Rare Film Narrated by Bing Crosby Uncovers History of Santa Clara Swim Club

Santa Clara

FORT LAUDERDALE – The roots of Santa Clara Swim Club are deep and rich as seen in this rare film Titled “The Santa Clara Gold Rush” found and digitized by the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF).

This is must see video narrated by Bing Crosby.

The film reinforces ISHOF’s recent announcement to relocate its offices and museum in Santa Clara, California and leaving its longtime home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Swimming World obtained photos of the proposed Santa Clara Swim Center, future home of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. The city of Santa Clara hopes to build a new 3-acre International Swim Center on the other side of Central Park from its current aquatics facility that would eventually house the 7,500-square-foot Hall of Fame.

According to Bruce Wigo, Executive Director for the International Hall of Fame, the overarching factors that would make a successful marriage between Santa Clara and ISHOF are definitely in place. The new mecca of Swimming would be Santa Clara.

Centerpiece of the complex would be an Aquatic Theater, where fans would be on top of the action in the pool. Think more of courtside seats at a basketball game, less of the current standard pool setup of the fans being pushed well away from the pool.

Photo Courtesy: ISHOF
Photo Courtesy: ISHOF
Photo Courtesy: ISHOF
Photo Courtesy: ISHOF




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    Jack Simon

    Fantastic video! George would love the fact the ISHOF will be moving to Santa Clara.

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