Jim Beatty

Track & Field
Inducted: 1963
  • Native of Charlotte, NC
  • Top American middle-distance runner in the early 1960s
  • Attended University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Won several ACC titles
  • Member of 1960 U.S. Olympic team in 5,000 meters
  • American record holder in mile, two-mile, and 5,000-meter runs
  • On February 10, 1962, in Los Angeles, became the first person to run the indoor mile in under four minutes, crossing the finish line with a time of 3:58.9. 
  • World record holder in two-mile run
  • Set five American outdoor records during the summer of 1962
  • North Carolina state representative