World Sports Hall of Fame 1933: Jose Andrade, Harry Greb, Dally Messenger, and Carl Westergren

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.

Harry Greb (USA – Boxing) – One of the greatest middleweights ever.  He was world champion from 1923 to 1926 and in his career won 261 of his 298 fights, losing only 17.  Some of his bouts were against much heavier men but he was able to mix it successfully against some of the best heavyweights of the era.  Between 1916 and 1923 he went on an unbeaten run where he was unbeaten in 178 bouts although 117 of these were “no decisions” in the terminology of the time with five being scored as unofficial losses.  Many experts regard him as one of the top twenty pound-for-pound fighters of all-time at any weight.

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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