C. B. Fry: King of Sport by Iain Wilton

By Iain Wilton

Charles Burgess Fry, referred to as C. B. Fry used to be an English polymath; an excellent sportsman, flesh presser, diplomat, educational, instructor, author, editor and writer, who's most sensible remembered for his profession as a cricketer. Fry's achievements at the carrying box integrated representing England at either cricket and soccer, an F.A. Cup ultimate visual appeal for Southampton F.C. and equalling the then international checklist for the lengthy leap. yet he was once even more than a sportsman. He received a big scholarship to Oxford, the place his associates numbered Max Beerbohm, Hilaire Belloc, and F.E. Smith. He wrote a number of books, together with an autobiography and a unique, and he was once some of the most winning reporters of his day. He used to be a pal of many well-liked Labour and Liberal politicians, yet flirted with Fascism, assembly Hitler in 1934. He attempted out for Hollywood, represented India on the League of countries, and stood for Parliament 3 times.

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He knew the clocks weren’t so popular, but the Western Union passes he used to move about might be if sold for a substantial discount. Bingo! C. blew his earnings on a card game. Stuck deep in the wilds of the Sierra Mountains in Northern California and penniless, Pyle’s scheming mind again began working. Wandering into a boxing match, a popular recreation in the mining camps, he spied an aging sore-thumbed 118-pounder in need of an opponent. C. jumped at the chance. What an opportunity! Pyle had boxed a little back in Ohio and outweighed his opponent by a good 40 pounds, so what was there to lose?

S. history, a man known far and wide. Ushered in the Yankee locker room in St. Louis to meet their hero, three cowboys told Ruth they had ridden three days on horseback to catch a train in Wyoming. “Baby Ruth,” one of them said to the Babe, “I’d have ridden all the way to St. ”7 By 1920, Manhattan alone had 11 major dailies, all of which saw in Ruth a big “feel good” story, particularly in a country just two years removed from the more than 54,000 American soldiers killed in World War I, and a year or so after an extraordinarily devastating flu epidemic that started in the soldier camps and by the time it had laid waste to wide parts of the country, had claimed more than 600,000 lives.

Pyle’s earliest sports triumph was promoting champion driver Barney Oldfield, usually found smoking a cigar. The two men retained a lifelong friendship. From the Bain Collection (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division). ’s mother wanted him to attend Ohio Wesleyan, a breeding ground for ministers, and become one himself. Enthralled by sports, young Pyle had other ideas, and at 16, he became a promoter. Seeing that a professional bicycle racer named Barney Oldfield was due in Delaware, Pyle set up a race between Oldfield and a local youngster named Holden.

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