Hubbie Kerns Sr.
Born: 1920 Passed: 1999
Died of Cancer. “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”(1949), “Jim Thorpe, All American”(1951), “Them!”(1954), “I Died A Thousand Times”(1955), “The Ten Commandments”(1956), “The Young Lions”(1958), “Batman”(1966), “The Boston Strangler”(1968), “Hello Dolly” (1969), “The Long Goodbye”(1973), and Spartacus.
He was better known as Hubie Kerns, an outstanding USC quarter-miler in the early 1940s. Kerns teamed with Cliff Bourland to give the Trojans an outstanding duo in the 440-yard dash. In the 1941 NCAA championships at Stanford, Kerns upset California’s Grover Klemmer in the 440 in a meet-record 46.6 seconds. A few weeks later, Klemmer equaled the world 400-meter record in the National AAU meet in Philadelphia, timing 46.0 seconds. Kerns was a close second.
In the same year, at the Pacific Coast Conference-Big Ten meet at the Coliseum, Klemmer anchored Cal to a victory in the mile relay in the world-record time of 3:09.4. Kerns ran the anchor leg for USC, barely losing to Klemmer in the same time.