World Sports Hall of Fame 1932: Eddie Eagan, Jay Gould, Gillis Grafstrom and Ernie Nevers

My choices for the Hall of Fame for 1932 are:

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Eddie Eagan (Boxing and Bobsleigh) – although his individual sporting achievements are not remarkable he holds a unique place inn sporting annals. He won the US amateur boxing title in 1919 at heavyweight and the following year took the Olympic gold at light-heavyweight. He reached the semi-finals four years later turning his hand to bobsleigh. In 1932 he was part of the gold medal winning four-man bob team and thus became the only man in history to win gold medals at both Summer and Winter Games in different sports (Gillis Grafstrom won a gold in skating when it was part of the summer games). To this day this feat hasn’t been matched.

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Jay Gould (Real Tennis) – the outstanding American player of the game in the 20th century.  He was from a hugely wealthy family of railroad millionaires and had his own court built.  He won the US Amateur title in 1906 and retained it until 1926 without ever losing a set.  He also won the (US amateur doubles title nineteen times.  In 1907 he became the first American to win the British amateur title and the following year won the Olympic title, the only time the sport appeared at the Games.  In 1914 he became the first amateur to win the world title, a title he gave up later that year on the outbreak of World War.  He only lost one singles and one doubles match in his career.

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Gillis Grafstrom (Sweden) – three times Olympic champion and three times world champion.  He won his first Olympic title in 1920 and added the golds in 1924 and 1928 and remains the only man to win three figure skating golds.  He was favourite to win again in 1932 but injured his knee in training and only took silver. He only competed four times in the world championships, winning in 1922, 1924 and 1929.  He was also noted for inventing a variety of spins and turns.

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Ernie Nevers (American Football) – a versatile all-round sportsman who is the only man to play professionally in American Football, baseball and basketball.  His finest achievements came in football where he was the leading scorer in the NFL in 1929.  Forty of those points came in one game for the Chicago Cardinals against the Chicago Bears.  This remains the record tally by one player in an NFL game.  He was chosen for the NFL 75th anniversary all-star team.

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