Saturday, November 19, 2022

"Record Buster" Crabbe

It isn't on his Wikipedia page nor do I see it online anywhere else so this may be a bit of info that got lost to history. Buster Crabbe is best remembered as Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Tarzan, Billy the Kid, Captain Gallant, and an Olympic swimming champion. He was born Clarence Crabbe but in Hollywood he was renamed Larry. Sometimes he was billed as Larry "Buster" Crabbe, "Buster" Crabbe, and eventually just Buster Crabbe. But even his Wiki page doesn't address the "Buster" origins. Well, it turns out, as seen in the two newspaper clippings here, that he set so many new records in his swimming career that he became known as CLARENCE "RECORD BUSTER" CRABBE! Over the years, that part seems just to have been forgotten!


1 comment:

  1. My childhood hero! I got to speak with him in London.