Since at least the early 1970s, when he worked with Track & Field News as master of stats, Peter “Pete” Mundle was an expert on records. He kept single-age bests for all events, starting with sub-kiddies. Eventually, he confined his attention to masters. His hobby led to annual publication of Masters Age Records. They were unofficial but engrossing. Now his last 23 records booklets are online here — at mastershistory.org.
L.A. resident Pete, now 90, gave permission for posting of the archive. National Masters News, which published the books until the last one in 2006, also gave its OK. They are historically interesting but not perfectly accurate. I pointed this out in a 2006 post that noted scores of omissions.
I also rapped Pete for keeping in the book 6-mile-run records — since he held many. Yet his 6-mile records had long been bettered by folks running the longer 10,000-meter run. But it’s his book. So whatever.
Pete is profiled in “Masters Track and Field: A History” by Leonard Olson. I edited the 2001 book (and truthfully wrote much of it, adding my own research).
Pete skipped work on the book one year — 2004 — and quit it for good after 2006. Nobody has attempted keeping single-age masters records ever since (though websites track single-age records for the kiddies). 19-and-unders are here. Distance races are here.
Pete’s archive represents a great addition to our online museum. Maybe someone will carry on his work someday.
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