World Sports Hall of Fame 1933: Jose Andrade, Dally Messenger, Carl Westergren and Hazel Wightman

My choices for the World Hall of Fame for 1933 are;

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Jose Andrade (Uruguay – Football) – A brilliant right-half who was arguably the outstanding player in the brilliant Uruguay team of the 1920s and 30s. He was in the teams that won the South American Championships of 1923, 1924 and 1926, the Olympic Games of 1924 and 1928 and the inaugural World Cup in 1930. He was the first black footballer to play in the Olympics and was nicknamed the Black Marvel. He was named in the Team of the Tournament for the 1930 World Cup and France Football placed him tenth in their list of great World Cup players in 1998. He made 34 appearances for the Uruguay team. At club level he won four national titles with Nacional.

Dally Messenger (Australia – Rugby League) – the first great Australian rugby league player.  He started at rugby union and played for Australia but in 1907 he was expelled from the sport after playing against a professional New Zealand team. He so impressed those opponents that he was invited to join their subsequent tour of Great Britain where he was again outstanding.  The following year he returned to Britain as vice-captain of the Australian team and in 1910 captained them in all three Tests when Great Britain made their first tour of Australia. He played at centre and full-back, was a brilliant runner and fine kicker, and in 1911 scored 270 points in the season.  This stood as a record for many years. He was named in the squad in the Australian Rugby League Team of the Century.

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Carl Westergren (Sweden – Wrestling) – winner of a record three Olympic gold medals at Greco-Roman wrestling.  These came in 1920 at middleweight, 1924 at light-heavyweight, and 1932 in the unlimited weight class.  He was also world champion in 1922 at middleweight and won three European titles at different weights between 1925 and 1931.

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Hazel Wightman (USA – Tennis) – the winner of sixteen US tennis titles between 1909 and 1928.  Four of these came in singles, six in women’s doubles and six at mixed doubles.  She also won gold medals at the 1924 Olympics in both doubles events.  In 1924 she also won the Wimbledon women’s doubles title.  She donated the Wightman Cup for the team contest between the USA and Great Britain women and played in it between 1923 and 1931.

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