British Sports Hall of Fame 1934: Nancy Cave, Tommy Hampson, Jack Hobbs and Joe Thompson

My choices to enter the Hall of Fame for 1934 are:

Nancy Cave (Squash) – together with her sister Joyce she dominated the squash world for women in the early years of the sport. Each sister won the British women’s championship three times with Nancy the champion in 1923, 1929 and 1930. Nancy was also runner-up six times. They were just past their best as international squash developed but Nancy did play against the USA in a match.

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Tommy Hampson (Athletics) (pictured winning Olympic gold) – the Olympic champion at 800m in 1932, a race in which he broke the world record by running a perfectly paced effort. He had been a relatively late developer, only coming to prominence in 1929 after making rapid progress through the year and gaining his first international vest. In 1930 he easily won the Empire Games 880 yards title in an English native record time. He also won a silver medal in the 4x400m relay at the 1932 Olympics.

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Jack Hobbs (Cricket) – one of the greatest cricketers in the history of the game. He set records for batting in first class cricket that have never been approached and will probably never be broken. He scored a record 61,237 runs and 197 centuries, making over 1000 runs in 24 English seasons and over 2000 runs in 17 seasons. In 1925 he scored 3024 runs with a record 16 centuries in the season. 98 of his centuries came after he was forty. He played for England from 1907 to 1930 and still holds the record as the oldest Test centurion with 142 in 1929. He was the first batsman to reach 4000 and 5000 Test runs and had an average of nearly 57 per innings in Tests.

 

Joe Thompson (Rugby League) – the only English forward to have played in three Ashes winning tours of Australia. These came in 1924, 1928 and 1932. He was extremely versatile and could play at prop, second row and loose forward, winning twelve caps in total. Unusually for a forward he was n outstanding kicker and kicked 921 goals between 1923 and 1933. He was signed by Leeds from Cross Keys rugby union club in 1923 and had a great club career as well.

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