Eldridge Eatman was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 and into the Saint John Sports Hall of Fame on June 5, 2002. From 1904 -1907 he was one of the greatest sprinters ever produced in New Brunswick. His athletic career began in the early 1900's. Mr. Eatman defeated Tom Keen, world 120 yard champion and later U.S. Olympic coach in Saint John, (1903) and won the prestigious Powderhall title for the world's 120 yards Championship at Edinburgh, Scotland (1906). Eldridge raced against a horse and a train, to win betting purses. He traveled to Europe and competed successfully as a professional sprinter, often returning home to Saint John, Eldridge competed against local sprint champions including Jim Humphrey of Moncton. Considering the era, Eldridge gained significant press coverage in his glory days and upon his passing in 1960.
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