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1. Tilden and Tennis in the Twenties
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2. Big Bill Tilden: The Triumphs
 
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1. Tilden and Tennis in the Twenties
by Arthur Voss
 Hardcover: 214 Pages (1985-03)
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Asin: 0878752919
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2. Big Bill Tilden: The Triumphs and the Tragedy (Hall of Fame Edition)
by Frank Deford
Paperback: 272 Pages (2004-02-25)
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Asin: 1894963245
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The classic biography of one of the most successful, yet tragic, figures in American sports history. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dedford Shows Reverence for the Tilden Legacy
Thirty plus years ago I read two articles in Sports Illustrated by Frank Dedford that stunned me. The subject was the man voted the greatest athlete of the first half of the twentieth century, tennis player Bill Tilden, and I had never heard of him. When I saw the play Big Bill at Lincoln Center years ago, written by A.R. "Pete" Gurney, I already knew many of the details. Yet it was only recently that I decided to buy this book.

This book is an expanded version of those two Sports Illustrated articles, and is written with Dedford's care and wit. I can almost hear him reading it to me, like one of his commentaries on NPR. Mr. Dedford brings Big Bill back to life, describing his ego as well as his intellect and style. None of Tilden's tennis books are in print, but used copies are available here at Amazon. Mr. Dedford gives as a motivation for Tilden's pursuit of boys in later life as a search for the son he could never have.

There is no memorial to this athlete who out-polled Babe Ruth, and his small, flat, rectangular gravestone in the Ivy Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, states, simply, "William T. Tilden 2nd, 1893-1953." There is no mention of tennis. Actually there is a memorial to Bill Tilden, THIS BOOK. And we can thank Frank Dedford for that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Briljant book
This book from 1976 is still a great book. The person of Bill Tilden comes alive. Mr Deford did a very well job not to let take bias over and wrote an excellent, honest and well documented biography. One of the best I've ever read. ... Read more


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