20 May 2020
Rowing historian Bill Lanouette, who enjoys HTBS and, these days, especially Tom Weil’s TOPOR series, remembers a cox-toss that he witnessed in 1964 at the Olympic Rowing Trials at Orchard Beach Lagoon, N.Y., which he was covering for Herald Tribune Radio Network. Vesper BC was rowing against Harvard to see which crew was going to represent USA in the eights at the Tokyo Olympics. Vesper won the race and in the photograph above, in one of the newspapers which also covered the race, both the coxswain Róbert Zimonyi and one of the Vesper oarsmen are hitting the drink.
Interestingly, Zimonyi was born in Hungary and had competed as a coxswain for Hungary both at the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games. He coxed the Hungarian coxed pair to a bronze medal at the 1952 Games.
The Vesper eight took a gold medal at the 1964 Games.