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Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson (Tennis.  Born, Sumpter, NY, Aug. 25, 1927; died, East Orange, NJ, Sept. 28, 2003.)  Perhaps the phrase “breaking down the barriers” is thrown around a bit too loosely.  When it comes to being a true pioneer and surviving in the face of prejudice to become a champion, however, Althea Gibson (later Mrs. Darden) […]

Shirley Fry

Shirley Fry (Tennis.  Born, Akron, OH, June 30, 1927.)  A post-World War II contender who was probably at her best on clay, Shirley J. Fry was the singles champion at Forest Hills (on grass) in 1956.  Fry (later Mrs. Irvin) was ranked in the U.S. top 10 for 13 straight years (1944-56) and won the […]

A. Louise Brough

A. Louise Brough (Tennis.  Born, Oklahoma City, OK, Mar. 11, 1923.)  Though she made the U.S. national final six times over a 16-year period (1942-57), Althea Louise Brough won the championship only once.  After losses in 1942 and 1943, Brough beat Margaret Osborne, 8-6, 4-6, 6-1, on Sept. 15, 1947.  But she lost a rematch […]

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