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The 11 Things You Didn’t Know About Wheaties

Wheaties has been around for nearly 90 years, but when did they start putting athletes on the cover?

A Circus Troupe Tightrope-Walked Its Way to a Wheaties Box

Wallenda Troupe Wheaties Box
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While baseball players like Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, Joe Medwick and Dizzy Dean were the foundation of the marketing campaign, appearing on boxes throughout the 1930s. Wheaties also featured a few football players and daredevils, notably The Wallenda Troupe, who appeared in 1936. The original four-person troupe, founded by Karl Wallenda, the great-grandfather of Nik, who sky-walked across Niagara Falls earlier this year, debuted with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus in 1928, performing on the high wire without a net in Madison Square Garden.

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