ARTHUR ASHE - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 03/11/1983 - HFSID 285022
Sale Price $252.00
Autograph Note extending birthday wishes, signed on a napkin in 1983, framed to 7x8½
Autograph Note signed: ""Happy Birthday/'Bill'/I Hope You Have/Many More,/Arthur/Ashe/3/11/83", 4x5½, framed to 7x8½.Ashe (1943-1993) was the first Black American player named to the U.S. Davis Cup team (1963-1970, 1975-1976, 1978). Still an amateur, he won the 1968 U.S. Open. Ashe also won the 1970 Australian Open and defeated Jimmy Connors to win the 1975 Wimbledon singles title. In 1988, tests showed that Ashe had HIV, probably from a blood transfusion during his 1983 bypass surgery. He died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1993 at the age of 49. Richmond, Virginia, the city that banned young Arthur Ashe from its whites-only tennis courts, dedicated a 12-foot bronze statue on Monument Avenue to the late athlete in 1996. The U.S. Open is now played at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City. Lightly toned. Signature light but completely legible. Otherwise fine condition. Not framed in the Gallery of History style.
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