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J. Nash McCrea

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJay Nash•McCrea
Used nameJ. Nash•McCrea
Born15 January 1887 in Springfield, Illinois (USA)
Died20 September 1959 in Cudahy, Wisconsin (USA)
NOC(s) United States


Nash McCrea rode the 1-mile and 5-mile races at the 1904 St. Louis Olympics. McCrea was from Springfield, Illinois at the time. He was only 17-years-old in 1904 which may explain his nickname of “Crash” because of his wild riding, which caused multiple crashes including his own. McCrea later moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he worked with the Milwaukee Sentinel and Wisconsin News newspapers, although on the 1940 US Census, he listed his occupation as “spiritual healer.” At the newspapers, McCrea was a sportswriter, copy editor, and real estate and automotive editor. He also did local radio work, serving as the voice of “Sunny Jim” in WISN. McCrea was active in the Milwaukee Newspaper Guild and served as a president and secretary of that guild.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1904 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) 1 mile, Men Olympic AC h1 r1/2 USA J. Nash McCrea
  5 mile, Men Olympic AC

Research notes

First name might be Jay and he might have been born c. 1887. he later moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Possible match from Wisconsin death index:

MCCRAE JAY N 20 SEP 59 MILW CUDA 72 M 1 (MILW CUDA means Milwaukee county, Cudahy, 72 is age.)

Created: Taavi Kalju at January 03, 2010 07:49, Last edited: Taavi Kalju at January 03, 2010 07:49