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Bev was first married to actor Scotty Beckett in Spetember of 1949. Anyone ever seen "Little Rascals"? He was a famous child actor who killed his own career by getting in drunken brawls.

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To me that IMDB is lazy research. Scotty started acting when he was three years old. He was the bread winner of the family because his dad died. Ironically, he was discovered by a casting director when Scotty was visiting his ailing father at the hospital. He made over 75 films (lot of them uncredited) by the time he was 14, he did sacrifice and worked hard. Unfortuntately what he sacrificed was social skills and other skills that would cost him later in life. As a teen, he got introduced to drugs and ultimately that is what killed him and what Beverly saw. I seen this with adults as well and lot of them are professional in those respected fields of lawyers, doctors, and so on.

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To me that IMDB is lazy research. Scotty started acting when he was three years old. He was the bread winner of the family because his dad died. Ironically, he was discovered by a casting director when Scotty was visiting his ailing father at the hospital. He made over 75 films (lot of them uncredited) by the time he was 14, he did sacrifice and worked hard. Unfortuntately what he sacrificed was social skills and other skills that would cost him later in life. As a teen, he got introduced to drugs and ultimately that is what killed him and what Beverly saw. I seen this with adults as well and lot of them are professional in those respected fields of lawyers, doctors, and so on.
It is actually a very sad story re this man. Drugs are and were such a curse and if this was superimposed on a mind that was already troubled and we are guaranteed almost certain mental illness. Also it sounds like he was over worked as a child.
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Thanks to Wolbo for bringing the passing of this one of kind player and person to our attention.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dai...?pid=170903510

Beverly Joyce Fleitz

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Beverly Joyce Fleitz

Beverly Joyce Fleitz, the daughter of Frank and Pauline Baker, passed away peacefully at her home in Long Beach, California on April 29, 2014 at the age of 84. She was born March 13, 1930 in Providence, Rhode Island. Her father taught her to play tennis at an early age in Santa Monica. Since she experienced difficulty reaching backhands, her father taught her to hit left-handed forehands instead. The ambidextrous young player captured many junior titles beginning in 1942 and won the U.S. Junior Girls crown in 1947. She continued at the professional level winning over 60 national and international singles titles. During her career, she married her beloved John in 1951, consistently ranked in the top six, and reached number one in 1959. After taking the winners crown at the Pacific Southwest tournament in Los Angeles, she announced her retirement from singles tournaments. John and Beverly were longtime residents of Long Beach and continued to play mixed doubles tournaments together. During the last eight years of her career, she was the only mother on the tennis circuit.

She was a cherished wife, devoted mother, generous grandmother, and friend whose presence would light up a room. For those of us lucky enough to have known Beverly personally, her passing has created a void that will never be filled. She will be missed each and every day. She was completely dedicated to her family and husband John, caring for him during his battle with Alzheimer's disease, which lead to his passing in 2011. She was a woman of integrity whose actions personified her values and a great sense of humor that always greeted you with a smile. May she now rest in the arms of her Heavenly Father, in peace at last.

Beverly is the mother of four children and many grandchildren and one great grandchild: Kimberly Duarte-Fleitz, Julie (Kris) Kazarian, Lisa Wetherell, Jamie Phillips, Kristen (Leith), Jeffrey (Anastassia), Brittany, Jonathan, Katie, Jackson, Daniel, Courtney, Irene and Mitchell, and great granddaughter Riley.

Beverly will be laid to rest Monday May 5th in a private ceremony at Green Hills Cemetery. The family has asked that in-lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Sanctuary Hospice at www.sanctuaryhospiceca.com or the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits and www.dailybreeze.com/obits.


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This link to a press caption and photo sums up her values:

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[February 26, 1958]
Caption: Tennis star Beverly Baker Fleitz admits she'd like very much to win the Wimbledon title but only if it doesn't interfere with her family life. "I wouldn't trade my children for all the trophies in the world," says Beverly when talking about her two youngsters. They're 5-year old Kim (left) and 1-year old Julie Ann. "You can't compare children to a cold trophy," adds Beverly..
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Bev holding a photo of herself in one of Ted Tingling's dresses

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Before the 1955 final.





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I believe the lady on the left in that photo is called Elizabeth and that she recently celebrated her 89th birthday...

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Speaking of not entirely accurate-I may have been wrong on the head to head. (There could be early California results that change things)

Currently what I have gives Mo a 3-2 edge

July 1950 FI East Hampton Baker d Connolly 6-4 9-7
July 1951 SF Penn State Connolly d Baker 6-4 6-3
Aug 1951 QF Manchester Connolly d Baker 9-7 6-2
Sept1951 FI PSW Connolly d Baker 9-7 6-4
MAR 1954 SF La Jolla Fleitz d Connolly 6-0 6-4

*The 6-0 6-4 was probably Mo's worst defeat after 1950.
Connolly 5 (10 sets) (94 games)
Baker Fleitz 4 (9 sets) (96 games)

They played only one 3-set match, won by Connolly. Four of their 19 sets went to 9-7. Baker Fleitz bageled Connolly twice. Connolly.never bagled Baker Fleitz.

In Connolly's 5 match wins, the game count was 73-45 (14.60-9.00).

In Baker Fleitz's 4 match wins, the game count was 51-21 (12.75-5.25).

1948: Colorado State Championships, Denver (unknown surface) Final: Baker 6-0, 6-3
1948: Pacific Northwest Sectional Championships, Tacoma, Washington (hard) Final: Baker 6-2, 6-1
1950: Southern California Sectional Championships (hard) 3R: Connolly 6-2, 6-3
1950: Coronado, California (hard) Final: Connolly 6-2, 7-9, 6-2
1950: Maidstone Invitational (grass) Final: Baker 6-4, 9-7
1951: Pennsylvania & Eastern Districts Championships (grass) SF: Connolly 6-4, 6-3
1951: Essex County Club Invitational (U.S.) (grass) QF: Connolly 9-7, 6-2
1951: Pacific Southwest Championships (hard) Final: Connolly 9-7, 6-4
1954: La Jolla, California (hard) SF: Baker Fleitz 6-0, 6-4

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Baker Fleitz 0, Pauline Betz 0

Baker Fleitz 7, Louise Brough 6 (0-3 at Grand Slams: 1947 U.S. 3R, 1949 U.S. QF, 1955 Wimbledon FN)

Baker Fleitz 3, Maria Bueno 0 (1-0 at Grand Slams: 1958 U.S. QF)

Baker Fleitz 15, Dorothy Bundy Cheney 1 (0-0 at Grand Slams) (Bundy Cheney's worst record against anyone; second worst was 1-8 against Alice Marble)

Baker Fleitz 4, Maureen Connolly 5 (0-0 at Grand Slams)

Baker Fleitz 3, Shirley Fry 5 (0-0 at Grand Slams)

Baker Fleitz 3, Althea Gibson 1 (2-1 at Grand Slams: 1951 Wimbledon 3R, 1955 U.S. 3R, 1958 U.S. SF won by Gibson)

Baker Fleitz 7, Darlene Hard 0 (0-0 at Grand Slams)

Baker Fleitz 1, Doris Hart 8 (1-2 at Grand Slams: 1950 U.S. SF, 1951 Wimbledon SF, 1955 Wimbledon SF) (in Hart's last career singles match at Wimbledon, Baker Fleitz finally showed how devastating she could be during a 6-3, 6-0 rout)

Baker Fleitz 2, Karen Hantze 0 (0-0 at Grand Slams)

Baker Fleitz 0, Ann Haydon Jones 0

Baker Fleitz 0, Billie Jean Moffitt King 0

Baker Fleitz 1, Angela Mortimer 0 (0-0 at Grand Slams)

Baker Fleitz 3, Margaret Osborne duPont 3 (2-1 at Grand Slams: 1948 U.S. QF won by Osborne duPont, 1951 Wimbledon QF, 1958 U.S. 3R)

Baker Fleitz 0, Sarah Palfrey Fabyan Cooke 0

Baker Fleitz 0, Nancy Richey 0

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I haven't finished researching Baker's singles record in 1951, but I'm estimating it at close to 80-18 spread over 28 tournaments, 7 of which she won.

This year in particular illustrates her problems on clay, especially in Europe. She started the year in Florida where she split 4 clay court matches with Shirley Fry followed by a loss on clay to Doris Hart in Havana.

She went to Europe in March and did not return to the U.S. until after Wimbledon. A series of losses on clay marred her tour:

* Monte Carlo, lost R16 to Barbara Scofield
* Nice, lost SF to Fry 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
* Italian National Championships, defaulted QF to Thelma Coyne Long
* Palermo, Italy, lost SF to Fry 9-7, 6-1
* Paris (at Roland Garros but not the GS event), lost SF to Hart 6-0, 0-6, 6-3
* Bournmouth, lost SF to Jean Walker Smith
* Hurlingham, won the tournament, defeated Katherine Tuckey (later Maude) in the final
* Birmingham, won the tournament, defeated Nancye Wynne Bolton in the final
* French International Championships, Paris, #5 seed, lost QF to #4 seed Walker Smith 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Switching to grass:
* Manchester, lost the final to Hart 8-6, 6-3
* Bristol, won the tournament, defeating Beryl Nicholas Bartlett in the final and Angela Mortimer in SF 6-3, 6-2
* Queen's Club, lost QF to Nancy Chaffee
* Wimbledon, #5 seed, lost SF to #3 seed Hart 6-3, 6-1 after defeating unseeded Althea Gibson in 3R 6-1, 6-3 and #2 seed Margaret Osborne duPont in QF 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. To have won the tournament, she would have had to defeat the 2, 3, and 4 seeds in succession.

The remainder of her year, all in the U.S., was notable for 3 losses to the rapidly-becoming-invincible Maureen Connolly and an upset loss at Forest Hills:
* U.S. Clay Court Championships, lost SF to Dorothy Head
* Pennsylvania and Eastern Districts Championships, lost SF to Maureen Connolly 6-4, 6-3
* Maidstone Invitational, lost the final to Patricia Canning Todd
* Essex County Club Invitational, lost SF to Connolly 9-7, 6-2
* U.S. National Championships, #6 seed, lost 3R to #3 foreign seed Tuckey. This was the start of Connolly's domination of Grand Slam tournaments.
* Pacific Southwest Championships, lost the final to Connolly 9-7, 6-4

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The following also isn't complete, especially for head-to-heads between younger players like Haydon Jones, Smith Court, Mortimer, Hantze Susman, and Richey. If one looks only at head-to-head matches between the listed women in regular tournaments (not Grand Slams), Baker Fleitz did very well:

59-33 Doris Hart
43-21 Beverly Baker Fleitz
20-01 Alice Marble
42-25 Pauline Betz
22-11 Maureen Connolly
12-03 Margaret Smith Court
22-17 Sarah Palfrey Fabyan Cooke
13-10 Angela Mortimer
15-13 Althea Gibson
05-05 Helen Jacobs
42-44 Louise Brough
09-11 Ann Haydon Jones
06-08 Karen Hantze Susman
04-06 Nancy Richey
04-13 Maria Bueno
15-26 Darlene Hard
20-40 Margaret Osborne duPont
30-51 Shirley Fry
33-78 Dorothy Bundy Cheney

Hart's and Fry's records are skewed by Hart's 33-11 record against Fry (38-13 if the Grand Slam events are added in).

Bundy Cheney's record is skewed by 43 losses to just 3 players: Betz (20), Baker Fleitz (15), and Marble (8). She played all the others evenly. (She never played Helen Wills Moody, with their eagerly anticipated "dream" 1938 semifinal at Weybridge foiled when both lost their quarterfinal matches. Moody was heard to say afterwords, "Whew, I really dodged a bullet! The only player I fear is that Bundy girl." Okay, I admit to making-up that entire quotation. Realistically, Bundy would have had virtually zero chance to beat Moody on grass. But one can dream.... Remember Haarhuis-McEnroe? Or Moffitt-Smith?)

I was most surprised by Osborne duPont's record in these "ordinary" tournaments (her Grand Slam record is in parentheses):

3-2 versus Doris Hart (6-3)
2-1 versus Baker Fleitz (1-2)
4-4 versus Dorothy Bundy Cheney (1-2)
3-3 versus Shirley Fry (1-3)
0-0 versus Maria Bueno (0-0)
0-0 versus Karen Hantze Susman (0-0)
0-0 versus Darlene Hard (0-0)
0-0 versus Ann Haydon Jones (0-0)
0-0 versus Angela Mortimer (1-1)
0-0 versus Nancy Richey (0-0)
0-0 versus Margaret Smith Court (0-0)
0-1 versus Maureen Connolly (0-1)
0-1 versus Althea Gibson (0-0)
0-1 versus Helen Jacobs (0-0)
0-1 versus Alice Marble (0-0)
0-3 versus Sarah Palfrey Fabyan Cooke (0-0)
7-14 versus Louise Brough (2-4)
1-9 versus Pauline Betz (1-3)

At the end of her amateur career, Betz named Osborne duPont as her most formidable rival. Maybe she was crossing her fingers when she said that. Betz went 0-4 against Marble, 3-4 against Brough, and 6-7 against Cooke.

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Re: Beverly Baker Fleitz

In the early 1950s, Bob Balfe had a regular column entitled "It's Post Time" at the Palm Beach Post-Times newspaper in Florida. On January 28, 1951, during the South Florida Championships, he wrote the following about Beverly Baker:

Beverly Baker, the rising tennis star without a backhand, was on the Howard Park court, holding the gallery entranced with her switch-hands ambidexterous art. She stood in deep court and batted right and left "forehands" with amazing steadiness. Only once in eight games did she flub a shot ... [because of] faulty passing of the racket-handle.

... [A] couple of tennis pros, Bob Murray and Frankie Voigt, ... agreed that ... [she] is a radical departure in the game. They could recall no other ambidexterous player who ... attained stardom except the Italian Davis Cupper, di Stephani.

[The] "dean" of tennis instructors, George Agutter, ... could think of no others [during his 55 years in tennis]. He watched ... [her] in action and analyzed her play: "You can see the advantage of court covering ... and she certainly has double driving power [from the base-line]. She ... wouldn't be nearly as effective nearer the net. This was di Stephani's weakness, too." ... [He] was approving ... of [her] unusual style ... [but was] critical of many trends in ... "modern tennis." ... "[P]layers today ... don't drive the ball on the backhand. Instead, they turn into it and slice.... It's not easy to help some of the players today. They want to argue instead of take advice."
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