Earlene Brown: Most Unheralded U.S. Athlete of All Time


Key Highlights About Earlene Brown:


First American woman to win a medal in the shot putOne of only two United States women to place at Rome in 1964Only shot-putter to compete in three consecutive Olympics

Earlene Brown was an American athlete notable for her careers in track and field and roller games. Earlene’s father was ‘a 6-footer’ and a semipro baseball player with the Negro League in Texas.


Brown was born on July 11, 1935, in Latexo, in Houston County, Texas, a small town, which by 1973, could no longer be found on a map.