British Sports Hall of Fame 1921: Dorothea Douglass, Punch Fairs, Harry Vardon and Harold Wagstaff

My four nominations for the Hall of Fame in 1921 are:

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Dorothea Douglass (later Dorothea Lambert Chambers) (Tennis) – She won seven Wimbledon singles titles between 1903 and 1914 and held two match points when going for an eighth.  She also won two Wimbledon titles at women’s doubles and three at Mixed doubles.  She represented Britain in the Wightman Cup in 1926 when aged 47.  She also won two All-England badminton titles in doubles events.

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Cecil “Punch” Fairs (Real Tennis) – the only man to defeat the great Peter Latham in a championship match when he won the world Real Tennis title in 1905.  He lost the title in 1907 but regained it in 1908 and held it until 1912.

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Harry Vardon (Golf) – considered to be the greatest golfer of the late 19th and early 20th century. He was the winner of the British Open golf Championship six times between 1896 and 1914, a total that remains the record.  He also finished second four times and was in the top six 16 times in his career.  He also won the PGA title twice and German Open.  In 1900 he was the winner of the US Open.

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Harold Wagstaff (Rugby League) – one of the first great rugby league players who was known as “The Prince of Centres”.  he made his league debut aged 15 and became the youngest England international when aged 17.  He was the captain of the Great Britain teams which toured Australia in 1914 and 1920 and won a famous victory in 1914 when GB held on to beat Australia despite being reduced to ten men.  He won every honour in the game.

 

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