James Rosenberger
James Rosenberger in 1912
Personal information
BornApril 6, 1887
New York City, United States
DiedJanuary 1, 1946 (aged 58)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
Event100–400 m
ClubI-AAC, Queens
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 m – 11.0 (1911)
200 m – 22.1 (1911)
400 m – 49.0 (1909)[1][2]

James Maher Rosenberger (April 6, 1887 – January 1, 1946) was an American track and field athlete and a member of the Irish American Athletic Club. He was born in New York City and died in Brooklyn, New York.[3]

In 1909, at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) metropolitan senior championships, held at Travers Island, Rosenberger took first place in 100 and 220 yard dash.[4] The following week, Rosenberger was part of the Irish American Athletic Club's four-man relay team that broke the world's record for the one mile relay, with a time of 3 minutes 20 2/5 seconds. The other three men on the record breaking team were; C.S. Cassara, Melvin Sheppard, and William Robbins.[5]

On April 9, 1911,[6] Rosenberger anchored the Irish American Athletic Club 4×440 yard relay team that broke the world record at Celtic Park, Queens, New York, and set the first IAAF- recognized world record for 4×440 yard or 4×400 meter relay race, in time of 3 minutes and 18.2 seconds. The other members of the world record setting team were Harry Gissing, Mel Sheppard and Harry Schaaf.[7]

Rosenberger participated in the 1912 Summer Olympics, but was eliminated in a 400 m semifinal.[1] Next year he competed in Australia with the AAU team,[8] and in 1915 he became the coach for the Long Island Athletic Club.[9]


  1. ^ a b James Rosenberger Archived October 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ James Rosenberger. trackfield.brinkster.net
  3. ^ "James Rosenberger". Olympedia. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  4. ^ "IRISH-AMERICAN ATHLETES TRIUMPH; Win Thirteen Events at Senior Metropolitan Championships at Travers Island." New York Times, September 19, 1909.
  5. ^ "Mile Relay Record at Travers Island." New York Times, September 26, 1909.
  6. ^ Del's Athletic Almanac. athletics.hitsites.de
  7. ^ Annual Track & Field Dinner Journal, 1911. Irish American Athletic Club
  8. ^ New York Times, October 12, 1913
  9. ^ New York Times, November 25, 1915.

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