Sport: Road Show

With the enthusiasm of kids opening a lemonade stand, the tennis firm of Pauline Betz & Sarah Palfrey Cooke went into business. Sarah's tennis-playing husband, Elwood, had lined up 34 dates from New York to California. It looked like a good bet: the first pro competition between the two women who had ruled U.S. amateur tennis for six years. But Pauline and Sarah decided to give the customers something extra—a comedy act. When they played at schools (Barnard, Smith, Duke, etc.) Sarah, the straight man, appeared on court looking for Pauline, who then charged out in a man's size 44 trunks...

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