Continuing the series of posts from my new book SPLASH!
From Chapter 7, “Diving In for Dollars and Pounds”:
William Wrigley, Jr., at left, with a facsimile of the check that is almost certainly the largest purse in swimming history. In current dollars, winning Wrigley’s 1927 “ocean marathon” from the California mainland to Santa Catalina Island was worth about $360,000. (Credit: The Catalina Island Museum.)