CALIFORNIA'S BELTING BEV
Beverly Baker Fleitz, a strawberry blonde from Long Beach, Calif., is the leading—and easily the prettiest—aspirant to the world tennis throne recently vacated by Maureen Connolly. This week, lissome little (5 feet 4 inches, 116 pounds) Beverly celebrated her 25th birthday by defeating the veteran Louise Brough 8-6, 3-6, 6-2 in the finals of the La Jolla tournament. Just a year ago at La Jolla, Bev became a name—and a figure—to watch by dealing Little Mo Connolly her only 1954 setback. Forced to default in last fall's Nationals, Bev, now ranked third among U.S. women, is ready again to put her powerful and effective ambidextrous game to useful work. Mother of a two-year-old daughter, Bev says confidently: "I have good tournament temperament."
PEOPLE WITH PROBLEMS
Fighter kid Gavilan argues his case with gestures before the Miami Beach Boxing Commission. The former welterweight champion and his trainer, Ramon Mundito Medina, were accused of calling local boxing officials dishonest after Gavilan lost a decision there to Hector Constance. Fighter and trainer were fined $100 each.
Racer Donald Campbell, son of Sir Malcolm Campbell, poses with his 2�-ton turbo-jet hydroplane in which he hopes to smash the world water-speed record of 178.497 mph. During trials at Lake Ullswater, England, Campbell was nearly killed when he sped into shallow water at 150 mph, turned away with only six feet to spare.
Queen Elizabeth, displaying the royal sporting look for early March in wet England, was just another loser at the National Hunt Race Meeting in Cheltenham as her horses Devon Loch and M'as-tu-vu both lost. Pondering her failures with Sir Willoughby de Broke, the Queen wears an olive-green hat, a phantom beaver coat and zippered boots.
Slugger Al Rosen, Cleveland's invaluable third baseman, reveals to the camera that he still cannot wrap the index finger of his right hand around a bat. Rosen injured the finger while fielding a grounder last season, thereafter his hitting sagged. Former home-run and RBI leader and Most Valuable Player in the American League, Rosen otherwise seems ready.
Fan (singular) And fans (plural) make early commitments to their favorite teams. In Miami (above) a lone rooter sits in the 68,000-seat Orange Bowl pulling for the rambunctious University of Miami Hurricanes in a spring practice game. At Milwaukee (below) several thousand Braves' fans, some of whom waited for 16 hours, mill about in the snow trying to get seats for the opening game against Cincinnati, April 12.
12 ROARING HOURS
Into the orange-grove town of Se-bring in southern Florida last week poured a special breed of sportsmen: the sports car road-race drivers, their accompanying pit crew technicians and thousands of wide-eyed spectators. They had due reason to take up positions at deactivated Sebring airport early Sunday morning. The occasion was the annual Florida International 12-hour Grand Prix of Endurance, an imposing name which suggests that Sebring has become the Le Mans of the western world, with its nine hours of daytime and three hours of darkness driving over a 5.2-mile course.