The Dallas Country
Club has canceled its annual invitational tennis tournament this year, ending
its sponsorship of that attractive event. Reason: Arthur Ashe, the nation's
second-ranked player, is Negro. "I advised the board that I was going to
invite Ashe," says Tournament Director Kenneth Parker, a former ranking
player himself. "That did it. They will try to tell you it was for other
reasons. Some members had been unhappy with the tournament—it crowded the club
for a week with all sorts of strangers—and it would have been turned over to
the public Tennis Center's bigger facilities in a year or two anyway, but the
Ashe thing definitely brought it to a head. In any country club there are a
bunch of old mossbacks, and ours is no different. The club had to do it now
because Ashe is the first Negro but not, obviously, the last.
problem was not Ashe but the 50 or 100 Negro followers he would bring. Am I
going to stand at the gate and tell them they can't watch Ashe play?"
None of this was
printed in Dallas papers when the event was canceled. The News had a story,
held it while trying to dissuade the country club, then killed it because
someone thought "it would give Dallas another black eye." When the
tournament was transferred to the Tennis Center because of "overcrowded
facilities" the News did print that version and—far, far down—the
officials' denial of Parker's accusation. Felix McKnight, executive editor of
the Times Herald and past president of the club, had printed nothing of the
controversy in his paper. Owners and executives of both papers are club
THE BEST JUNIOR
HIGH IN TOPEKA
High School long has been prominent in sports in Topeka, Kans., a fact that no
doubt secretly gnawed at one of the town's leading citizens, Alf Landon. In the
1936 Presidential election, you will remember, Landon carried only two states
against a Roosevelt.
Alf's vest buttons
popped with pride, therefore, back when Landon Junior High School was built.
After the dedication ceremony, he edged over to the president of the school
board with a question. "Can I start an athletic scholarship fund here?"
stammered the school-board head.
"I've always wanted to see a newspaper headline read, LANDON DEFEATS
football seasons have passed since that dedication, and Landon hasn't defeated