Joe Ruddy

Joseph Aloysius Ruddy, Sr. (September 28, 1878 – November 11, 1962) was an American competition swimmer and water polo player who represented the United States at the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri. Ruddy won a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the men's 4x50-yard freestyle relay. He won a second gold medal as a member of the first-place U.S. water polo team.

Joe Ruddy
Personal information
Full nameJoseph Aloysius Ruddy, Sr.
National teamUnited States
Born(1878-09-28)September 28, 1878
New York, New York
DiedNovember 11, 1962(1962-11-11) (aged 84)
Far Rockaway, New York
StrokesFreestyle, water polo
ClubNew York Athletic Club

Ruddy was the father of 1928 Olympic swimmer Ray Ruddy, and two other sons and two daughters. His oldest son and namesake, Joseph Ruddy, Jr. was a U.S. Navy admiral.[1]

He died at home in 1962; he was 84 years old.[1]

See also


  1. "Joseph A. Ruddy Sr. Dies at 84; Swimmer Was Water Polo Star," The New York Times (November 12, 1962). Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Joe Ruddy". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2015-04-13.

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