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Jun 15th, 2016 08:53 AM
Runi
Re: Little Mo. Big Al and 50s tennis

Helen Fletcher Barker still alive in 2012 and opening her garden for charity: Vital Hounds for Heroes cash raised at Beoley garden party (From Redditch Advertiser)
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
Rollo
Re: Little Mo. Big Al and 50s tennis

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
laschutz
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
Rollo
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
rollingraces
Re: Little Mo. Big Al and 50s tennis

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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
rollingraces
Re: Little Mo. Big Al and 50s tennis

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

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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
preacherfan
Re: Little Mo. Big Al and 50s tennis

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
preacherfan
Re: Little Mo. Big Al and 50s tennis

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
preacherfan
Re: Little Mo. Big Al and 50s tennis

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
Rollo
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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SUZANNE HERR FELDMAN, TENNIS PLAYER
The Miami Herald
Sunday, March 4, 1990
JIM MARTZ

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
Re: Little Mo. Big Al and 50s tennis

Nancy Chaffee, 73; Ranked 4th in Women's Tennis in '51
August 13, 2002
LISA DILLMAN
LOS ANGELES TIMES

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
Rollo
Re: Little Mo. Big Al and 50s tennis

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.
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