CLASSIC ERA: 1920s - 1950

Often called the Golden Age of Table Tennis, this era was a fantastic time for our sport. Most everyone used the same type of racket, with pimpled rubber directly on wood of various plies, resulting in true tests of skill, characterized by wonderful long rallies of crisp attacking shots countered by great consistent defense.

Initially the Hungarians were dominant, producing superstars like Victor Barna, Miklos Szabados, Laszlo Bellak, Maria Mednyanszky and Anna Sipos. Then the Czechs progressed, with Bo Vana, Stan Kolar and Marie Kettnerova. This was also the era of Richard Bergmann (AUT), who won 4 Men's Singles titles with his superb, relentless defense. And no one can forget the brilliant achievements of Angelica Rozeanu (ROU), who won a record 6 consecutive World Singles titles with her marvelous defense.

Click on the player's name or photo to see a summary of their careers.

Ruth Aarons (USA)

Ivan Andreadis (TCH)

Victor Barna (HUN)

Laszlo Bellak (HUN)

Zoltan Berczik (HUN)

Dora Beregi (ENG)

Abe Berenbaum (USA)

Richard Bergmann (AUT)

Robert Blattner (USA)

Istvan Boros (HUN)

Charles Bull (ENG)

Hilde Bussmann (GER)

Mae Clouther (USA)

Vera Dace (ENG)

Lajos David (HUN)

Vlasta Depetrisova (TCH)

Alojsz Ehrlich (POL)

Helen Elliot (SCO)

Dora Emdin (ENG)

Gizi Farkas (HUN)

Anita Felguth (GER)

Peggy Franks (ENG)

Emily Fuller (USA)

Magda Gal (HUN)

Dolly Gubbins (WAL)

Sandor Glancz (HUN)

Michel Haguenauer (FRA)

Miloslav Hamr (TCH)

Adrian Haydon (ENG)

Ann Haydon (ENG)

Tibor Hazi (HUN)

Kveta Hruskova (TCH)

Roland Jacobi (HUN)

Istvan Kelen (HUN)

Marie Kettnerova (TCH)

Trude Kleinova (TCH)

Eva Koczian (HUN)

Joszep Koczian (HUN)

Erwin Kohn (AUT)

Stanislav Kolar (TCH)

Astrid Krebsbach (GER)

Dolores Kuenz (USA)

Johnny Leach (ENG)

Alfred Liebster (AUT)

Jimmy McClure (USA)

Peggy McLean (USA)

Zoltan Mechlovits (HUN)

Maria Mednyanszky (HUN)

Erika Metzger (GER)

Reba Monness (USA)

Mona Müller-Ruster (GER)

Lou Pagliaro (USA)

Daniel Pecsi (HUN)

Fred Perry (ENG)

Trude Pritzi (AUT)

Jay Purves (USA)

Marty Reisman (USA)

Diane Rowe Schöler (ENG)

Rosalind Rowe (ENG)

Angelica Rozeanu (ROM)

Sol Schiff (USA)

Mildred Shahian (USA)

Ferenc Sido (HUN)

Anna Sipos (HUN)

Adolph Slar (TCH)

Marie Smidova (TCH)

Ferenc Soos (HUN)

Ladislav Stipek (TCH)

Miklos Szabados (HUN)

Vaclav Tereba (TCH)

Robert Thum (AUT)

Frantisek Tokar (TCH)

Bohumil Vana (TCH)

Vera Votrubcova (TCH)

Linde Wertl (AUT)

Gertrude Wildam (AUT)