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.
|Full name||Joseph Aloysius Ruddy, Sr.|
|National team||United States|
|Born||September 28, 1878|
New York, New York
|Died||November 11, 1962 84) (aged|
Far Rockaway, New York
|Strokes||Freestyle, water polo|
|Club||New 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.
- "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.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2015-04-13.