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C. C. Pyle

Born: Mar 25, 1882

Death: Feb 3, 1939

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

C. C. Pyle

Date of Birth : Mar 25, 1882
Date of Death : Feb 3, 1939

Charles C. "C. C." Pyle, 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. 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. 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.


  • Businessperson
  • Sports agent

Also known as

  • Charles C. Pyle
  • Charles "C.C." Pyle
  • Charles ("C.C.") Pyle
  • Cash and Carry Pyle


  • Elvia Allman
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