Josiah McCracken

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJosiah Calvin•McCracken, Jr.
Used nameJosiah•McCracken
Born30 March 1874 in Lincoln, Illinois (USA)
Died15 February 1962 in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania (USA)
AffiliationsPenn Quakers, Philadelphia (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2


Josiah McCracken was a useful all-round performer in the weight events, taking the shot/hammer double at the IC4A championships in 1898 and 1899. By international standards he was perhaps a better performer in the hammer and his career best of 153-8 (46.84) in 1898 ranked him second in the world that year. Despite his Olympic successes, track & field was only a secondary sport for McCracken as, at Penn, he was better known as a footballer and was on Walter Camp’s All-American team in 1899. The silver medalist in the 1900 Olympic hammer throw, Truxtun Hare, was also an All-American football player at Penn and it was only the Irish immigrant John Flanagan who prevented the two Penn footballers from taking top Olympic honors at Paris. McCracken earned an M.D. degree from Penn and later served as a medical missionary in China for 50 years.

Personal Bests: SP – 43-8½ (13.32) (1898); DT - 36.37 (1900); HT - 47.24 (1900).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1900 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Josiah McCracken
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 10
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze