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Joe Grossman

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Joe Grossman applying channel grease to Greta Andersen before English Channel swim

Joe Grossman (1925-1974) of the U.S.A. was a promoter and administrator/secretary of the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. He was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1979 as an Honour Administrator and honored with the inaugural 1970 Irving Davids / Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award for Meritorious Service to Long Distance Swimming.

Grossman is considered by many to be the Founding Father of the modern era of marathon swimming. As a public information officer by profession, he traveled the world on his job, taking these opportunities to promote marathon swimming, to establish personnel contacts and lay the necessary groundwork to bring unity to the marathon swimming programs.

Marathon Swimming Promotion and Administration

2018 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination

Grossman wrote the initial draft of the book A History of Marathon Swimming that was written by Steve Walker and was nominated for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

In order to preserve the colorful and rich history of marathon swimming, International Swimming Hall of Fame and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame dual inductee Dale Petranech kept alive his dream of publishing the personal files of World Professional Marathon Swimming Association administrator Joe Grossman. Despite Grossman's passing in 1974, Petranech faithfully maintained a huge stack of his personally typewritten pages for nearly 5 decades. Steve Walker edited the comprehensively compiled hundreds of pages of notes, observations, recollections and data from solo swims and competitions in numerous bodies of water around the globe. For colorfully recapturing and reformatting the incredibly detailed and long-lost slices of aquatic history over 536 pages, for publishing first-person recollections in A History of Marathon Swimming released 43 years after Grossman's death, and for enabling modern-day swimmers to savor an invaluable treasure that describes the achievements of the swimmers, promoters, coaches and pilots from 1875 to 1974 from the English Channel to the Canadian National Exhibition events, the book A History of Marathon Swimming is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

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