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?The Iron Curtain's only professional sportsman, Laszlo Papp, European middleweight boxing champion, probably will retire this year to train the Hungarian team for the Tokyo Olympics. Before that he plans a grandstand farewell in Budapest's People's Stadium against a top opponent, his first professional fight in Hungary and Hungary's only pro fight since the war.
? America's top jockey in 1962, Ronnie Ferraro, has first call to ride the horses of the Greentree Stable of John Hay (Jock) Whitney and Joan Payson through the current Hialeah meeting and probably will be signed to ride all their horses in 1963.
BY NO MEANS HUNGRY FIGHTER
Directors of the Murray ( Utah) State Bank sat down last week to fill a vacancy on the board. Placed in nomination was the name of a man who owns a large mink ranch in nearby West Jordan; has a stable of prizewinning quarter horses; is a church elder; owns several acres of valuable land; and, of course, has plenty of money in the bank. He was elected unanimously.
The new bank director arose, smiled, thanked the directors for the honor, and hoped that the next meeting of the board would not be on February 23. Banker Gene Fullmer explained bashfully that he will be out of town on that date, trying to regain the world's middleweight boxing championship from Dick Tiger in Las Vegas.
With good will and geniality, an excellent field of court tennis professionals and amateurs met last week at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia to compete and coexist. This has yet to happen in lawn tennis but it may some day come to pass. The occasion was the U.S. Open Court Tennis Singles Tournament. Neither amateur nor pro appeared to suffer from the propinquity.
"We all know we owe everything in this game to our pros," toasted one amateur, U.S.C.T.A. President W. L. (Sammy) Van Alen at the prefinals dinner. The pros were reciprocally complimentary and also very respectful. Amateurs were addressed as "mister," pros by their first names. Still, Mr. William Vogt of Princeton and the Racquet Club was the only player with a tattoo.
Mr. Vogt was also both the last amateur and last member of the host club to be eliminated, falling in the semifinals to Albert (Jack) Johnson in four sets. Johnson had not played the game in three years. (He is a racquets pro in Chicago, and none of the seven U.S. court-tennis courts lie west of the Appalachians.) He went on to win the tournament. A third-generation pro, Johnson has played court tennis for almost 40 of his 43 years. But he has a long way to go. His father, Edward Johnson, still teaches the game in England at the age of 86.