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SCSD Athletic Hall of Fame: Wallard rose from obscurity to win Indy 500

Lee Wallard and his wife, Esther, get a hug from actress Loretta Young, center, after Wallard's victory in the Memorial Day 500 at Indianapolis in 1951.
Lee Wallard and his wife, Esther, get a hug from actress Loretta Young, center, after Wallard's victory in the Memorial Day 500 at Indianapolis in 1951.
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It’s a shame Damon Runyon wasted his best stuff on James J. Braddock. A reporter for the New York American, Runyon used the term “Cinderella Man” to describe the rags-to-riches story of Braddock, a longshoreman who became boxing’s heavyweight champion in 1935. Runyon would have loved Lee Wallard. Wallard, who will be inducted into the Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame on Monday night, etched his name in the history of auto racing ...


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