Radio Appearance: Humboldt Homepage, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Friday, Sept. 4,  2015 at 1:00  PM  –  Pancho Gonzales:  Tennis


Join Doc and host Danielle Orr for for their monthly feature on great athletes and sport from the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics.

26 Jun 1969, London, England, UK --- Original caption: Wimbledon, England: Pancho Gonzales of the U.S. in action during his Wimbledon tennis open match against Ove Bengsson of Sweden. He won this Men's Singles event, 6-4, 6-3 and 6-3. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

This month, we’ll speak about one of the greats in American sport history- and America’s first minority champion in the world of tennis, Ricardo “Pancho” Gonzales from Los Angeles, California,  Though often forgotten in the age of today’s media coverage of superstar tennis players like Serena Williams and Roger Federer,  Gonzales was  big, strong, smart, fast, athletic- and both feared and admired by peers.  The self-taught Gonzales, who died 1995, dominated the game in the 1950’s and played through-out the 60’s in the wooden-racquet era.  Though a complicated and difficult personality, his peers often remarked that no-one in the game had a competitive fire like Gonzales.