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Water Polo, Men

Date5 – 6 September 1904
LocationLife Saving Exhibition Lake, Forest Park, St. Louis
Participants21 from 1 countries

Water polo was contested at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair on 5-6 September at the man-made Life Saving Exhibition Lake. There is only marginal justification for considering this an Olympic event.

Three teams competed in the 1904 water polo event: New York Athletic Club, Chicago Athletic Association, and Missouri Athletic Club. The New York AC defeated Missouri 5-0 and Chicago 6-0. A fourth team tried to enter representing Germany. However, the Germans were not allowed to compete because their athletes did not represent a single club. This discrimination should probably eliminate water polo as an Olympic event in 1904, but it is still recognized by the IOC.

A sad footnote did occur after the water polo event. The artificial lake created in the middle of the World’s Fair for the life-saving exhibition was also used for some of the agricultural exhibits, and many of the cattle at the agricultural exhibits grazed in, and wandered into the lake. Although the swimming and water polo events were held at the other end of the lake from the cattle, before the middle of 1905, less than one year after the water polo events in the lake, four of the water poloists died from typhus.

1New York Athletic ClubUSAGold
David Bratton
Budd Goodwin
Lou Handley
David Hesser
Joe Ruddy
James Steen
George Van Cleaf
2Chicago Athletic AssociationUSASilver
Rex Beach
David Hammond
Charles Healy
Frank Kehoe
Jerome Steever
Edwin Swatek
Bill Tuttle
3Missouri Athletic ClubUSABronze
Gwynne Evans
Gus Goessling
John Meyers
Bill Orthwein
Amedee Reyburn
Frank Schreiner
Manfred Toeppen


Date5 September 1904
Match #105 SepNew York Athletic ClubUSA5 – 0Missouri Athletic ClubUSA

Final Round

Date6 September 1904
FormatMedal round.
Match 1/206 SepNew York Athletic ClubUSA6 – 0Chicago Athletic AssociationUSA