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Jean Hoxie: The Robin Hood of Tennis Hardcover – June, 1985


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  • Hardcover: 129 pages
  • Publisher: Avenue Pub Co (June 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0910977011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910977012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry Rochelle on March 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Jean Maddern Pitrone's biography, JEAN HOXIE: THE ROBIN HOOD OF TENNIS, captures the energy, personality and fanaticism of a primal force in tennis. Jean Hoxie, brought up on a Michigan farm, re-invented herself as a tennis teaching terror. Finding kids who were dynamic and graceful in Hamtramck, Michigan, and elsewhere, she turned her "Hoxie's Kids" into champions at both the local and national level.

Pitrone captures Hoxie's intensity as the coach excites the community and some very rich financial backers to pay attention to tennis thriving at Veterans Park in Hamtramck, a mostly Polish, working class community. Long rides in station wagons and hours hitting tennis balls against "The Wall" await the converts to her system, and Hoxie herself is tireless in her efforts to make champions.

Always a taskmistress, Hoxie with the help of her husband, the easy-going, accepting, Jerry, groomed her kids with rewards and nicknames. Some of the kids relished their time with her. Others grew to hate her demanding system.

Being from Toledo, Ohio, and a kid tennis player in the 1950s, I had a chance to play at Hoxie's courts in Hamtramck and probably lost matches to her minions. I certainly remember the city atmosphere, the intensity of the wall, and the sweet aroma of flowers, maybe honey suckle, that climbed near the tennis court fences on warm June days.

Pitrone re-captures that lost atmosphere and ageless enthusiasm of Jean Hoxie who loved tennis, kids and tall stories and shared them with the world.

by Larry Rochelle, author of HOME SCHOOLED, BLUE ICE, GULF GHOST and soon TEN MILE CREEK, a novel about Toledo, tennis and Hamtramck.
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