When Track’s Federation Came Under Fire: Part 2

In the first of a many-part series, we took you you back more than 50 years as the pages of T&FN chronicled the unfolding of the alphabet wars of the '60s. In the September 1961 issue of the magazine, publisher Bert Nelson called for the establishment of a new national governing body to replace the AAU.

In this second part, from the October 1961 edition, a very long piece by Nelson chronicled varied reactions to the initial piece and laid out some fast-moving developments…

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by Bert Nelson, Publisher Track & Field News
October 1961 Edition

A new track and field federation for the U.S. is a giant step closer today. Just a month after Track & Field News called for such an organization, the executive committee of the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association recommended that all representative groups, including the AAU, join in the formation of a new track federation.