JACK KRAMER - PRINTED ART SIGNED IN INK - HFSID 40877
JACK KRAMER B/w reproduction of a Robert Riger drawing of tennis champ Jack Kramer as a boy and as a man, both holding tennis rackets. Signed with "All the best" in blue ink. Printed art signed "All best luck/Jack Kramer" in blue ink. B/w, 8x10 overall, 6½x6¾ image, one surface.
Sale Price $198.00
B/w reproduction of a Robert Riger drawing of tennis champ Jack Kramer as a boy and as a man, both holding tennis rackets. Signed with "All the best" in blue ink.
Printed art signed "All best luck/Jack Kramer" in blue ink. B/w, 8x10 overall, 6½x6¾ image, one surface. Signed in facsimile: "Robert Riger". According to the caption at the lower margin, this is a reproduction of a Robert Riger drawing used for an Equitable Life Insurance Society of the United States advertisement. American artist ROBERT RIGER (1924-1995) was a celebrated sports illustrator and photographer (many of which appeared in Sports Illustrated) as well as a director over 200 segments for ABC's Wide World of Sports. John Szarkowski, former director of the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art, was quoted in Riger's obituary as saying: "His photographs are documents, and the best of them are also pictures that now have a life of their own, and that would have given intense pleasure to George Stubbs and Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins." American tennis champion JACK KRAMER (1921-2009) won the U.S. National Doubles (with Ted Schroeder) in 1940 and 1941 and won the event again in 1943, 1946 and 1947. He also won the doubles title at Wimbledon in 1947 and led the doubles team that won the Davis Cup in 1946 and 1947. Turning pro in 1947, he won the professional singles title in 1948, the world professional singles title in 1949 and the world professional doubles (with Bobby Riggs) in 1949. Kramer, whose name appeared on some 30 million Wilson tennis racquets, began promoting tournaments in 1952 and retired from tennis in 1954 to concentrate on tourneys. Credited with being an influential force in the game, Kramer not only promoted the game but he also helped young players at clinics, helped coach Davis Cup players and worked tirelessly for open tennis, which would allow professional players to compete against amateurs. He accomplished the latter goal in 1968, when the U. S. National became the U. S. Open. Lightly creased. Lightly rounded corners. Otherwise in fine condition.
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