Burton Strange

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameAlbert Burton•Strange
Used nameBurton•Strange
Born20 August 1909 in Mount Kisco, New York (USA)
Died6 March 1987 in Stuart, Florida (USA)
AffiliationsYale Bulldogs, New Haven (USA)
NOC United States


An avid sportsman, Al Strange participated in swimming, hockey, and American football while a student at Yale University and excelled in all three. He attended numerous collegiate swimming championships and travelled across the Atlantic on the Marble T in 1931, but it was his talent in football that sent him to the 1932 Summer Olympics. Selected as the left guard of the “East” team for the demonstration football event, Strange scored the East’s only touchdown after three scoreless quarters. Eddie Mays’ attempted conversion was blocked, however, and East lost 7-6 after a touchdown by Gaius Shaver and a successful extra point kick from Ed Kirwan in the dying minutes of the game.

Strange graduated from Yale in 1932 and Harvard Business School in 1934 and played rugby in New York before moving to Canada in the late 1930s. He fought in World War II as a member of the Canadian Navy, eventually becoming one of the Allies’ first frogmen. He returned to civilian life in 1947 and resumed his career as a stock broker until his retirement.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics American Football USA Burton Strange
American Football, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) East 2