World Sports Hall of Fame 1913 – Josef Grafl, Stanley Ketchel, Lily Kronberger, Eric Lemming


My choices for four new entries into the Hall of Fame based on achievements up to 1913.

Josef Grafl (Austria- Weightlifting) – One of the pioneers of modern weightlifting. Winner of five world championships and one world cup between 1908 and 1913. He also won two European titles.

Stanley Ketchel (USA-Boxing) – one of the greatest middleweights in history who also took on heavier fighters with distinction. He lost just five contests and of his 53 wins, 48 were by KO. He held the world middleweight title between 1908 and 1910, losing and regaining it in 1908. He was reigning champion when shot and killed in 1910.

Lily Kronberger (Hungary- Figure Skating) – one of the greatest of the early women figure skaters. She was world champion four times, winning each year from 1908 to 1911, and also won two bronze medals. she was the first skater to use musical accompaniment throughout her free programme.

Eric Lemming (Sweden- Athletics) – winner of three Olympic gold medals at javelin. Two in 1908, when the freestyle javelin was also held, and one in 1912. He also won the 1906 Intercalated Olympics gold medal. He also held the world record from 1912 to 1919.

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