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Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King (Tennis.  Born, Long Beach, CA, Nov. 22, 1943.)  Long in the forefront of women’s tennis, Billie Jean King was a pioneer among women pro players and accomplished many significant breakthroughs for women in the sport.  She was the finest player of her day, being ranked as the U.S. No. 1 woman in […]

Thom Morrera

Thom Morrera (Public address. Born, White Plains, NY, Dec. 16, 1945; died, New York, Aug. 18, 2012.) From director of music programming at Madison Square Garden, Thom Morrera, arock-and-roll disc jockey famed for handling the overnight shift on WNEW-FM in the 1970s and ’80s, became the public address announcer for the Rangers (1986-93), succeeding Carl Martin. Morrera […]

Martina Hingis

Martina Hingis (Tennis.  Born, Kosice, Czechoslovakia, Sept. 30, 1980.)  To many, Martina Hingis represents unfulfilled promise.  To others, it’s a matter of too much, too soon.  Yet Hingis’ record is fairly impressive, although her career was undone by injuries.  Born in what was then Czechslovakia and named for a tennis-playing countrywoman (Martina Navratilova), she was […]

Slew Hester

Slew Hester (Tennis.  Born, Hazlehurst, Mass, May 8, 1912; died, Jackson, Miss., Feb. 8, 1993.)  By the time he assumed the U.S. Tennis Association presidency in 1977, William Ewing Hester, Jr., had already set in motion events that were to have a profound effect on tennis around the world, but especially in New York.  Hester, […]

Al Laney

Al Laney (Sportswriter. Born, Pensacola, FL, Jan. 11, 1896; died, Spring Valley, NY, Jan. 31, 1988.) Starting with the Pensacola Journal in his birthplace, Albert Gillies Laney moved to newspapers in Dallas, Tex., amd Minneapolis, Minn., before joining the U.S. Army during World War I. After two years in the service, Laney mustered out in […]

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