Dick Byrd

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameRichard Leslie "Dick"•Byrd
Used nameDick•Byrd
Born16 May 1892 in Shiloh, Indiana (USA)
Died20 June 1958 in Attica, Ohio (USA)
Measurements181 cm / 88 kg
AffiliationsAdrian College
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Leslie Byrd succeeded in beating the world record holder James Duncan in the 1912 Olympic discus, but was outclassed by Armas Taipale of Finland, who had a winning margin of almost ten feet. Captain R. L. Byrd, U.S. Marine Corps, won the discus at the Inter-Allied Games held at the Pershing Stadium, Paris, in 1919. Later in the year he finished second in the AAU.

Byrd also competed in the 1912 Olympic Baseball demonstration event.

Personal Bests: DT – 43.84 (1919); JT – 129-10 (39.57) (1912).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Dick Byrd
Standing High Jump, Men (Olympic) =4
Standing Long Jump, Men (Olympic) 8
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Discus Throw, Both Hands, Men (Olympic) 17
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) DNS
Pentathlon, Men (Olympic) DNS
Decathlon, Men (Olympic) DNS
Baseball (Baseball/Softball) USA Dick Byrd
Baseball, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) United States 1
Baseball, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) US West "Finlands" 2