British Sports Hall of Fame 1948: Wally Hammond, Peter Kane, Ralph Nichols and Dorothy Round

My choices for the British Sports Hall of Fame1948 are:

Wally Hammond (Cricket) – one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He broke the record for the most total runs in Test cricket when surpassing the 5410 of Jack Hobbs. He went on to be the first man to 6000 and 7000 runs, eventually retiring in 1947 with 7249 runs in a twenty year Test career. He scored 336 of those in one innings in 1933 to set another record. He was top of the English first class averages for eight successive seasons from 1933, a feat that has never been equalled. He exceeded 2000 runs twelve times and 3000 three times. He scored 36 double centuries, the second highest number ever. A more than useful bowler , he was one of the finest slip fielders ever seen. In 1928 he caught a record 78 in the season including ten in one match.

Peter Kane (Boxing) – a devastating puncher who won 98 of his 109 fights,. losing only three. He won 23 of his first 27 contests by KO and earned a world title fight in 1937 with Benny Lynch, a fellow Scot, for the flyweight crown. and Kane lost that fight but drew a rematch in a non-title fight. He took the title the next year from  American Jackie Jurich before moving up to bantamweight for most fights. He remained flyweight champion until 1943 and European bantamweight champion from 1947 to 1948.

Ralph Nichols (Badminton) – the leading British player of the 1930s.  He won the All-Engand singles title five times, in 1932, 1934 and from 1936-8.  From 1936 to1938 he also won the doubles with his brother.   He won the mixed Doubles in 1939.  From 1930 he won a record 36 England caps.

Dorothy Round (Tennis) – the best British female player of the 1930s.  She won the Wimbledon singles title in 1934 and 1937, also taking the Mixed Doubles crown each year from 1934 to 1936.  The latter two were won with Fred Perry.  In 1935 she became the first overseas player to win the Australian open women’s singles title.  She had an excellent forehand and drop-shot.

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