Mary Outerbridge

Born:
March 09, 1852
Died:
May 03, 1886
Place of Birth:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Citizenship:
United States
Induction Category:
Contributor
Year of Induction:
1981

Celebrated by some historians as the “Mother of American Tennis,” Mary Outerbridge, as the story goes, was in Bermuda on vacation during the winter of 1874 when she noticed some British army officers in a distant corner of a cricket field playing tennis. It was said that she arranged for equipment to be sent to her Staten Island home, introducing the game to her friends and relatives. Tennis indeed came to the United States at different places in 1874, and Outerbridge played a significant role in that development.

Contributions

  • Set up the first tennis court at the Staten Island Cricket & Baseball Club
  • One of the first people to have introduced tennis to the United States.