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Althea Gibson

Barrier Breaker

 

—Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum —

 
Althea Gibson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, July 14, 2017
1. Althea Gibson Marker
Inscription. Althea Gibson Overcame Unbelievable Odds To Achieve International Acclaim And Success. Her Journey From The Violent Streets Of Harlem To The Royal Courts Of Wimbledon Reveals Strength Of Character And Her Remarkable Composure In The Face Of Racial Prejudice. A Pioneer In Both Amateur Tennis And Professional Golf. She Paved The Way For The Likes Of Venus Williams and Tiger Woods.

Althea Gibson Was The First Black Woman To Compete In Professional Tennis. She Won II Major Titles In The Late 1950's, Including Singles Titles At The French Open (1956), Wimbledon (1957, 1958), And The U.S. Open (1957, 1958), As Well As Three Straight Doubles Crowns At The French Open (I956,. I957, 1958). In 1957, She Was The First Black To Be Voted By The Associated Press As Female Athlete Of The Year. She Won That Honor Again in !958.

For Tennis Fans, Althea Gibson Will Always Be Somebody Very Special. Though She Didn’t Go Looking For The Role Of Pioneer, She Was One. “If It Hadn’t Been For Her,” Says Billie Jean King, Winner Of 12 Grand Slam Singles Titles, “It Wouldn’t have Been So Easy For Arthur (Ashes) Or The Ones Who Followed”.

(photo caption) Photo courtesy of the Althea Gibson Foundation
 
Erected by Daytona Beach , Florida.
 
Location.

Althea Gibson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, July 17, 2017
2. Althea Gibson Marker
(Reverse Side) inscription same as front side
29° 12.55′ N, 81° 0.993′ W. Marker is in Daytona Beach, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker can be reached from E. Orange Ave. near S. Beach St. Touch for map. Marker located in Jackie Robinson Ballpark and Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 E. Orange Ave, Daytona Beach FL 32114, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Roberto Clemente (here, next to this marker); Jackie Robinson (here, next to this marker); Willie O’Ree (a few steps from this marker); Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); A Gifted Athlete (within shouting distance of this marker); Exceptional Athletic Ability (within shouting distance of this marker); Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackie Robinson Ballpark (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Daytona Beach.
 
Regarding Althea Gibson. This Daytona Beach Ballpark is named in honor of famed major league baseball player Jackie Robinson. In 1946, Daytona Beach was the only city along the spring season circuit to allow Robinson to play. This event helped Robinson to eventually brake the color barrier in major league baseball.
On October 22, 1998, this stadium was added to the United States National Register
Althea Gibson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, July 14, 2017
3. Althea Gibson Marker
of Historic Places.
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsSportsWomen
 
Althea Gibson World Tennis Champion image. Click for full size.
By Althea Gibson Foundation
4. Althea Gibson World Tennis Champion
Althea Gibson Statue image. Click for full size.
By Althea Gibson Foundation, July 18, 2017
5. Althea Gibson Statue
Located in Maplewood, NJ
Althea Gibson image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 25, 2017
6. Althea Gibson
This 1957 watercolor portrait of Althea Gibson by Boris Chaliapin, painted for the cover of Time Magazine, hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“In 1955, Althea Gibson contemplated retiring from competitive tennis. Had she done so, she would have denied herself her greatest moment. Two years later, this "lanky jumping jack of a girl," who had begun her sports career playing paddle tennis in New York's Harlem, was arriving home from England, the winner of the women's singles and doubles titles at the prestigious Wimbledon championships. Within another two months, she had won the U.S. women's singles crown at Forest Hills, New York, and emerged triumphant as America's clay court champion as well. ‘Althea Gibson,’ reported Time magazine in its cover story for August 26, 1957, ’is not the most graceful figure on the courts, and her game is not stylish.’ Nevertheless, it was clear that at thirty an age when most tennis players lose their competitive edge she was only then hitting her stride.” — National Portrait Gallery
Jackie Robinson Ballpark Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, July 14, 2017
7. Jackie Robinson Ballpark Entrance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 118 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 18, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.   6. submitted on August 15, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7. submitted on July 18, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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