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Doris Hart

Doris Hart (Tennis.  Born, St. Louis, MO, June 20, 1925.)  Among the dominant players in women’s tennis in the 1950s, Doris Hart was twice U.S. singles champion.  Hart was the second of the eight women to win all three other “grand slam” singles titles and won nine U.S. national doubles championships.  She won the U.S. […]

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 […]

Maureen Connolly

Maureen Connolly (Tennis.  Born, San Diego, CA, Sept. 17, 1934; died, Dallas, TX, June 21, 1969.)  Gifted by nature but dogged by cruel fate.  That was the life and tennis career of Maureen Connolly, the first woman ever to win the singles Grand Slam of tennis.  Despite her remarkable feats, Connolly (later Mrs. Brinker) became […]

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