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C. C. Pyle Biography »
Charles C. "C. C." Pyle (March 25, 1882 – February 3, 1939), 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.