Eleanor Egg (1909-1999)
Jersey gem: Born and raised in Paterson
Eleanor Egg launched her track and field career in 1923 as a talented member of the Paterson Girls’ Recreation Program. Her relay team achieved an outdoor world record only two years later. Egg continued on to compete in the broad jump, in which she set a world record, the 100-yard dash and the shot put. After a period of ten years on the team, Egg had collected an impressive number of accolades; 227 medals, 22 silver cups and 6 statuettes.
Egg’s triumphs on the athletic field inspired and boosted morale of Paterson residents during periods of economic turmoil. She was the town’s symbol of success. Years later, a bronze relief of Egg, created by sculptor Gaetano Federici, was installed in Paterson’s Hinchcliffe Stadium as a tribute to this impressive Jersey Girl Great.