Alphonzo Bell

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAlphonzo Edward•Bell, Sr.
Used nameAlphonzo•Bell
Born29 September 1875 in Bell, California (USA)
Died27 December 1947 in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California (USA)
NOC United States


Alphonzo Bell graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1895 and then studied at the San Francisco Theological Seminary for two years. In 1897 he entered into the first of his many real estate deals and, as a result of oil being found on one of his properties in 1922, he became an immensely wealthy man. He won the first of his three Southern California singles titles in 1900 and was on the winning doubles team three times. He was ranked nationally only once when, in 1904, he was placed ninth in the singles ratings. At the Olympics he was awarded joint third place in the singles after losing to the eventual champion, Beals Wright, in the semi-finals. In the doubles, Bell, and Robert LeRoy of Columbia University, lost in straight sets in the final to the Harvard pair of Wright and Edgar Leonard.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Tennis USA Alphonzo Bell
Singles, Men (Olympic) =3 Bronze
Singles, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) =3
Doubles, Men (Olympic) Robert LeRoy 2 Silver