academy for a year before enrolling at Syracuse. He played football and track each year from 1905 - 1909. In 1908, he was named to the Walter Camp All-America football team. 

In 1906 through 1908, Horr was SU's and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) discus champion. On June 21, 1908, he set the world discus mark with a toss of 142 feet,  1 3/4 inches. That year he also defeated the legendary Olympian Jim Thorpe in a dual meet against Carlisle.

Horr won a silver medal in the 1908 Olympic Greek style discus throw and a bronze in the freestyle discus event. 

In 1909, Horr won the national championship in shot put, hammer throw and discus events. It was the same year he finished Law School at Syracuse.

In 1910 he coached football at Northwestern and moved onto Purdue as a line coach from 1911 through 1913. He finally came home to the Orange and served as SU's line coach from 1914 to 1923.

Bill Hor was company attorney for American Liability Insurance until his retirement in 1946. He resided on West Seneca Turnpike until his passing in 1955.

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