World Sports Hall of Fame 1948: Henry Armstrong, Dhyan Chand, Don Hutson and Tazio Nuvolari

My choices for the World Sports Hall of Fame for 1948 are

Henry Armstrong (USA – Boxing): – the first boxer to hold three world titles simultaneously. He won the world flyweight title in 1937 and the next year added the welterweight and lightweight crowns. He held these until 1940 when he lost the welterweight title and a rematch. He briefly retired but resumed his career and fought until 1945, eventually finishing with a record of 22 wins from his 26 world title fights and 152 wins in total.

Dhyan Chand( India – Hockey): widely regarded as the greatest hockey player of all time. He won three Olympic gold medals in the all conquering Indian team. These came in 1928, 1932 and 1936 culminating in a six goal haul in the 1936 Final which India won 8-1. He was still prolific in the post-war years but declined selection for the 1948 Games. He played as a centre forward but was more than a goal scorer with brilliant ball control and skills also creating numerous goals for the team.,

Don Hutson (USA – American Football): The first great wide receiver in the sport.  He caught  a record one hundred touchdown passes in a career that lasted from  1935 to 1945 with the Green Bay Packers.  His totals of 488 receptions for 7991 yards were also records for the NFL which all remained unsurpassed until the 1980s.  He led the league in eight years of his eleven.  His speed was a great asset in making him one of the finest players ever.

Tazio Nuvolari (Italy – Motor Racing): one of the greatest names in the sport in the years before World War Two.  There wasn’t an official championship but Grand Prix races were held and he won many throughout the 1930s.  He was a great sports car driver as well, winning Le Mans in 1933 and the Mille Miglia in 1930 and 1933.  He started as a motorcyclist in the 1920s and was Italian champion at 500cc. He continued his career after the war with a final notable performance when second in the 1947 Mille Miglia.

 

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