with the second best American midheavy total.
He easily cleaned 385 but missed the jerk due to a faulty platform.
American Prison Postal Meet – 1963
The most unusual weightlifting meet in the history of American lifting also boasts the largest number of competitors (256), the greatest number of platforms (26) and by far the biggest crowd of spectators (estimated at 25,000 plus). What’s more, in it 23 new meet records were established. These mighty impressive figures all pertain to the 1963 U. S. National Prison Postal Weightlifting Championships, which were staged in 26 institutions coast to coast on October 4th and 5th.
Mere statistics do not tell the full story of this unique athletic event. Nine months of preparatory work preceded the competition. Two men bore the brunt o it: Clyde Whitehead, recreation supervisor of the United States Penitentiary at
Clark, a professional journalist, produced a campaign involving mailings to wardens and recreation supervisors at 65 prisons. A.A.U. lifting chairmen in the various areas were also kept informed and asked to assist. Many prisons joined the A.A.U. as member clubs, and most of the 256 competing lifters registered as individuals. Biggest stumbling block in the promotion, according to
Bob Hoffman and a large group from
Clyde Whitehead and Bill Clark are talking about a similar powerlifting meet, tentatively scheduled for June, 1964.