World Sports Hall of Fame 1923: Fred Archer, Octave Lapize, Harry Vardon and Honus Wagner

My choices for my World Hall of Fame for 1923 are:

Fred Archer (England – Horse Racing) – regarded by most people as the greatest jockey of the 19th century. He was champion jockey for thirteen consecutive seasons from 1874 to 1886. In seven if those seasons he set new records for the number of winners ridden and in 1885 rode 246 winners which remained a record until 1933. He rode 21 Classic winners and a total of 2748 winners.

Octave Lapize (France – Cycling) – one of only two men to have won the Paris-Roubaix classic three times consecutively, which he did from 1909 to 1911.  He also won the Tour de France in 1910 and the Paris-Brussels race each year from 1911 to 1913.  He also won a bronze medal at the 1908 Olympics at 100 km.

Harry Vardon (England – 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.

Honus Wagner (USA – Baseball) – one of the greatest shortstops in baseball history.  He led the National League in hitting eight times and in 1900 had an average of .381.  He also led the league five times in RBIs and eight times in doubles.  He was very quick and led the league five times in stolen bases with at least twenty steals every year from 1898 to 1915.  In his career from 1897 to 1917 he made a total of 3430 hits and was an inaugural member of the baseball Hall of Fame.


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