National Affairs: Swimmer

At 57, Joseph Ruddy is a huge, bald, splotchy man, the greatest water poloist in history, an Olympic swimmer, master of 26 sports, rescuer of some 150 lives, winner of a Congressional Medal for Life Saving and 1,000 assorted athletic cups, badges, plaques. He is the father of five expert swimmers and water poloists, one of whom, Joseph Jr., captained an Annapolis team in 1931. At the New York Athletic Club, where Ruddy is coach of the nation's championship water polo team (TIME, April i), members boast that no one has yet equaled Joe...

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