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 expert soccer and tennis players--before wasting every little thing and disappearing into history's dustbin. This paintings reevaluates Pyle's quick existence and instances whereas interpreting his striking and enduring legacy.
In 1925, Pyle rocked the activities global by means of inducing crimson Grange to desert the leafy confines of the collage of Illinois for professional soccer, in essence thumbing his nostril at protesting lecturers who insisted the movement may irreparably damage either the school online game and Grange's occupation. The booklet maintains via all of Pyle's successes, and quite a lot of of his mess ups, together with his signing of debatable French tennis big name 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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C. Pyle, we had nothing to lose. ” At the same time, the Bear co-owners recognized that they had better deal with Pyle. He was their ticket to Red Grange, the man who could prop up the rickety financial legs of the NFL and move professional football into the big time. Besides, Halas had heard the rumors that rival NFL teams were also after Grange, and realized that Pyle was offering him the inside track. 37 Rumors of the imminent signing had already set off a firestorm of protest. The prospect of a top collegian turning pro before he had graduated fired up the academics, most of all college presidents who said the concept of a young man leaving school before earning his degree was abhorrent.

12 Short of scoring six touchdowns a game, what could Grange possibly do in 1925 to top his already legendary 1924 season? Considering the Illini had lost its entire offensive line to graduation, the odds were against him. Making things more challenging was the condition of quarterback Harry Hall, who had not fully recovered from an injury suffered in the previous season’s Minnesota game. “It’s going to be some job to fill the places of the experienced players,” Zuppke admitted. Even Grange’s younger brother, Garland, who had been a standout on the 1924 freshman team and slotted as a varsity starter, was injured in preseason and withdrew from school.

Newsreel men camped outside his fraternity house to record his coming and going. ” Meantime, the Chicago Tribune reported that Grange had been “besieged with offers of every description,” so many that Grange went home to Wheaton for two days to sort through the offers with his father. 20 Back on campus, Grange ducked from class to practice, avoiding as many interviews as possible and telling his fraternity mates to answer neither questions from reporters nor the telephone. He even threw off Zuppke, promising his coach he would tell him “anything he wanted to know” after the final game against Ohio State.

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