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Mary Zita McHale Jacoby

Induction Year: 1983


Mary Zita McHale Jacoby, from Dallas Oak Cliff, was known as “Iron Man McHale” during her younger playing days. She dominated women’s tennis in Texas in singles and doubles in the 1930s and early 1940s. In 1931, she won the National Public Parks Championship in singles and teamed with Charlotte MacQuiston to take the doubles crown.


Jacoby justified her nickname during the Waco Open in 1931 when the tournament was played at Cameron Park. Jacoby played five matches in one day, winning three championships: singles, doubles and mixed doubles.


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