Clues will be given each morning this week at 10AM (CDT). There will be one answer, and please only two guesses (total, not per day) per reader. Simply put your guess in the comment section of the post if you have one. The clues will get progressively more telling each day, so don’t get too discouraged at not having an answer on day 1.
This American was an ivy leaguer, and was born in the east and died in the west (of the continent).
Died within the past 25 years.
Unknown to many, this person was actually distinguished in their early days as an athlete, and in particular was quite accomplished vis a vis a specific sporting endeavor/event.