Bill Fritz

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWilliam Howard "Bill"•Fritz, Jr.
Used nameBill•Fritz
Born22 March 1892 in Berwyn, Pennsylvania (USA)
Died28 December 1941 in Wayne, Pennsylvania (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 75 kg
AffiliationsCornell Big Red, Ithaca (USA)
NOC United States


After prepping at Haverford School, Bill Fritz competed for Cornell as a pole vaulter, but he was best known there as a football player, where he captained the team. He received 12 varsity letters at Cornell in track, football, gymnastics, and baseball. Fritz was approached to play pro football by the Chicago Bears but entered the Army instead. In World War I Fritz was a captain who served in France with Field Artillery. He then took over the family business, William Howard Fritz Lumber Company, which had opened in 1863. He also owned a wholesale business in Philadelphia as a broker selling railroad cars of white pine to lumber companies in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York, and Ohio. Fritz led the family lumber company until his death, when it was taken over by his sons. The company still existed as of 2015.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Bill Fritz
Pole Vault, Men (Olympic) =8