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Billy Vukovich Memorial

 
 
Billy Vukovich Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, November 21, 2010
1. Billy Vukovich Memorial Marker
Inscription. This Monument is dedicated May 30, 1956, by the citizens of Fresno to the memory of Fresno's own Billy Vukovich, who met his death while leading the Indianapolis 500 Mile race May 30, 1955.

Billy Vukovich, who lived all his life in Fresno, won almost every major automobile racing championship in the United States. Among his racing accomplishments are the following:

1954 Indianapolis 500 winner
1953 Indianapolis 500 winner
1950 National Midget Race Champion
1947 Pacific Coast Midget Champion
1946 Pacific Coast Midget Champion

The citizens of Fresno are proud of Billy Vukovich. We are proud of his accomplishments, his courage, his sportsmanship and his will to win. It is particularly fitting tht we, the citizens of Fresno, erect and didicate this memorial in honor of him, who was a true champion.
 
Erected 1956 by Fresno City Commission and Vukovich Memorial Committee.
 
Location. 36° 43.967′ N, 119° 47′ W. Marker is in Fresno, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on M Street 0.2 miles west of Ventura Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located just west of the Ernest Valdez Hall, it is next to the monument for Young Corbett, and near
Billy Vukovich Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, November 21, 2010
2. Billy Vukovich Memorial Marker
To the left is the entrance to Selland Arena, to the right you can see the monument to Young Corbett III, the boxer.
one of the entrances to Selland Arena. Marker is at or near this postal address: 704 M Street, Fresno CA 93721, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Young Corbett III (here, next to this marker); David of Sassoon (approx. 0.3 miles away); Honoring the Ex-Braceros and Their Contributions (approx. 0.3 miles away); Purple Heart Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Saroyan (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fresno (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fresno County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fresno.
 
Also see . . .  Billy Vukovich, a Celebration. A Report On The Accident That Killed Bill Vukovich In The 1955 Indianapolis 500-Mile-Race (Submitted on September 17, 2011, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.) 
 
Categories. Notable PersonsSports
 
Billy Vukovich image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, November 21, 2010
3. Billy Vukovich
Close up of top half of the marker
Rear of Billy Vukovich Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, November 21, 2010
4. Rear of Billy Vukovich Memorial Marker
Rear of the marker naming the 1956 members of the Fresno City Commission and the Vukovich Memorial Committee.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2011, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 636 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 17, 2011, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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