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Aug 30th, 2015 11:45 AM
Sam L
Re: Little Mo. Big Al and 50s tennis

I found this gorgeous photo of Maureen Connolly. I can't post it because it's Getty. AFAIK, we're still not allowed to post Getty Images?

The link is here: http://www.****************.au/detai...hoto/513640645

That's just a beautiful photo.

EDIT: I can't even link it! LOL.
Jun 25th, 2015 01:57 AM
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Bumping this up afte rereading so many wonderful posts and old photos.

I want to mine this thread for our Encyclopedia!

Note to self to also include a bibliography in the first post.
Apr 23rd, 2015 01:54 PM
Re: Little Mo. Big Al and 50s tennis

connolly would have had gibson's number in the late 50's like she did in the early 50's.. oh sure, gibson did improve a bit, then again, didn't the competition "lessen" at the same time? fry retired, brough way past her prime, hart gone, and of course connolly gone..

remember, maureen herself would have improved as well...

gibson would have trouble with and be on the losing end of any match-ups with a "in their prime" brough, hart and fry" much less a improved in her mid 20's connolly in the late 50's...

connolly if anything i think would have more "trouble" with a mercurial and brilliant if inconsistent shotmaking of bueno in the late 50's/early 60's, then gibson's straight forward hard hitting attack. then again, connolly would have been TOO SOLID for bueno as well. i also think connolly would have "terrified" a young margaret smith in the early 60's..
Apr 22nd, 2015 02:09 AM
Re: Little Mo. Big Al and 50s tennis

The top 3 women in 1953

Doris Hart, Shirley Fry (a bit out of focus) and Maurren Connolly at the Dutch Championships

Nov 17th, 2013 10:33 PM
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Originally Posted by samn View Post
Connolly v. Navratilova
Court v. Graf
Evert v. Lenglen
Seles v. Wills
Goolagong v. Sabatini
Bueno v. Sanchez-Vicario
Hingis v. Mandlikova
King v. Serena Williams

Would prefer Seles vs Connolly to Seles vs Wills, as their games were carbon copies of each other in different eras.

Court vs Graf is a good one, but would also like Wills vs Graf.

Would like to see Goolagong vs Mandilikova with both in their primes.

Hingis vs Bueno as well.

King vs Serena would be interesting as King is the kind of scrappy tactician that could irritate Serena. She would have to use all her guile to stand a hope in that matchup as if she gave Serena anything to hit she would be crushed.
Nov 17th, 2013 10:16 PM
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I have always wondered how a more mature and improved Gibson could have stacked up vs Connolly in the late 50s. Would have love to have seen that matchup.

It is amazing too that Shirley Fry and Doris Hart are two of the only women in history with a career slam.
Oct 25th, 2013 12:02 PM
Sam L
Re: Little Mo. Big Al and 50s tennis

Originally Posted by Rollo View Post

Darlene Hard, 1955 & Beverly Baker, 1959

Darlene Hard (l.) and Beverly Baker served up a little thigh throughout the 1950s. Baker made sure her look stood out by adding a pretty pattern along the bib of her all-white tennis dress.

Ambidextrous Bev Baker had two forehands-much like Monica Seles in the 1990s.

Very interesting Rollo.

You can see here footage of Beverley in the 1955 Wimbledon final. Her default grip seemed to be the right hand?

Oct 22nd, 2013 01:26 PM
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In studying the 50s results (and 60s also to a point), it is amazing the number of Australian and South African players who showed great promise and even gained top ten rankings who left the game early (Penrose, Coghlan, Staley Hoad, Carr, Price, Kilian Shaw, Schuurman, Ebbern to name a few). It seems as though world travel must have been so long and difficult for those from Down Under. Many of these seemed to have chosen family life over tennis.
Oct 22nd, 2013 01:23 PM
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Julia Sampson was the same age as Connolly and toured Australia with Maureen in 1953, where she was easily beaten in all the tournaments by Connolly. She is noted as being the American junior champion. She had solid results and must have been close to a world top ten ranking. However, she disappears from the scene within a year. I wonder why.
Oct 22nd, 2013 01:19 PM
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Beverly Baker Fleitz appears to have had a Mary Pierce-type game (minus the Slam victories). On a given day, she could blast anyone off the court with her power, yet she didn't often sustain her excellence for long periods of time.
Oct 9th, 2013 09:06 PM
Re: Little Mo. Big Al and 50s tennis

Darlene Hard, 1955 & Beverly Baker, 1959

Darlene Hard (l.) and Beverly Baker served up a little thigh throughout the 1950s. Baker made sure her look stood out by adding a pretty pattern along the bib of her all-white tennis dress.

Ambidextrous Bev Baker had two forehands-much like Monica Seles in the 1990s.
Jul 1st, 2013 01:02 PM
Ms. Anthropic
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The Miami Herald
Sunday, March 4, 1990

Suzanne Herr Feldman, a tennis pro who lived in Dade and Broward counties, died Saturday in Hollywood after a 4 1/2-year battle with cancer.

She was 55.

Her father, Eddie Herr, founded the Orange Bowl tennis match at Flamingo Park in Miami Beach in 1948 because his daughter Suzanne and her friends needed tournament competition.

Columnist and television commentator Bud Collins wrote in World Tennis magazine in 1978 that "Suzie Herr launched hundreds of tennis players toward better times" at the Orange Bowl match, which today is recognized as the world's premier junior tennis event.

In 1950, 15-year-olds Suzanne Herr of Miami Beach, Maureen Connolly of California and Karol Fageros of Miami played in the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association Intersectionals in Philadelphia.

All three went on to pro tennis careers. Suzanne Herr Feldman earned a No. 14 national junior ranking and played three years on the pro tour; Maureen Connolly Brinker won Wimbledon and the U.S. National championships; and Karol Fageros Short earned a top-10 ranking and played in the Wightman Cup.

They had something else in common: All three died of cancer. Mrs. Brinker died in 1969, Mrs. Short in 1988.

Mrs. Feldman first played at Forest Hills when she was 16 and won her first match. She later worked as a teaching pro at Aventura, Hillcrest in Hollywood and Pembroke Lakes in Pembroke Pines.

She is survived by her father, Eddie Herr, who also founded the Sunshine Cup and Continental Players Cup junior tournaments; her husband Dr. Marvin Feldman, a radiologist; a daughter, Karen, a lawyer in New York City; and a son, Glenn, a lawyer in Miami.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Levitt-Weinstein Beth David Chapel and interment will be at Beth El Cemetery, both in Hollywood.
Jun 21st, 2013 12:40 PM
Ms. Anthropic
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Nancy Chaffee, 73; Ranked 4th in Women's Tennis in '51
August 13, 2002

Nancy Chaffee, who was once ranked as high as No. 4 in the world in tennis, died in
Coronado on Sunday of complications from cancer. She was 73.

She was diagnosed with the disease on Valentine's Day, according to her husband of
11 years, veteran network sportscaster Jack Whitaker.

Chaffee, who was raised in Ventura, played tennis during the era of Maureen Connolly,
Doris Hart and Shirley Fry. She reached the semifinals of what is now called the U.S. Open in 1950 as an unseeded player. A year later, at that event, Chaffee and her partner,
Patricia Todd, lost in the doubles final to Fry and Hart.

From 1950 to 1952, Chaffee won the U.S. women's national indoors singles titles, which included a victory over legend Althea Gibson in the 1950 final.

Her highest world ranking came in 1951 just after Connolly, Hart and Fry.

Although Chaffee won the national girls' 18-and-under title in 1947, she didn't compete
at Wimbledon until 1950.

A Los Angeles sportswriter helped her raise the necessary funds by writing a column,
suggesting a "Chaffee to Wimbledon fund."

In 1951, Chaffee married baseball star Ralph Kiner. She is survived by their children, Michael, Scott and Kathryn, who is married to golf pro Robin Freeman; three granddaughters; and two grandsons.

In later years, Chaffee was active in fund-raising. In 1992, she helped start an amateur
mixed doubles tournament in East Hampton, N.Y., raising funds for the American Cancer Society.

A funeral service will be held Friday in Palm Desert, Whitaker said.
Jun 19th, 2013 01:18 PM
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Thanks AR!

I look forward to any more of these you have. If Karol's book was never published perhaps the manuscript lies in a library or at least the Tennis Hall of Fame.
Jun 19th, 2013 12:31 PM
Ms. Anthropic
Re: Little Mo. Big Al and 50s tennis

I searched for this title to no avail. If it ever was published, it was probably a very limited run.

The Miami Herald
Sunday, February 19, 1989

Karol Fageros Short raised more than $1 million for the American Cancer Society before she died of the disease last April at age 53. She left another legacy -- an autobiography, Heaven Will Have to Wait, reminiscing about growing up in Miami and becoming noted as the Golden Girl of tennis.

With the help of her longtime friend and former tennis student Julie Murphy, she completed the manuscript shortly before her death. It has yet to be published, but excerpts appear in the March issue of World Tennis magazine.

Fageros, who married Miami attorney Gene Short in 1962 and had three daughters, talks about shamateurism when amateurs were paid under the table. She writes of "Uncle" Eddie Herr of Miami Beach finding ways to promote her and his daughter Sue in tournaments.

She also recalls the publicity stunt in 1957 at Miami Beach's Roney Plaza Hotel when she played an exhibition match and for the first time wore gold lame panties.

"I hit about three balls and, all of a sudden, it felt like my pants had given way," she writes. "What we hadn't known about gold lame is that it must be stitched in a certain way or it expands."

Fageros soon found more durable material and shocked the tennis world with her gold panties at the French Championships a month later and became known as the Golden Goddess of tennis.

In 1957, she was ranked as high as sixth in the world. She turned pro in 1959 and toured with Althea Gibson as the opening act for the Harlem Globetrotters. A bus accident in 1961 ended her competitive career.

"Her husband and I want the book to be a success so she can leave something behind," Murphy said. "She felt she came along too soon, as many others have who played before tennis became big-time.

"There are five chapters on her cancer. It's the reason she did the book, to help others who have cancer. We're still shopping the manuscript. There's also talk of a TV movie with Lynda Carter. But everything out there is dangling."


John McEnroe, who turned 30 Thursday, says he has something left before ending his career --winning one of the Grand Slam tournaments. "Wimbledon, the U.S. and the Australian Open are my likely targets. Jimmy (Connors) won Wimbledon at 32. Thus, those things can happen." . . . If the all-time women's tennis greats met in a tournament,
who would win? Historian Ted Tinling says Steffi Graf, who beats Maureen Connolly in the final in his make-believe event in World Tennis. . . . Manuela Maleeva, Stephanie Rehe, Sylvia Hanika, Arantxa Sanchez and Helen Kelesi joined the field in the $300,000 Virginia Slims of Florida March 13-19 at the Polo Club of Boca Raton. The field already includes Graf, Chris Evert and Gabriela Sabatini. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or
Liddun International, 491-7115 in Broward County and 407-395-8512 in Palm Beach County.


What started in 1984 as Inside Florida Tennis and in 1987 became nationally syndicated as Inside World Tennis is now the Tennis Magazine Show. It's co-produced by Grand Slam Communications of Delray Beach and Tennis Magazine of Connecticut. Program founder Carl Foster, owner of the South Florida Breakers of Domino's Pizza TeamTennis, is co-executive producer. The show appears in South Florida on Thursdays on SportsChannel Florida at 6 p.m. and the Sunshine Network at 7 p.m., and it's on Channel 19 (WAQ) in
West Palm Beach at 4 p.m. Sundays. . . . Rod Mandelstam, University of Miami tennis All-American in the early 1960s, is in charge of construction at the new Association of Tennis Professionals headquarters at Ponte Vedra near Jacksonville. Mandelstam runs a tennis consulting firm in Miami, Dimensional Tennis Systems, and he recently became associated with the Miami law firm Adorno, Zeder, Allen and Yoss. . . . Leo Fullwood, 68, is retiring as a teaching pro, and he and his wife Barbara are selling their Coral Oaks Tennis Club in South Dade to 16 members headed by Robert Kimmell and Maurice Alpert. . . . The U.S. Professional Tennis Association will hold a certification training course March 17-18 at Kings Bay Resort in Miami and a teachers course March 16-18 at Saddlebrook Resort near Tampa. Call 813-973-3777. . . . The 2-year-old Eddie Herr International Junior Invitational at Eagle Trace in Coral Springs has earned International Tennis Federation sanction. This year's event will be Dec. 4-9.
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