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Arthur Ashe Autographed July 14, 1975 “Sports Illustrated.”

Lot 363. Arthur Ashe Autographed July 14, 1975 “Sports Illustrated.” The headline on the magazine’s front cover tells the story: “Shocker at Wimbledon: Ashe Chops Up Connors.” He was the first African-American to capture the Wimbledon championship. In 1968, he won the U.S. Open and became the first black man to be ranked #1 in tennis. In 1970, he won both the French Open and the Australian Open. These successes place him among the all-time elite of tennis. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985. In 1983, Ashe underwent a second round of bypass surgery. Subsequently, he developed AIDS from a contaminated blood transfusion received during the surgery. In the final year of his life, he worked to call attention to AIDS sufferers, and he established the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health to deal with health care delivery issues. For these efforts and his life in sports, “SI” named him its “Sportsman of the Year” for 1992. He died in early 1993. Ashe’s autograph is mint 9 to gem mint 10 and has been authenticated by Kevin Keating. The magazine has a label at the lower left.
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