1974 MEN'S PRELIMINARY 1

With the success of the The Superstars special in 1973, ABC decided to expand the series for 1974. The field of athletes was increased from ten to 48, and split into four preliminary groups. The top three finishers in each group advanced to the final. The first two preliminary rounds were scheduled for August 13th and 14th, 1973, a week prior to the 1973 British Superstars. The first preliminary round consisted of athletes from track and field, basketball, swimming and motor sports. Defending champion Bob Seagren won four events to easily take the overall title. Basketball players John Havlicek and Jim McMillian each scored consistently to earn the other two qualifying spots for the final. Motocylist Gene Romero became the first Superstar to score zero points.

Darkness caused the last two events to be postponed to August 15th. The Superstars organizers were still attempting to clarify there rules regarding exclusion from specialties. Pole vaulter Bob Seagren was not allowed to enter the 100 yard dash and shot putter Brian Oldfield was barred from weight lifting. In subsequent years, both athletes would be allowed to enter those events.

Rotonda West, Florida

Competition Dates: August 13-15, 1973

Air Date: January, 1974

Announcer: Keith Jackson.

PLC. NAME, SPORT

TEN

SWIM

GOLF

BOWL

WL

BBH

100

HALF

BIKE

OC

TOTAL

MONEY

1. Bob Seagren, Pole Vault

4

10

x

x

10

5 1/2

x

10

2

10

51 1/2

$15,150

2. John Havlicek, Basketball

2

7

4

7

x

10

1

4

x

x

35

$8,500

3. Jim McMillian, Basketball

10

x

x

4

7

0

2

x

7

2

32

$5,700

4. Brian Oldfield, Shot Put

x

4

1

10

x

0

10

x

0

4

29

$2,900

5. Billy Cunningham, Basketball

7

x

7

2

0

5 1/2

4

1

x

x

26 1/2

$2,650

6. Lee Evans, 400 Meters
0
x

0

1

4

1

x

x

10

7

23

$2,300

7. Nate Archibald, Basketball
x
x

0

x
x

2

7

7

0
0

16

$1,600

8. Don Schollander, Swimming

1

x

10

0

1 1/2

x
x

2

0
x

14 1/2

$1,450

9. Jim Ryun, 800/1500 Meters
x

2

2

0
0
0
x

x

4

1

9

$1,000

10. Mike Burton, Swimming
0

x

x
0

1 1/2

x
x
0

1

x

2 1/2

$1,000

11. Bill Muncey, Unlimited Hydroplane Racing

0

1

x
0
x
0
0
0

1

$1,000

12. Gene Romero, Motorcyling
x
x
0
0
0
0
0
x
0

0

0

$1,000

INDIVIDUAL EVENT RESULTS

TENNIS
1. Jim McMillian

10

2. Billy Cunningham

7

3. Bob Seagren

4

4. John Havlicek

2

5. Don Schollander

1

6. Mike Burton

0

7. Lee Evans
0
7. Bill Muncey
0
Havlicek d. Muncey

6-0

McMillian d. Evans

6-0

Seagren d. Burton
6-1
Cunningham d. Schollander
6-2
McMillian d. Havlicek
6-3
Cunningham d. Seagren
6-4
McMillian d. CUnningham
6-4

SWIMMING - 100 Meters
1. Bob Seagren

1:18.63

2. John Havlicek

1:28.27

3. Brian Oldfield

1:28.71

4. Jim Ryun

1:40.35

5. Bill Muncey

dnf

GOLF - 9 holes
1. Don Schollander

58

2. Billy Cunningham

60

3. John Havlicek

62

4. Jim Ryun

66

5. Brian Oldfield

67

6. Gene Romero
68
7. Nate Archibald

86

8. Lee Evans

91

BOWLING
1. Brian Oldfield

185 r

2. John Havlicek

171

3. Jim McMillian

127

4. Billy Cunningham

123

5. Lee Evans

119

6. Gene Romero

117

7. Jim Ryun
115
8. Bill Muncey
107
9. Mike Burton
95
10. Don Schollander
76

WEIGHT LIFTING
1. Bob Seagren

210 r

2. Jim McMillian

205

3. Lee Evans

200

4. Mike Burton

170

4. Don Schollander

170

6. Bill Cunningham
160
7. Gene Romero
150
7. Jim Ryun
150

BASEBALL HIT
1. John Havlicek

9 r

2. Billy Cunningham

7

2. Bob Seagren

7

4. Nate Archibald

6

5. Lee Evans

5

6. Bill Muncey

4

6. Brian Oldfield

4

8. Jim Ryun
2
9. Jim McMillain
1
9. Gene ROmero
1
11. Don Schollander
0

100 YARD DASH - heat 1
1. Billy Cunningham

11.27 r

2. Nate Archibald

11.44

3. John Havlicek

11.84

4. Mike Burton

14.70

100 YARD DASH - heat 2
1. Brian Oldfield

11.38

2. Jim McMillian

11.79

3. Gene Romero

13.47

4. Bill Muncey

13.80

100 YARD DASH - Final
1. Brian Oldfield

10.72 r

2. Nate Archibald

11.36

3. Billy Cunningham

11.41

4. Jim McMillian

11.45

5. John Havlicek

11.82

HALF MILE RUN
1. Bob Seagren

2:18.11 r

2. Nate Archibald

2:21.23

3. John Havlicek

2:23.90

4. Don Schollander

2:39.79

5. Billy Cunningham

2:41.90

BIKE RACE - heat 1 (1/2 mile)
1. Lee Evans

1:15.08 r

2. Jim Ryun

1:16.51

3. Don Schollander

1:17.52

4. Bill Muncey

1:26.29

5. Brian Oldfield

1:26.30

BIKE RACE - heat 1 (1/2 mile)
1. Bob Seagren

1:15.57

2. Jim McMillian

1:15.77

3. Mike Burton

1:16.14

4. Gene Romero

1:21.43

5. Nate Archibald

1:23.11

BIKE RACE - final (mile)
1. Lee Evans

2:38.43

2. Jim McMillian

2:39.06

3. Jim Ryun

2:39.28

4. Bob Seagren

2:50.62

5. Mike Burton

4:13.25

OBSTACLE COURSE
1. Bob Seagren

24.07 r

wo
2. Lee Evans

24.28

dns
3. Brian Oldfield

25.99

 
4. Jim McMillian

31.27

 
5. Jim Ryun

44.64

 

e = estimated time

r = Superstars record

N/A = result not available

dnf - did not finish

nm - no mark

dns - did not stark

wo - win by walkover

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