Francis X. Shields Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles
FRANCIS X. SHIELDS
Francis X. Shields (1910-1975) was a highly rated tennis star of the early 1930s, famous for his hi-jinx off the court. He never won a Grand Slam tournament, but reached the finals of the US, British and French Opens. Shields, whose son and biographer William X. Shields called him "the heavyweight champion of the nightclub brawl," failed to show up for his scheduled final match at Wimbledon, either because of an injured leg or because of a romantic rendezvous, depending on which story you believed. The handsome, 6'6" Shields, grandfather of actress Brooke Shields, failed in his own bid for movie stardom, but made Hollywood friends like Errol Flynn and Johnny Weissmuller.
FRANCIS X. SHIELDS High-living amateur tennis star, grandfather of Brooke Shields, rates his rivals. Autograph Letter signed: "Francis X. Shields", 1p, 5½x3. Place and date supplied (unknown hand): "2-7-34 - N.Y., N.Y.
Sale Price $378.00
FRANK X. SHIELDS Vintage photo of the contentious tennis star, inscribed in person to collector Saul Goodman Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Saul/from/Frank X. Shields". B/w, 8x10. Collector's ink stamp on verso dates signature: October 7, 1939. Francis X.
Sale Price $270.00