Friday, August 16, 2013

The Match - A Sports Pioneer

Althea Gibson, the first black tennis player to win Wimbledon, forged a path for all African-American athletes to follow. Gibson will be honored August 23 with a new stamp in the U.S. Postal Service's Black Heritage series. The stamp--based on a photograph taken at Wimbledon--shows Gibson reaching low to return a volley. Readers who want to learn more about Gibson should check out Bruce Schoenfeld's biography, TheMatch: Althea Gibson and a Portrait of a Friendship. This biography depicts both her struggles as a pioneering champion and her remarkable alliance with Jewish tennis player Angela Buxton, who became her doubles partner and friend.

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