Frank Shakespeare

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He couldn’t make the plebe basketball team at the Naval Academy, but he turned to a brand-new experience as a rower and eventually became the only Delawarean at that time to ever to win an Olympic
gold medal. Dover’s Frank was the bow (lead) oar on the Navy crew that won 20 straight races, including the 1952 Games at Helsinki and two successive Intercollegiate Rowing Association titles. Coach
Rusty Callow called him “the best bow oar I have seen in 31 years of coaching”. As lead oar, Shakespeare was the first Middie to cross the finish line in all those victories.

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