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Lloyd La Beach and Life at UCLA

The Great, Immortal Jesse Owens in
the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Barney Ewell (left) with teammates Mel Patton (centre)
and Harrison Dillard (right) during a practice
session before the 1948 Olympic Games in London.

For the immortal Lloyd La Beach the sight of the City of Angels was the greatest thing he had ever seen in his young life. He was yet to envision the plan that God had in store for him, however, as he humbly took his place among the other “angels” in the mission of compelling the little country of Panama to recognize her West Indian children. Even before Lloyd arrived at the campus dormitory that night he began feeling that secret and welcomed energy so natural for his young body. Continue reading

The Strategies in the Games of Track and Field

Lloyd La Beach during his college days.

image: UCLA Royce Hall

The sheer joy of competition, though the most important part of Lloyd La Beach’s drive in track and field in his early youth, would take second place to the challenges that lay ahead as a true competitor. The intricacies and demands of track and field required great study and patience and the immortal Lloyd La Beach won the admiration of his Panamanian Westindian coaches whose counsel he followed as closely as the games in Panama would have permitted him at the time. Continue reading