World Sports Hall of Fame 1929: Costante Girardengo, Paul Costello, Robin Reed and Ty Cobb

My choices for the world Hall of Fame for 1929 are:

Costante Girardengo (Italy – Cycling) – The first of the great Italian cycling champions. He won the Giro d’ Italia in 1919 and 1923 and also won the Tour of Lombardy three times. His greatest achievements were in the Milan-San Remo one day classic race which he won seven times between 1918 and 1928. He was Italian road race champion every year it was held from 1913 to 1925 (nine consecutive wins). He held the Italian one hour record from 1917 to 1926.

Paul Costello (USA – Rowing) – the first rower in history to win an Olympic gold medal in the same event at three consecutive Games. He won the double sculls in 1920, 1924 and 1928 with two different partners. He won numerous other titles at double sculls and was also American champion in single sculls twice.

Robin Reed (USA – Wrestling) – the best American wrestler of the early 20th century. He was renowned for his technical ability which enabled him to defeat much heavier opponents. He won the featherweight gold medal at the 1924 Olympics pinning every opponent. For a bet he wrestled the gold medal winner from the heavyweight division and amazingly pinned him five times. He had been an outstanding wrestler in High School and college winning three AAU titles. He was never defeated in his amateur wrestling career.

Ty Cobb (USA – Baseball)

– one of the greatest names in baseball history and the first ever member of the baseball Hall of Fame. He was a brilliant hitter winning the American league batting title eleven times achieving a season average of over .400 on three occasions and he had a career average of .366. His career total of 4190 hits between 1905 and 1928 is second in major league baseball history. He was great at stealing bases, topping the league standings seven times, and led the league in runs scored five times.

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