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Sam Finkelman
by Jody R. LaGreca My Grandfather Samuel Finkelman was noteworthy in his day as a semi-pro boxer and champion swimmer. He was featured in articles in many newspapers including The New York Times. He possessed superhuman strength and succeeded in accomplishing outstanding feats in dangerous waters. On July 15, 1912 Sam Finkelman swam from East Forty-Second Street to Coney Island, Steeplechase Park in six-and-a-half-hours, covering a distance of nineteen-and-a-half miles using the seal stroke. ...

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