Cash and Carry: The Spectacular Rise and Hard Fall of C.C. by Jim Reisler

By Jim Reisler

C.C.Cash and hold Pyle made numerous fortunes representing specialist soccer and tennis players--before wasting every little thing and disappearing into history's dustbin. This paintings reevaluates Pyle's quickly lifestyles and instances whereas interpreting his amazing and enduring legacy. In 1925, Pyle rocked the activities international via inducing pink Grange to desert the leafy confines of the college of Illinois for professional soccer, in essence thumbing his nostril at protesting lecturers who insisted the circulate may irreparably damage either the school video game and Grange's profession. The booklet keeps via all of Pyle's successes, and quite a lot of of his disasters, together with his signing of debatable French tennis famous person Suzanne Lenglen and his near-bankruptcy following losses incurred staging the short-lived annual Bunion Derby, as newspaper columnists dubbed the infamous 3,470-mile transcontinental footrace first held in 1928.

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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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