British Sports Hall of Fame 1930: Johnny Douglas, Kitty Godfree, Melbourne Inman and Paulo Radmilovic

My choices for British Sports Hall of Fame for 1930 are:

Johnny Douglas (Cricket and Boxing) – at cricket he completed the double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in an English season five times. He exceeded 1000 runs in a season ten times between 1906 and 1927. In 1921 in a county match he took nine wickets in one innings and then scored 210 not out, one of the greatest all-round feats in the history of cricket. He captained England 18 times in his 23 Tests. In 1908 he won the Olympic middleweight boxing title. He also won an England Amateur cap at football.


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Kitty Godfree (nee McKane) (Tennis and Badminton) – the 1924 women’s singles champion at Wimbledon where she inflicted the only ever defeat there on Helen Wills. In 1926 she won her second singles title and won the mixed doubles crown with her husband (the only married couple ever to achieve this). She also won the 1924 mixed doubles title and at the US Open won the mixed doubles once and women’s doubles twice. She was world hard court champion in 1923 and at the 1920 and 1924 Olympics won five medals (a record for a tennis player) with one gold. At badminton she won four All-England singles titles between 1920 and 1924 and four doubles titles. She also played for England at lacrosse.


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Melbourne Inman (on the left in the picture) (Billiards) – the world professional billiards champion six times between 1908 when he was nominated as champion and 1919.  He won the title officially for the first time in 1909 and after two defeats in the final held it from 1912 to 1914.  He won it again in 1919 but refused to defend it in 1920 after being told that he must play in the preliminary rounds.  He continued to contend until 1930 but never regained the title.  A fine match player with good defensive and break-building skills, he made a world record break of 894.


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Paulo Radmilovic (Water Polo and Swimming) – arguably Britain’s finest ever water-polo player.  He won three Olympic gold medals in the sport in 1908, 1912 and 1920 and competed in the 1924 and 1928 Games, making him the first Briton to compete at five Games and his record wasn’t surpassed until 1976.  He also won an Olympic gold in swimming at 4 x 200m freestyle relay in 1908. Those four golds remained a record for a British sportsman until 2000.  He won national titles over a period of almost twenty years at distances ranging from 100 yards to 5 miles and was the first Briton to enter the International Swimming hall of Fame.

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