Penn State All-Sports Museum, Nittany Lion Club to hold Levi Lamb Day on July 18

Levi Lamb arrived at Penn State in 1911 and was a standout member of the University's football, wrestling, and track and field teams before serving in World War I.  Credit: Penn State All-Sports Museum / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State All-Sports Museum and Nittany Lion Club will hold Levi Lamb Day on Wednesday, July 18, in recognition of the life and career of Levi Lorenzo Lamb, a renowned three-sport athlete at Penn State who died in the service of his country during World War I.

At noon on July 18, Ken Hickman, director of the Penn State All-Sports Museum, will present a lecture titled "Fallen Lion: Levi Lamb Goes to War." The talk will be livestreamed on the museum's Facebook page and free and open to the public.

Born in 1889, Lamb arrived at Penn State in 1911 and quickly became a standout in football, wrestling, and track and field.  A tackle on the undefeated 1912 football team, he achieved fame as a wrestler and was only beaten twice in four years of varsity competition. Penn State’s first three-sport letterwinner, Lamb excelled at the throwing events as a member of the track and field team.

Entering the U.S. Army in 1917, Lamb was commissioned as a second lieutenant and assigned to the 2nd Division’s 9th Infantry. Arriving in France, he entered combat in March 1918 and saw action as the Allies fought to repel a series of German offensives. Lamb was killed on July 18, 1918, while leading his men during the Second Battle of the Marne. He was recognized at Penn State with a scholarship and plaque in Rec Hall before having the Nittany Lion Club’s annual fund named in his honor in 1953. 

For more information about the lecture, contact the musuem at 814-865-0044. Follow @PSUSportsMuseum and @NittanyLionClub to learn more about Lamb throughout the day. The museum is located at the southwest corner of Beaver Stadium and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Parking is in the adjacent kiosk lot and in Lot 44 with the appropriate parking pass. 

Last Updated August 24, 2018