Sport: Tomboy Turns Pro

At 14, Alice Marble could play baseball as well as her brothers. She shagged flies after school for the slick San Francisco Seals. "Look here," said her brother Dan, a San Francisco policeman, "baseball is no game for a girl. Look at Helen Wills and Helen Jacobs. Why not lead the swell life they do—go round the world in style and just play a few tennis matches every day." Brother Dan bought his kid sister a racquet, shoved her off to Golden Gate Park's public courts.

Alice was quick to catch on. She hit...

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