A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 06, 2005
Millrose Games & Wanamaker Mile
The Millrose Games is Madison Square Garden's longest-running sporting event, since 1908. The Millrose features the Wanamaker Mile, named after department store merchant Rodman Wanamaker.

http://www.millrosegames.com/facts.htm
What: : The 98th Annual Millrose Games
When : Friday, February 4, 2005, 6:30 PM
Where : Madison Square Garden, New York City

History : The nation's greatest indoor track meet, the Millrose Games has been a sporting fixture in New York City since 1908 and is the oldest sporting event in Madison Square Garden history. 87 world indoor records have been set or equaled and 119 Millrose Games winners are Olympic champions. In addition, 22 medals were won at the 2004 Athens Olympics by past Millrose Games participants.

Events : In 2004, the 40 event schedule was comprised 10 high school, 9 collegiate, 17 invitational and 4 youth events. In 2005, the same composition is anticipated including the Wanamaker Mile, hurdles and dashes, pole vaults and the Fastest Kid in New York races. Invitational events will feature world class athletes and Olympians.

Operator : Since 2004, the Millrose Games has been operated by Pro Sports & Entertainment, Inc. (PSEI). Headquartered in Los Angeles, PSEI is an owner, operator and marketer of live sporting and entertainment events. Visit http://www.prosportsinc.com for more about this dynamic company.

Community: The Millrose Games has undertaken a series of initiatives and events for the betterment of New York's youth and its community, including the Fastest Kid in New York Race, High School Events, the Learn By Doing Clinic and the Shot Put Exhibition in Rockefeller Center. In addition, the Millrose Games provides funding to local track teams through its Group Fund Raiser Ticket Sales Program

http://www.nyc.gov/html/sports/html/millrose_history.html
The Millrose Games

New York City has held the distinction of hosting the world's greatest indoor track meet, the Millrose Games, since 1908. Madison Square Garden has been the home of the Millrose Games since 1914, making it the longest running sporting event in Garden history. As part of the prestigious USA Track & Field "Golden Spike Tour," the Millrose Games continues to bring the finest athletes in Track & Field to Madison Square Garden each winter.

In the 94 year history of the Millrose Games, a remarkable 86 world records have been tied or set and 117 Millrose winners have been Olympic Champions. The list of participants, past and present, includes names such as Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Gail Devers, Stacey Dragila and Maurice Green.
The most celebrated event of the Millrose Games is the famed Wanamaker Mile, named in the early 1900s in honor of the head of the Wanamaker Department Store in New York City, Rodman Wanamaker. The Wanamaker Mile is run at the unconventional time of 10 PM, continuing a tradition started by the legendary sports announcer Ted Husing. Mr. Husing annually would broadcast the race live during the nightly news.

In 1999, the Millrose Hall of Fame was instituted to honor the finest performers in the storied history of the Millrose Games. New York City is proud to honor the Millrose Hall-of-Famers and to continue the tradition of bringing the greatest Track & Field athletes to Madison Square Garden.

25 January 1917, New York Times, pg. 10:
Joie Ray of the Illinois A. C. of Chicago astonished nearly 10,000 persons at the games of the Milrose A. A. in Madison Square Garden last night when he won the Rodman Wanamaker one-and-one-half-mile scratch race from a field of five of the best long-distance runners in the country, and in doing so made the fastest time for the distance that has ever been accomplished in this country, indoors or outdoors.

7 January 1925, Los Angeles TImes, pg. B1:
Millrose officials announced tonight that Nurmi will compete in two special events on successive nights, appearing first in the two-thirds-mile race and the following night in the Rodman Wanamaker mile-and-one-half race.

10 March 1928, Washington Post, pg. 3:
Rodman Wanamaker, last surviving son of the late John Wanamaker and head of the stores in Philadelphia, New York and abroad that bear the family name, died in Atlantic City early today. (...) Hwe was 65 years old.

27 January 1933, Washington Post, pg. 14:
Ny Will Face Acid Test
In Wanamaker Mile

Posted by Barry Popik
Sports/Games • (0) Comments • Monday, June 06, 2005 • Permalink