The Match by Bruce Schoenfeld
Althea Gibson & Angela Buxton: How Two Outsiders--One Black, the Other Jewish--Forged a Friendship and Made Sports History

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Althea Gibson first met Angela Buxton at an exhibition match in India. On the surface, the two women could not have been more different. The daughter of sharecroppers, Gibson was born in the American South and grew up in Harlem. Angela Buxton, the granddaughter of Russian Jews, was raised in England, where her father ran a successful business. But both women encountered prejudice, particularly on the tennis circuit, where they were excluded from tournaments and clubs because of race and religion.

Despite their athletic prowess, both Gibson and Buxton were shunned by the other female players at Wimbledon in 1956 and found themselves without doubles partners. Undaunted, they chose to play together and ultimately triumphed. In The Match, which has been hailed as an "important contribution in spreading the legacy of Gibson,"* Bruce Schoenfeld delivers not only the little-known history of Gibson's life but also the inspiring story of two underdogs who refused to let bigotry stop them -- on the court and off. Here, too, is an homage to a remarkable friendship.

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About Bruce Schoenfeld

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Bruce Schoenfeld, an acclaimed magazine and television journalist, is a frequent contributor to many national and international publications, including "Sports Illustrated", "Travel & Leisure", and the "New York Times Magazine". He won Emmy Awards for his writing on the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and the 1996 Olympic Games in Barcelona. He is the author of "The Last Serious Thing: A Season at the Bullfights".
Published June 1, 2004 by Amistad. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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The story of an unlikely friendship between two tennis players: a black woman from the US and a Jewish woman from England.

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Professional tennis players today can earn millions of dollars on the tour and off the court, but that was not the case 50 years ago when Gibson and Buxton were two of the top women's tennis pl

Mar 15 2004 | Read Full Review of The Match: Althea Gibson & An...

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