By Jim Reisler
C.C.Cash and hold Pyle made a number of fortunes representing specialist soccer and tennis players--before wasting every little thing and disappearing into history's dustbin. This paintings reevaluates Pyle's speedy existence and instances whereas examining his impressive and enduring legacy.
In 1925, Pyle rocked the activities international by way of 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 could irreparably damage either the varsity video game and Grange's occupation. The ebook maintains via all of Pyle's successes, and various of his mess ups, together with his signing of arguable French tennis superstar 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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40 Halas was stunned. He told Pyle that the arrangement was unacceptable. He and Sternaman had to pay the players. They needed to foot the bill for the tremendous costs of such a tour. Then, if luck prevailed, they might break even, Halas said. But Pyle was just getting started, revealing his skill at steely eyed bargaining, which had suddenly been drained of its optimism and lightness. Through the night and into the following afternoon the men haggled and bartered. In the end —26 hours later— Pyle and the Bears had agreed to a 50–50 split of the proﬁts, with the Bears set to pay the tour costs.
I thought he was crazy,” he said. But the football star responded as most would, especially somebody who hadn’t grown up with much. “Naturally, (I’d like to make that kind of money)” he said. ” That was the only opening Pyle needed. “Sit down,” he said ﬁnally, shifting into details of how the arrangement would work. ”31 Grange went back to watch the rest of the movie, promising at Pyle’s insistence that he would not utter a word of their conversation to anyone — 1. ” 23 yet. That’s the story anyway, which was true, except for the fact that the famous meeting that night at the Virginia Theatre wasn’t the ﬁrst time Grange and Pyle had met.
Red’s mother died when he was ﬁve, prompting Lyle to move his family, which included Red’s two older sisters and a younger brother, Garland, back to his hometown, Wheaton, Illinois, some 30 miles west of Chicago. With a population of 4,000, Wheaton was a thriving farming and manufacturing community that fronted the railroad. It was a promising place to ﬁnd work, in part because Lyle Grange could lean on a big network of siblings to help raise his children. So Lyle joined his brother’s moving business, and economized as best he could by sending Red’s sisters back to Pennsylvania to live with relatives.