During a visit to Maverick Gymnastics, Bob Griffith, 77, reminisces about his early years as a touring gymnast with the Wheeling-based All-American Boys. The troupe performed in Canada and the U.S., including gigs on network television.
This vintage picture shows Bob Griffith performing with the All-American Boys in the summer of 1954. "I'm the one who's upside down," he said. "I was always the one upside down."
As captain of the gymnastics team at West Virginia University in 1959, Bob Griffith was photographed in the midst of a half twist off the parallel bars.
Squatting between his coaches, team captain Bob Griffith posed with members of the WV U Gymnastics Squad in 1959.
As a gymnastics coach at Coral Gables High School in Florida, Bob Griffith offers instruction to a student working to master the parallel bars. He was named the county's Coach of the Year in 1962.
While working in Florida, Bob Griffith performed with a diving group at hotels in Miami Beach.