C. C. Pyle

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C.C. Pyle
Suzanne Lenglen, Charles C. Pyle, 1926.jpg
C. C. Pyle with Suzanne Lenglen in 1926
Date of birth: March 25, 1882
Date of death: February 3, 1939(1939-02-03) (aged 56)
Place of death: Los Angeles, California, United States
Career information
As owner:
Boston Bulldogs
Chicago Bulls
Los Angeles Wildcats
New York Yankees
Career highlights and awards

Charles C. "C. C." Pyle (March 25, 1882 – February 3, 1939),[1][2] often called Cash and Carry Pyle, was a Champaign-Urbana, Illinois theater owner and sports agent who represented American football star Red Grange and French tennis player Suzanne Lenglen. After his signing of Grange in 1925 and Grange's becoming a star for the Chicago Bears National Football League team, Pyle founded the first New York Yankees football team; when Pyle's application for the Yankees joining the NFL was rejected, he announced the formation of the first American Football League in 1926. The league lasted one season before folding.

In 1926, Pyle signed Lenglen and several of the best tennis players in the world to start the first professional tennis tour, which traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada.[3] Two years later, he inaugurated the first Trans-American Footrace, known as the Bunion Derby, an ambitious, 3455-mile-long foot race from Los Angeles, California, to Chicago, Illinois, to New York.[4][5] While the 1928 race was not a financial success, Pyle organized a 1929 "return" along essentially the same route, but from New York to Los Angeles.

After managing the "Ripley's Believe It or Not" exhibit in the Chicago World's Fair, Pyle married comedienne Elvia Allman Tourtellotte in 1937. He became president of the Radio Transcription Company, a position that he held until his death (of a heart attack) in Los Angeles, February 3, 1939.[3]

A play based on his life, C.C. Pyle and the Bunion Derby, was written by Tony Award winner Michael Cristofer and directed by Paul Newman.


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