Lin Yutang (1875-1976) was the son on a Presbyterian minister. He was a prolific writer of philosophy and history, and his translations of classic Chinese texts became best-sellers in the West. His best-known book is The Importance of Living.
Joe Louis, the Brown Bomber, was world heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 to 1949.
Catholics in Frank McCourt's world played Irish national games – hurling and Gaelic football – while Protestants played English games – croquet, tennis and cricket.
English games always involved lawns and players dressed in white.