World Sports Hall of Fame 1946: Tony Canzoneri, Tommy Hitchcock, Giuseppe Meazza and Eddie Shore

My choices for the World Sports Hall of Fame for 1946:

Tony Canzoneri (USA – Boxing) –  one of the finest boxers of his time who won world titles at three weights.  At featherweight in 1927, lightweight in 1930 and junior-lightweight in 1931.  He held at least one title from 1927  until 1937 winning twelve of his twenty-two world title fights.  He had an aggressive style which made him popular with fans and in his professional career won 141 and lost 24 fights.

Tommy Hitchcock  (USA – Polo)  one of the greatest polo players of all-time.  After an adventurous time in World War I he became the outstanding player of his era.  He only missed two international matches for the USA between 1920 and 1940 and of those he played only lost one.  He maintained the highest possible polo goal handicap for a player of ten for eighteen years.

Giuseppe Meazza (Italy – Football) – one of the greatest Italian footballers ever and the captain of the Italian team that won the World Cup in 1934 and 1938.  He was also their star player and as a forward for the team scored 33 goals in 53 appearance between 1930 and 1939.  This remained the goals record for Italy for more than thirty years.  He scored 229 goals in 440 league matches at club level,  most of which were for Inter Milan.

Eddie Shore (Canada – Ice Hockey) – one of the greatest defencemen in the history of hockey.  He was the outstanding defensive player of the 1930s and was chosen for the first team of the All-Stars seven times in that decade.  Widely regarded as one of the toughest players ever to play the game he was also a great skater and stick-handler.  He won the Hart Trophy as league MVP four times, the most ever by a defenseman.  Most of his playing career was with the Boston Bruins with whom he won two Stanley Cups.

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