Sarah Palfrey Danzig didn't come up through the Perry-controlled Southern California system, she came through on the Eastern circuit, and she was very good, lifelong best friends with Pauline Betz- Bobbie will tell you this herself. Bobbie had nothing but respect for Sarah (and I can attest, she wrote a beautiful little note to me 15 years ago in response for an autograph request- lovely lady who is sorely missed). If you ever get a chance to read the little pocket tennis instruction book Sarah wrote, do it. As far as her being responsible for Pauline being declared a pro and ineligible, Sarah most certainly had nothing to do with it. Pauline had a reputation for paling around with the boys, and could turn a card as fast at a poker table as the best of them. Her biggest mistake was romancing with and eventually joining a travelling tour (she didn't even play tennis- ping pong and a few other exhibition sports- she was that good) with Bobby Riggs, a famous gambler. The USLTA and the Southern California Tennis Association caught wind of her simply considering turning professional and touring (no contracts or details were ever finalized), and banned her from playing amateur events. It was all political and a control factor. Much like Pancho Gonzalez, history tends to reward actual results, and when you look at the short few years where Pauline was an amateur and won a couple of majors, they don't stand out in the record books, unfortunately. Bob Addie was a Washington Post sportswriter, and a good one. By the 50s, Pauline was pretty much detached from tennis, and as far as not being there as a mother, I've never heard that, and can't imagine it to be farther from the truth. There is simply no reason I have seen or read to be tearing at the reputation of Pauline Betz Addie, so please, unless you have concrete evidence to offer, leave Bobbie alone- she deserves better.trivfun said:I guess what I mean is why the media is treating Pauline Betz like she has something to hide? All this mystery, why? And that goes for players like Brough, Fry, DuPont, and Hart as well. Maybe it was that generation that kept quiet about things. Yet, Sarah Palfrey Cooke is celebrated, Maureen Connolly as well as Althea Gibson. Yet Pauline is a bit underplayed like Maria Bueno. Margaret Court was the same way until she became a preacher and made homophobic statements. What sad about it is these players are still alive but no interviews or "Sports Century." It is as if they are in the witness protection program for something. But I don't know what?
Switching subjects I read a book called "Sports Dykes." There was interview about a famous athlete (no mention of sports) who went by the name of Carol (to hide her identity).The interview took place around 1979 or 1980. She said that she made up that story of being engaged to a war hero and put an engagement ring for effect. However, that nobody believed her.