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William Sadlo

Hometown: Bronx, New York
Gender: Male

About William

Articles about his exploits graced the New York Times with headlines like ‘Grandfather Swims to Glory.’ A specialist in distance swimming, William Sadlo, Jr. twice successfully swam around Manhattan Island, and on another occasion swam from Steeplechase Pier at Coney Island to the Battery.

In one attempt to swim from the Battery to what is now Liberty Island, and at the age of 23, Sadlo was carried off by a swift ebb tide. Friends and patrol boats searched for him fruitlessly, only to be greeted by a freshly-clothed Sadlo back at his starting point several hours later - the tide had carried him to South Brooklyn. And apparently, in an effort to make himself more visible to passing harbor boats, Sadlo had also decided to make the journey in the nude.

Sadlo was a regular fixture at the Canadian National Exposition swimming contests, during which the water sometimes barely topped 50 degrees, and was the first American to swim thirty-two miles across Lake Ontario. Memorialized as ‘the swimming grandfather,’ he had seven grandchildren by the time he died, in Queens on August 7, 1959. Yet, his swimming experiences surely paled to the challenge of having been a public school swimming teacher in the Bronx.

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Swim History

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Articles and Press Releases

ArticlesDateTypePublicationAuthorText
SADLO SUCCEEDS IN SWIM AROUND MANHATTAN ISLE07/02/28ArticleChicago Tribune Show article image New York, Ju
SWIM HARBOR TO TEST EFFICACY OF GREASE10/31/27ArticleThe New York Times Show article image Two Youths,
SADLO AGAIN SWIMS AROUND MANHATTAN07/02/28ArticleThe New York Times Show article image Instructor in
SWIM HARBOR TO TEST EFFICACY OF GREASE10/31/27ArticleThe New York Times SWIM HARBOR TO TEST EFFICACY OF GREASE SWIMMERS ORGANIZE INTERNATIONAL BODY09/21/27ArticleThe New York Times SWIMMERS ORGANIZE INTERNATIONAL BODY No records found.