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Al Banuet

The Olympic Club
Inducted as a Player in 1983

From the USHA web site and edited by Geoff Capell.

 

Whenever there is talk of the all-time best, Al Banuet is mentioned. He won three consecutive singles titles, in 1929 (at the age of 19), 1930, 1931. He also won the doubles in 1929, and 1930. Because Banuet was such a great athlete, a boxing promoter talked him into a short-lived fight career, which forever banned him from AAU-sponsored handball. Banuet stories are legendary Angelo Trulio said: "I've seen him run up a back wall to retrieve a shot. He could do things that are regarded as impossible. W.O. McGeehan, sports editor of the New York Times said: "He is the greatest champion in a chosen sport I have ever seen. Greater than Babe Ruth in baseball, greater than Bobby Jones in golf, greater than Jack Dempsey in Boxing.

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  • 1929 Four Wall Singles Champion

  • 1929 Four Wall Doubles Champion

  • 1930 Four Wall Singles Champion

  • 1930 Four Wall Doubles Champion

  • 1931 Four Wall Singles Champion