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Kelly For Brickwork Tee

100% Cotton T-shirt $42

Kelly For Brickwork Tee

100% Cotton T-shirt $42

Notes

100% cotton white pocket tee, printed on the back with KELLY FOR BRICKWORK.

Provenance

In 1920 at the age of thirty-one, Jack Kelly, a Philadelphia bricklayer and local sporting hero, had won six national sculling titles and was unbeaten in 126 consecutive races. He set his sights on the Henley Royal Regatta that year, with every intention of continuing his winning streak. But the Henley Stewards denied his entry, citing an ongoing ban on entries from his club (which had run afoul of the Stewards years earlier) and an old rule that prevented manual laborers — bricklayers included — from racing. The news caused an uproar in Philadelphia, where “Kelly for Brickwork” were long a frequent sight within the rowing community. Weeks after Henley, Kelly had his revenge: he won gold at the Olympics, beating the Henley singles champion, Jack Beresford of Great Britain, by one second. Half an hour later, he made history by winning gold in the doubles event as well. According to legend, he mailed his racing cap to King George V with a note reading, “Greetings from a bricklayer.” The Kelly family eventually made its peace with Henley. His son, John Jr., won the Diamond Sculls at the rega a in 1947 and 1949. And his daughter, Grace, presented the prizes at Henley in 1981... in her capacity as Princess of Monaco.

Size & Fit

Unisex. Runs true to size (men's sizes).