ROSIE (ROSEMARY) CASALS - FIRST DAY COVER WITH AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED - HFSID 222491
ROSEMARY CASALS FDC honoring the tennis centennial First Day Cover signed: "Best wishes/always/Rosemary Casals", 6½x3½. FDC honoring the official tennis centennial, postmarked Forest Hills, N.Y., August 31, 1974, imprinted 10-cent stamp, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE.
Sale Price $63.00
FDC honoring the tennis centennial
First Day Cover signed: "Best wishes/always/Rosemary Casals", 6½x3½. FDC honoring the official tennis centennial, postmarked Forest Hills, N.Y., August 31, 1974, imprinted 10-cent stamp, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Tennis was still a game dominated by men and women from wealthy backgrounds when Rosemary Casals (b. 1948), from a poor, Salvadoran immigrant family, emerged as a star in the 1960s. She was particularly dominant in doubles tennis, winning five Wimbledon championships (with Billy Jean King) between 1967 and 1973, and four US open doubles titles (with 4 different partners). She also did much to change the game: wearing bold colors instead of the traditional whites on the court, urging spectators to cheer loudly instead of just politely clapping, and - more importantly, working to boost tournament prizes for women and opening previously amateur tourneys (including Wimbledon) to professionals. She entered the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985. While the "modern" game of tennis entered the US in 1874, a similar game is much older. In Shakespeare's Henry V, the French dauphin (crown prince) insults young King Henry by sending him a gift of tennis balls. Lightly toned. Signature lightly beaded but legible. Otherwise, fine condition.
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