SI Vault
 
NOT NEARLY AS SWEET AS HE LOOKS
Myron Cope
June 28, 1976
Meet Frank Fuhrer of the WTT Pittsburgh Triangles: "the most obnoxious owner in sports," says one star performer on his team
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
June 28, 1976

Not Nearly As Sweet As He Looks

Meet Frank Fuhrer of the WTT Pittsburgh Triangles: "the most obnoxious owner in sports," says one star performer on his team

View CoverRead All Articles View This Issue
1 2 3 4

Why, then, continue in the role of their meal ticket? "Oh, I like them very much as people," Fuhrer replies. Contradictory? Well, somehow he does like them. On impulse he has lavished expensive jewelry upon Rosewall and Goolagong, and though World Team Tennis does not award championship rings, Fuhrer purchased fancy rings for the Triangles lest they feel inferior when crossing paths with Pittsburgh Steelers.

"If the league folds," says Fuhrer, "I'll feel that I knew the risks, and I'll take my whipping like a man. I'll have my pretty green Triangle blazer and my championship ring to show for the million I lost." He remembers Bud Collins, the tennis commentator, remarking upon the attractiveness of his blazer. "I told Collins, 'Yep, we're going in with cashmere, but we might go out in burlap.' " Fuhrer somehow seems to deserve better. Hmmp?

1 2 3 4