Olympic gold medalist Harrison Dillard to be recognized on August 11 at Progressive Field

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In the midst of the 2016 Rio Olympics, it’s only appropriate to recognize Cleveland native and four-time Olympic gold medalist Harrison Dillard.

The Indians will recognize Dillard with a pregame presentation on Thursday, August 11 vs. the Angels. Additionally, Dillard will accompany his granddaughter, Izmailia Sougoufara, on the mound as she throws out the ceremonial first pitch.

Dillard competed in track and field in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. He won gold in 1948 in the 100 meter race and 4×100 meter relay. Then in 1952, he took gold for the 110 meter hurdles and 4×100 meter relay.

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In later years, Dillard was hired by Bill Veeck to work with the Cleveland Indians as a speed coach during spring training.

Dillard is also a U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee, James E. Sullivan Award winner and has been honored with a statue at his alma mater, Baldwin Wallace University.

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