Police Athletes of the Irish-American Athletic Club

In addition to being world-class athletes, many members of the Irish-American Athletic Club were also distinguished members of the NYPD, including; Charles Bacon Jr., John J. Burke, Michael J. Cregan, brothers Bob and John Eller, Egon Erickson, John Flanagan, John J. Joyce, John W. Kelly, William J. Keating, Patrick McDonald, Matthew McGrath, Emil Muller, Michael O'Callaghan, Harry Schaaf and brothers Richard and Martin J. Sheridan. A few years after Martin Sheridan's death in 1918, the NYPD created the Martin J. Sheridan Medal for Valor, which was awarded to police officers for bravery above and beyond the call of duty. This medal has since been discontinued. The Winged Fist Organization is working with Celtic Park Productions and Sheridan descendants to revive this medal.

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Athletes Among the Cops. The (New York) Sun, January 25, 1903.

Star Athletes Members of the "Finest." The (New York) World, Aug. 16, 1905.

ELLER WINS POLICE TROPHY.; Flanagan and Sheridan First In Field... The New York Times: August 9, 1906.

Athletic "Cops" Must Stay Home;The New York Times, October 9, 1910.

Police Athletes Win;The New York Times, October 4, 1914

4,000 Athletes on Police Force:The New York Times, July 17, 1916.

John Eller - Spring 3100, Volume 21, No. 11, December, 1950.

John Flanagan - An Camán, November 7, 1933.

John W. Kelly - "New Athletic Star," The New York Times, August 3, 1913.

Patrick McDonald - Spring 3100, Volume 21, No. 10, November, 1950.

Martin Sheridan - Spring 3100, Volume 21, No. 9, October, 1950.

Shield from Spring 3100; A Magazine for Policemen. Published by the Police Department of the City of New York.
"New York Police Department's Invincible Athletic Team," circa 1905.
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